Equity & Diversity

U initiative supports African-American doctoral students

While African-American students are among the least represented at the University of Utah, the institution is launching a first-of-its-kind program designed to change that. The African-American Doctoral Scholars Initiative, which begins fall 2017, provides eligible students with annual scholarships worth up to $5,000, among other resources. Applications are being accepted through April 14. The community-building […]


U Women’s Week discusses the normalization of rape

The University of Utah’s 2017 Women’s Week, March 6-10, explores how the normalization of rape is manifested and steps that individuals can take to disrupt it. The week’s events will also address how scholars and activists have pointed out society’s desensitization to rape in recent years. Women’s Week is sponsored by the U’s Office for […]


Basketball star Jennifer Azzi to speak at the U

Former professional basketball player and coach Jennifer Azzi will speak at University of Utah’s 10th annual Edie Kochenour Memorial Lecture, March 3, 12-1:30 p.m. in the Union Saltair Room, 200 Central Campus Drive. Azzi’s talk will be followed by several breakout sessions from 1:45 to 3 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, […]


U partners with Salt Lake City School District to increase college access for west side students

The University of Utah recently launched a new initiative called Our CASA (Communities Aspiring, Succeeding, Achieving), with six spaces opening at school and community sites across the west side of Salt Lake City. This initiative is part of a partnership with Salt Lake City School District, University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) at the University of Utah, […]


Conference on Diverse Excellence

Students Strive Towards Diverse Excellence

The Associated Students of the University of Utah will hold their annual Conference on Diverse Excellence, C.O.D.E., on Wednesday, Feb. 15. The conference will focus on the theme, “Unity Through Diversity,” with the goal of bringing people of diverse backgrounds together in order to educate, uplift and support one another. The day-long conference is open […]


U, The V(i)llage inspiring future black engineers and scientists

The University of Utah’s STEM Outreach Committee, Office of Engagement and The V(i)llage are partnering to inspire future black engineers and scientists by hosting a STEM U college experience for middle and high school students on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017. Student participants are members in The V(i)llage, a comprehensive leadership bridge program for self-identifying African, […]


U aims to build top Pacific Islander program

The University of Utah recently announced its intent to build the top Pacific Islander program in the continental United States. As part of the initiative, the U is in the process of hiring two new full-time faculty in Pacific Islander studies and recently created a new scholarship aimed at recruiting and retaining talented Pacific Islander […]


U launches School for Cultural and Social Transformation

A newly created school at the University of Utah aims to provide an intellectual foundation for understanding and addressing some of the most pressing issues surrounding race and gender in American society. That goal is reflected in its name: School for Cultural and Social Transformation—the first school in the Intermountain West to make the intersection […]


Students present research at National Diversity Conference

Two students, Luis Vidal from the University of Utah and Joydino Beyale from Utah State University Eastern, recently presented their water research at the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, or SACNAS, National Conference for Diversity in STEM in Long Beach, California, on Oct. 13-15, 2016. Their research was conducted […]


U celebrates 2016 Pride Week

Pride Week 2016 at the University of Utah runs Sept. 28-Oct. 6, and will feature photographer Jeff Sheng and QueerCrip fashion designer Sky Cubacub. This year’s theme, “Queering Safe Spaces” explores the meaning of safe spaces and how they affect those included or excluded within the LGBTQIA community. “The theme, Queering Safe Spaces, is important […]