Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 65.48
Liaison Amy Brunvand
Submission Date Oct. 21, 2020

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
PA-5: Diversity and Equity Coordination

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 1.67 / 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 by the administration or governing body to advise on and implement policies, programs, and trainings related to diversity, equity, inclusion and human rights?:

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
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/
The Office for Equity and Diversity under the Vice President for Equity Diversity and Inclusion, includes five centers: American Indian Resource Center, Black Cultural Center, Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, LGBT Resource Center, and Office of Health Equity & Inclusion. The Office hosts campus events and programs to support student diversity.

Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX (OEO/AA)
URL: https://oeo.utah.edu/
OEO/AA is dedicated to providing a fair and equitable environment for all to pursue their academic and professional endeavors and to equally access University programs. The Office 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. OEO/AA acts as a point of contact with state and federal agencies that enforce anti-discrimination laws. In addition, 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.

Office for Inclusive Excellence
URL: https://inclusive-excellence.utah.edu/
In 2013, President David Pershing initiated the Office for Inclusive Excellence to inaugurate a bias incident reporting system. OIE has two specific charges: to assess and monitor the campus climate and to respond to incidents of bias and/or microaggressions that impact students at the University of Utah.

Academic Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity
URL: https://academic-senate.utah.edu/committees/sacd/
Provides 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’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.

ASUU Diversity Board, Associated Students of the University of Utah
URL: https://asuu.umc.utah.edu/boards/diversityboard
A board under the Executive Branch of the Associated Students of the University of Utah. The primary mission is to provide a platform of support to those underrepresented in the student body.

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

Staff Diversity and Equity Committee, Division of Human Resources
URL: https://staffdiversity.utah.edu/index.php
The committee is comprised of staff members from across the university in order to address staff diversity and equity challenges. Three subcommittees are the Recruitment Subcommittee, Career Mobility Subcommittee, and University Partnership Subcommittee.

Student Affairs Diversity Council (SADC)
URL: https://sadc.utah.edu/
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, a newsletter and a diversity seminar series.

Office for Health Equity and Inclusion (OHEI), UHealth
URL: https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/inclusion/
The mission of (OHEI) is two-fold: first to create a culture where inclusion fuels innovation and quality while also addressing health and education inequities within the University of Utah Health; second to establish coordinated outreach and inclusion efforts across U of U Health that ensure the workplace environment attracts and promotes the success of diverse communities.

Office of Inclusion and Outreach (OIO), School of Medicine,
URL: https://medicine.utah.edu/outreach/
Creates educational and health partnerships for medical students to volunteer in the entire Utah community. Leads efforts for cultural awareness and embrace and welcome cultural differences in the School of Medicine and the Utah community.

Estimated proportion of students that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Estimated proportion of non-academic staff that has participated in cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

A brief description of the institution’s cultural competence, anti-oppression, anti-racism, and/or social inclusion trainings and activities:

Diversity (DV) General Education Requirement
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/general-education/requirements/dv.php
The diversity requirement supports the institutional commitment to proactively support a positive campus climate in regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Courses that fulfill this requirement provide opportunities for students to critically explore the society and culture in the United States — its norms, laws, public policies, cultural practices, and discourses — in the context of the rich and varied cultural diversity that has shaped it. All students in courses fulfilling this requirement will grapple with theoretical approaches to discrimination, privilege, and social justice. Race, ethnicity, sex, gender, socioeconomic status, age, religion, ability status, or sexual orientation will be the crux of these classes.

SafeU Training
URL: https://safeu.utah.edu/training/
Beginning in fall 2018, all students and newly hired faculty and staff are expected to complete an online training module addressing sexual assault, relationship violence, stalking and sexual harassment.

Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence (CTLE)
• Inclusive Teaching in the Classroom
• Facilitating Challenging Discussions in the Classroom
• Creating an Inclusive Syllabus
• Incorporating Student Feedback into Courses
• Assessing Classroom Climate: Incorporating Student Feedback into Courses
• Transforming Classrooms into Inclusive Communities (TCIC)
• Faculty Learning Community for Inclusivity in the Classroom, began in Spring 2019.

LGBT Resource Center
• Gender & Sexuality Workshop (GSW)

Office for Inclusive Excellence
• “But I Didn’t Mean it Like That.” Recognizing and Responding to Bias & Microaggressions
• “What Does Diversity Mean and Why Does It Matter?”
• “Where Do I Fit In?” Intersectionality and Positionality in Institutional Structures
• “Be More Than a Bystander.” How to Intervene When You Witness Violence, Harassment, or Discrimination Racial Identity Caucus Groups: Building an AntiRacist Campus

Office of Equal Opportunity and AffirmativeAction (OEO/AA)
• Anti-discrimination policies
• Disability accommodations
• Title IX of the Education Amendment Act
• Faculty Search Training
• OEO Combination Training

Office for Equity & Diversity (OED)
• Tokenism

Student Affairs Diversity Council (SADC)
• Diversity Training Certificate Program
o Module 1: Exploring Self & Others
o Module 2: Exploring Power, Bias & Values
o Module 3: Dialoging about Social Justice
o Attend 5 seminars from the SADC speaker series
o Attend 1 campus or community diversity or social justice

Website URL where information about the institution’s diversity and equity office or trainings is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Developing an Inclusive Syllabus, CTLE and Office for Inclusive Excellence, 2017.


In April 2019, Mary Ann Villarreal was appointed as the inaugural Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

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)


Office for Inclusive Excellence, Annual Report 2817-2018
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/annual-reports/2017-2018%20OIE%20Annual%20Report.pdf

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