Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 58.55
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date April 5, 2017
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University of Utah
PA-4: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.33 / 2.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a diversity and equity committee, office, and/or officer tasked to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights on campus?:

Does the committee, office and/or officer focus on students, employees, or both?:
Both students and employees

A brief description of the diversity and equity committee, office and/or officer, including purview and activities:

Office for Equity and Diversity
The Office for Equity and Diversity is comprised of leaders, experts, and educators who drive the University’s efforts to create a safe and welcoming campus climate. The Office is deeply committed to enhancing student success, recruiting our future leaders, and engaging with key community members on and off campus. Initiatives include, supporting student success, recruiting future leaders, and engaging community.
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action (OEO/AA) is a professional resource dedicated to the University of Utah’s commitment to provide a fair and equitable environment for individuals to pursue their academic and professional endeavors and to equally access University programs. In order to further this commitment, the OEO/AA is responsible for ensuring University practices and nondiscrimination policies are in full compliance with all federal, state and local anti-discrimination laws, and provide processes to fairly and effectively resolve complaints, provide reasonable accommodations, and to make appropriate corrections. The OEO/AA acts as a point of contact with state and federal agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition, the OEO/AA assists the University in meeting its commitment to achieving a truly integrated and diverse work force by preparing the University’s Affirmative Action plans, monitoring and reporting on their effectiveness, and by acting as a resource for University department’s in their recruitment processes.
URL: http://oeo.utah.edu/about-us/

Office for Inclusive Excellence
In 2013, President David Pershing initiated the Office for Inclusive Excellence to inaugurate a bias incident reporting system. His decision came after several bias incidents occurred at our university, which prompted students to raise awareness about the negative impact of bias on the campus climate.
URL: http://inclusive-excellence.utah.edu/

Academic Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity
The Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity shall provide leadership and expertise to the University community in promoting diversity in their various roles and activities and serve as a forum for the exchange of ideas within the University. The Committee should respond to directions from the Academic Senate, while retaining the freedom to set its own agenda. The Committee’s principal role is to identify issues, projects, and proposals that would further a positive climate of diversity on the University campus, would enhance relations with diverse elements in the community, and would promote appreciation of diversity in the wider community.
URL: http://academic-senate.utah.edu/committees/sacd/

Graduate School, Assistant Dean for Diversity
Inclusiveness of students from communities underrepresented in higher education, particularly racial and ethnic communities, creates a better academic environment for all students and is a goal we are committed to reaching. The University of Utah Graduate School is dedicated to collaborating with university entities to create a campus climate that accommodates all members of the graduate community. The Office of Diversity in The Graduate School partners with graduate academic departments to achieve these goals. At the University of Utah, we want all graduate students to feel respected and free to participate in graduate education and achieve their highest potential.
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/

Staff Diversity and Equity Committee (Division of Human Resources)
The committee has subcommittees working on recruitment, career mobility, and university partnership. one example of the work being done by this group is a new initiative that will help refugees relocated to Salt Lake City to find higher level professional staff positions at the University of Utah campus.
URL: http://staffdiversity.utah.edu/committee.php

Student Affairs Diversity Council
The Student Affairs Diversity Council (SADC) strives to cultivate an environment that embraces and promotes the broad scope of diversity within the division. SADC offers a Diversity Training Certificate Program, and a speakers bureau. Every month the Student Affairs Diversity Council organizes seminars to enhance the collective knowledge of our Division in terms of race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexuality, ability, legal and immigration status, appearance, religion, political affiliation, or age.
URL: http://sadc.utah.edu/

University of Utah School of Medicine, Office of Inclusion and Outreach
The mission of the Office of Inclusion and Outreach (OIO) is to extend an open invitation to all embracing and supporting all values for the enrichment of the entire Utah community.
URL: http://medicine.utah.edu/outreach/

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of staff (including administrators) that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

Estimated proportion of faculty that has participated in cultural competence trainings and activities (All, Most, Some, or None):

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence trainings and activities for each of the groups identified above:

Diversity Training Certificate Program (Student Affairs Diversity Council)
Requirements: 1) Complete ALL 3 Training Modules. 2) Attend 5 Student Affairs Diversity Council speaker series 3) Attend one campus and/or community diversity or social justice program/activity. 4) Complete a reflection piece, one to two pages. The reflection piece should address your experience completing the requirements for the SADC Certificate. Please include how the experience might have impacted your work with students and any significant personal and/or professional growth. Also please address how these experiences might have increased your awareness and willingness to discuss issues of diversity and inclusion in order to foster our goal of creating a more inclusive and safe campus environment. If you did not find that the training made a personal/professional impact, please spend some time talking about reasons you believe this might be the case.
URL: http://sadc.utah.edu/diversity-training-certificate-program.php

LGBT Resource Center
The Training Program at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center strives to create an atmosphere of inclusion for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, Intersex, and Asexual (LGBTQIA*) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The program raises visibility through: 1) Education of individuals on LGBTQIA* issues relating to gender and sexuality and how one may intervene when they witness discrimination. 2) Creating visibility of people who can provide resources to LGBTQIA* community members and their allies. 3) Creating a safe environment on campus and in the community free from transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism, and cisgender bias. The Program generally lasts for 3 hours. Trainings can be scheduled throughout the year.
URL: http://lgbt.utah.edu/lgbtrc-programs/trainings.php

Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
Training is available to any university affiliated group or individual for department meetings, faculty meetings, faculty search committees, student groups, and academic classes. Training sessions vary in length from 30 minutes to 4 hours and can be tailored to the specific needs of the audience.
URL: http://oeo.utah.edu/services/training-programs/

ULEAD Leadership Certificate
A program that documents the student exploration of leadership in professional and personal life. Areas of focus are diversity and social justice, leadership theory, ethical leadership and hard skills. Completion of the program requires three (3) hours of workshops in each of the ULEAD areas listed below as well as one (1) qualifying conference.
URL: http://leadership.utah.edu/ulead/

The website URL where information about the programs or initiatives is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Thirteen Immediate Responses to the Open Dialogue on Racial Climate
The official response to the Open Dialogue on Racial Climate (11/20/15) calls for mandatory diversity training for all faculty and staff. A working group has been formed with a goal of having a pilot program in place by November, 2017. (See PA-5)

A number of related offices have responsibility for inclusion, equity, diversity, and equal opportunity:

Office for Equity and Diversity
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/

Office for Inclusive Excellence
URL: http://inclusive-excellence.utah.edu/

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action
URL: http://oeo.utah.edu/

Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity
URL: http://academic-senate.utah.edu/committees/sacd/

Division of Human Resources, Staff Diversity
URL: http://staffdiversity.utah.edu/index.php

Graduate School, Assistant Dean for Diversity
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/

Student Affairs Diversity Council
URL: http://sadc.utah.edu/

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