Overall Rating Bronze - expired
Overall Score 35.74
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Aug. 11, 2011
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University of Utah
PAE-6: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 2.00 / 2.00 Myron Willson
Sustainability Director
Sustainability Office
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee?:

The charter or mission statement of the committee or a brief description of the committee's purview and activities :

"Provides leadership and expertise to the University of Utah community in promoting diversity in their various roles and activities; serves as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the University. The committee’s principal role is to identify issues, projects, and proposals that would further a positive climate of diversity on the University of Utah campus, would enhance relations with diverse elements in the community, and would promote appreciation of diversity in the wider community; reports to the Academic Senate." quoted from Roster of Committees (see link)

Members of the committee, including affiliations :

Chair: Susan Morrow (Education); Peter Alfeld (Mathematics), Tenille Brown (Law), Marcia Cook (Biochemistry), Erika Church (Marriott Library), David Derezotes (Social Work), Phil Emmi (Architecture+Planning), Wendy L. Hobson-Rohrer, Cathy Martinez (LGBT Resource Center), Patricia Murphy (Nursing), Peter Romero (Engineering), Maeera Shreiber (English), Linda St. Clair (Marriott Library); Students: Guillermo Nicolas Garcia, Xochitl C. Juarez, Neela Pack, Angela Parkinson; Ex-officio: Octavio Villalpando (AVP/Diversity), Chase Jardine, (ASUU president) James Anderson (past president),Colleen Casto (Public Relations), Debra Daniels (Women’s Resource Center), Ron Harris (AVP-Health Sciences), Susie Johnson (OEO/AA), Theresa Martinez (Outreach), Krista Pickens (OEO/AA), Mateo Remsburg (Student Recruitment), Ed Trujillo (past chair), Octavio Villalpando (AVP/Diversity), Sweeney Windchief (Grad School), Joanne Yaffe (past chair, PCSW); Community Representatives: Yolanda Francisco-Nez (11), Linda Oda (12),

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity committee is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity office?:

A brief description of the diversity office:

"The Office for Equity and Diversity is proud to lead the University’s efforts to support the success and achievement of faculty, students, and staff who self-identify as African American, Latina/o or Chicana/o, Asian American, Pacific Islander, American Indian, members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning community, and women in underrepresented fields."--quoted from the Equity and Diversity homepage

The number of people employed in the diversity office:

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity office is available:
Does the institution have a diversity and equity coordinator?:

Diversity coordinator’s name:
Octavio Villalpando

Diversity coordinator's position title:
Associate Vice President for Diversity and Equity

A brief description of the diversity coordinator's position:

Coordinator's position description: "the Office of the Associate Vice President for Diversity is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit students, faculty and staff who will further enrich our campus diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional and personal success while they are here."--quoted from website

The website URL where information about the diversity and equity coordinator is available:

The University also has a Diversity Requirement Committee: Mission Statement - "The Diversity requirement stands as an institutional commitment to develop and teach ways of thinking drawn from multiple histories and cultural heritages that shape the United States. Courses which fulfill this requirement are designed to explore the national society—its norms, laws, public policies and discourse—in the context of the rich and varied cultural diversity which has shaped it. The goal of this requirement is to extend cross-cultural understanding, perhaps replacing the impulse to stereotype, with better informed reasoning, understanding, and judgment skills. This, in turn, will open possibilities for meaningful communication across social boundaries and allow students to better consider ethical and social decisions from multiple perspectives. This requirement also signals to students that their distinctive traditions, opinions, and insights belong at the university."--quoted from website

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