Equity & Diversity

Power to the parents

A new policy memo released this week involving University of Utah and other researchers contends that educational systems need new strategies to meaningfully engage families and communities. In the memo, “Recasting Families and Communities as Co-Designers of Education in Tumultuous Times,” the authors describe how justice-based approaches to family engagement enable parents and families, particularly […]


University of Utah appoints first vice president for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins announced that Mary Ann Villarreal will join the university as the inaugural vice president for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. Villarreal is currently associate vice president of strategic initiatives at California State University, Fullerton. She will assume her new role on July 1, 2019. “Mary Ann has extensive experience in […]


Hate incidents are notoriously underreported. Now, there’s an app for that

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is responsible for tracking hate crimes across the country, but the data are notoriously unreliable. Low reporting from victims to police and inconsistent reporting from police to federal authorities have created a massive gap in how we understand hate in America.  Researchers from the University of Utah want to fill that […]


Building an educational bridge between the Pacific Islander community and the U

Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of a Pacific Islands Studies initiative at the University of Utah—and a new $600,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will allow major acceleration of this effort. The three-year grant will be used […]


But I didn’t mean it like that

A new series of posters on the University of Utah campus highlight commonly used microaggressions. The posters show faces behind small sentences that say things such as, “Where are you really from?” “You’re pretty for a dark-skin girl,” and “What are you?” Microaggressions are subtle—often unintentional—statements or actions that reveal unconscious biases toward members of marginalized […]


U to graduate 8,568 students

University of Utah senior Hodan Abdi came to Utah with her family five years ago from a refugee camp in Ethiopia. She will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and an emphasis in biology this year, along with 8,568 other U students who will also celebrate achieving this milestone. The 149th general commencement ceremony […]


1,700 Latino youth to visit the U

The University of Utah is hosting nearly 1,700 Latino youth Thursday, April 26, for the annual Latinos in Action conference. The high school students will participate in cultural dances and performances, attend workshops on a variety of topics, including strengthening civic engagement, and some will receive thousands of dollars in scholarships Latinos in Action is […]


U hosts State of Utah Black Affairs Summit

The University of Utah Black Faculty and Staff Association hosts its second State of Utah Black Affairs Summit Saturday, April 7, 2018, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., in the Spencer Fox Eccles Business Building, 1655 Campus Center Drive. The event is free and open to all who are interested in supporting African-Americans in Utah, but registration is […]


‘Hidden Figures’ author, NASA scientist to speak at the U

The University of Utah MUSE Project will host Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures,” and Ellen Stofan, former chief scientist at NASA, as the keynote guests for its theme year on empowerment. Shetterly and Stofan will make a joint presentation at Kingsbury Hall on Friday, March 30, 2018, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are […]


U to graduate 8,566 students

University of Utah student Christina Andino will be among only 0.03 percent of foster youths who graduate from college when she receives a bachelor’s degree this year. After transferring to the U in 2015 from Salt Lake Community College, Andino is graduating with a Bachelor of Social Work and no student loan debt. While Andino […]