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

STARS v2.2

University of Utah
PA-7: Support for Underrepresented Groups

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Amy Brunvand
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution have a publicly posted non-discrimination statement? :

The non-discrimination statement, including the website URL where the policy is publicly accessible:

Nondiscrimination & Accessibility Statement
URL: https://www.utah.edu/nondiscrimination/
The University of Utah does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information or protected veteran’s status, in employment, treatment, admission, access to educational programs and activities, or other University benefits or services.

Additionally, the University endeavors to provide reasonable accommodations and to ensure equal access to qualified persons with disabilities.

Where discrimination is found to have occurred, the University will take reasonable steps to investigate the matter, stop the harassment, prevent its recurrence and remedy its effects.

Inquiries concerning perceived discrimination or requests for disability accommodations may be referred to the University’s Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator:

Does the institution have a discrimination response protocol or committee (sometimes called a bias response team)?:

A brief description of the institution’s discrimination response protocol or team:

The Racist and Bias Incident Response Team meets monthly, and anyone with questions, concerns or ideas about reporting, tracking, responding or communicating about racist and bias incidents are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. Additional information on how the Racist and Bias Incident Response Team supports those who have experienced or witnessed a bias incident, act of discrimination or hate crime can be found in the uploaded supporting documentation below: RBIRT Information Slides.

The committee is co-chaired by Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Jason Ramirez and Associate Director of Communications Annalisa Purser. Committee members represent administration, faculty, staff and students. Some of the offices represented include the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion; Housing & Residential Education; University Counseling Center; Office of General Counsel; Department of Public Safety; Victim-Survivor Advocates in the Center for Student Wellness; Facilities Management; Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action; Office for Inclusive Excellence; Associated Students of the University of Utah; Facilities and Engineering for the Health Sciences Campus; and the Academic Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity.

Students, faculty, staff and visitors who believe they have witnessed or been the target of bias, intolerance or discrimination may report an incident to the Office for Inclusive Excellence (bias and intolerance) or to the Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action, and Title IX (sexual misconduct and discrimination). Additionally, comprehensive safety information is available at safeu.utah.edu.

Additional information:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit students from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs specifically designed to recruit academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

Does the institution have programs designed specifically to recruit non-academic staff from underrepresented groups?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to recruit students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:


CESA Transfer Program
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/transfer/
A program for students who transfer from community college. A new course entitled ETHNC 3790 – Politics for Borders and Migration has been created for new transfer students to help acclimate them to the University of Utah. This course fulfills the International Requirement (IR) needed to graduate at the U.

First Year Diversity Scholars , Office for Equity & Diversity
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/first-year-diversity-scholars/
Supports students through a personalized campus orientation, regular interactions with faculty and staff of color, academic advising, multiple mentoring relationships, and off-campus community engagement opportunities. The program is implemented as a cohort model that includes traditional admitted students, sponsored students, and scholarship students.

Graduate School Diversity Office, Recruitment Initiatives
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/resources/recruitment-initiatives/
Programs include Ronald E. McNair Fellowship, University visit program, application fee waivers, African American Doctoral Scholars Initiative, and American Indian Residency.

Return to the U
URL: https://return.utah.edu/
A program to help adult learners, working students, and nontraditional students complete their education at the University of Utah.


Faculty Hiring Initiative - One U Thriving
Website describes ongoing initiative to accelerate recruitment and hiring of faculty from diverse backgrounds.


Staff Diversity and Equity Committee, Recruitment Subcommittee
URL: https://staffdiversity.utah.edu/recruitment.php
Tasked with providing strategies and support hiring managers to improve the number of underrepresented groups in positions throughout the University.

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support, academic support, or other programs designed specifically to support students from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs designed specifically to support academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

Does the institution have mentoring, counseling, peer support or other programs to support non-academic staff from underrepresented groups on campus?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs designed specifically to support students, academic staff, and/or non-academic staff from underrepresented groups:


Famtorship for Social Justice
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/famtorship/
Creates a space where “famtors” that identify as either first-generation, low-income, students of color, undocumented/DACAmented, and LGBTQIA can share their experiences and support famtees in developing skills that will allow them to be transformative and impactful leaders at and beyond the University of Utah.

First Ascent Scholars, David Eccles School of Business
URL: https://eccles.utah.edu/programs/undergraduate/first-ascent-scholars/
First Ascent Scholars, a Jeff and Helen Cardon Foundation and David Eccles School of Business partnership, cultivates, encourages and enables academically focused students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds to attend the Eccles School, connect with the University of Utah, local and global community, and reach their full academic potential. Scholars are expected to give back to the broader community through volunteer work, engagement in First Ascent activities, and in their academic commitment at the Eccles School.

LEAP Academic Learning Communities, Office of Undergraduate Studies
URL: https://leap.utah.edu/
LEAP is a two semester seminar to increase undergraduate retention and completion by enabling new students to transition more confidently to college and to play an active role in their own education. The program includes Engineering LEAP for Women & STEM Minorities, and STEM LEAP in partnership with the REFUGES program.

Lorde Scholars
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/lorde-scholars/
Leaders of Resilience, Diversity and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars program is named after the great author, scholar of color, and activist for social justice and LGBTQ rights – Audre Lorde. The program connects students to resources and opportunities across campus

REFUGES, Center for Science and Mathematics Education
URL: https://csme.utah.edu/refuges
In 2012, the Center for Science and Mathematics Education (CSME) launched the REFUGES program at the University of Utah. REFUGES includes an afterschool program and summer science bridge course that address under-representation of women, minorities, refugees, non-native English speakers, and economically disadvantaged students in STEM disciplines and the academic weaknesses that refugee youth face in the Utah school system.


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

Staff Diversity and Equity Committee, Career Mobility Subcommittee
URL: https://staffdiversity.utah.edu/recruitment.php
A disproportionate percentage of minorities at the University are in our entry level positions. This group will identify ways to help these staff members develop skills and experience necessary to support their career development.

WoCA (Women of Color Academics)
WiHM (Women in Health and Medicine)


American Indian Resource Center, Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/centers/airc/

Black Cultural Center, Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/centers/bcc/

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs, Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/centers/cesa/

Center for Disability and Access, Student Affairs
URL: https://disability.utah.edu/

Dream Center, Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
URL: https://dream.utah.edu//index.php

LGBT Resource Center, https://lgbt.utah.edu/
URL: http://lgbt.utah.edu/

Office of Equal Opportunity & Affirmative Action
URL: https://oeo.utah.edu/

Office for Health Equity and Inclusion, UHealth
URL: https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/inclusion/

Veterans Support Center, Student Affairs
URL: https://veteranscenter.utah.edu/

Women’s Resource Center, Student Affairs
URL: https://womenscenter.utah.edu/

Does the institution have training and development programs, teaching fellowships and/or other programs that specifically aim to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members?:

A brief description of the institution’s programs to support and prepare students from underrepresented groups for careers as faculty members:

Emerging Diversity Scholars (Graduate School)
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/emerging-diversity-scholars-fellowship/
The fellowship is designed to offer financial support to promising underrepresented graduate students who have successfully completed their first-year of full-time graduate studies at the University of Utah. This award supports scholars whose engagement in the academy will contribute to diversity in higher education. We look for graduates who have a sustained personal commitment with communities historically underrepresented in the academy throughout the U.S., and who are able to bring diversity into their learning, teaching, service, and/or scholarship.

Graduate Diversity Enhancement Grants
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/graduate-diversity-enhancement-grants/
Graduate Diversity Enhancement Grants to support the retention and professional development of historically underrepresented graduate students. Applicants can request a maximum award of $1,000.

National Center for Faculty Development & Diversity (NCFDD), institutional membership.
URL: http://education.utah.edu/NCFDD.php
An independent professional development, training, and mentoring community for faculty members, postdocs, and graduate students.

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS, UHealth.
URL: https://uofuhealth.utah.edu/sacnas/

Graduate School Diversity Office
URL: https://gradschool.utah.edu/diversity/

Does the institution produce a publicly accessible inventory of gender-neutral bathrooms on campus?:

Does the institution offer housing options to accommodate the special needs of transgender and transitioning students?:

Website URL where information about the institution’s support for underrepresented groups is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:


Gender Free Restroom Map, LGBT Resource Center
URL: https://map.utah.edu/?genderfreerestrooms=on

Gender Inclusive Housing, LBGT Resource Center
URL: https://lgbt.utah.edu/resources/transresourceindex.php
Housing & Residential Education provides gender inclusive housing on campus and is committed to making each resident feel welcomed and included in our campus communities; including an environment welcoming to all gender identities and forms of gender expression. Students interested in Gender-Inclusive housing can apply to housing through a confidential process. Students in need of gender inclusive housing should contact Housing & Residential Education either through the application process or by directly contacting our office.


Faculty Search and Recruitment Toolkit
URL: http://diversity.utah.edu/wp-content/uploads_temp/Hiring_Toolkit_Br_WEB.pdf

Graduate School Diversity Office, Comprehensive Resource Guide: To Partner with the Graduate School Diversity Office, 2019.
URL: https://indd.adobe.com/view/67214395-1238-4167-9610-77fdbec6cb7a
This report presents data on the state of graduate student diversity and resources to improve recruitment and retention of underrepresented groups

Campus Guide, Diversity and Inclusion, J. Willard Marriott Library
URL: http://campusguides.lib.utah.edu/diversityandinclusion/home
A research portal for diversity and inclusion at the J. Willard Marriott Library, the University of Utah, Utah, and the greater US.

Office for Equity, Diversity & Inclusion
URL: https://diversity.utah.edu/our-team/
Lead by Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal.

Office for Inclusive Excellence, Annual Reports
URL: https://ugs.utah.edu/annual-reports/

Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity, Annual Reports
URL: https://academic-senate.utah.edu/annual-reports/

Women’s Enrollment Initiative, Student Affairs, 2017-18 Annual Report
URL: https://studentaffairs.utah.edu/assessment/_resources/documents/annual-reports/2017-2018/annual-report-womens-enrollment-initiative-2017-2018.pdf
Key Activity III: Recruitment

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