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University of Arizona

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
1200 E University Blvd.
Tucson, Arizona 85721
(520) 621-2211
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School Information
"As Arizona’s land-grant university, we are driven to do great things. It’s our passion to transform the lives of our student Wildcats and to solve some of the biggest challenges facing our state and the world." The university enrolls over 46,000 students, offers over 300 majors, and has a 15:1 student-faculty ratio. (Source:
General Information
The University of Arizona has not yet implemented a university-wide anti-racism initiative. However, a university project team is developing an "Anti-Racism Extended Reality Studio." No Critical Race Training sessions are yet required of students. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Eller College of Management at UA offers many diversity, equity and inclusion trainings including: "Diversity and Inclusion in Education," "Inclusive Instructional Design," and "Dealing with Microaggression as an Employee."
  • The Office of Inclusive Learning, Engagement and Leadership at UA "works to bring the University of Arizona's core value of inclusion into practice by offering various learning and development programs related to diversity, equity and inclusion" for its faculty and staff. Training courses offered include "Difficult Conversations: Talking about Race at Work" and "Nano Tips for Identifying and overcoming [sic] Unconscious Bias in the Workplace."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • As of January 2022, and as part of the "Attribute Requirement in General Education," General Education at AU includes "Diversity and Equity Attribute" courses. Classes with the Diversity and Equity Attribute would "focus on issues such as racism, classism, sexism, ableism, imperialism, colonialism, transphobia, xenophobia, and other structured inequities." The program's description also states that "It is our responsibility as Wildcats to promote greater social equity."
Disciplinary Measures
  • UA's "Bias Education and Support Team" (BEST) is a "resource for members of the university community who believe they have experienced a bias-related incident for which they would like to receive support or facilitate communications when that incident would not be subject to investigation and accountability under the Nondiscrimination and Anti-harassment Policy."
  • The University of Arizona has an "Incident Report Referral Form."
Program and Research Funding
  • A $50,000 grant has been given to help a University of Arizona team develop the "Anti-Racism Extended Reality Studio."
  • The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at UA offers the JEDI (Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Minor which is "designed to reach across SBS College and University disciplines to bring together campus-wide expertise for teaching and learning in these subject areas."
  • The Cultural & Inclusive Experiential Learning Opportunities Institute is "dedicated to empowering colleagues from minority-serving Institutions to collaboratively design and create inclusive and culturally relevant experiential learning programs that benefit all students, including those who had been historically marginalized."
  • The university's Inclusive Leadership Institute develops fellows who "support and advance the university's commitment to inclusion by infusing it into their classrooms, research labs, and outreach because significant learning happens when people work with others who are different from themselves."
  • The University has a stated goal of transforming every aspect of campus life using Inclusive Excellence as its model: "We want to transform UA into the quintessential IE university for the 21st century. Achieving this goal will depend on how well the campus community values and engages the rich diversity of students, staff, faculty, administrators, alumni and community constituents. More than a short-term project or the effort of a single office, this comprehensive approach engages everyone in complete cultural institutional transformation by embedding and practicing IE in every endeavor, aspect and level of the university."
  • There are resources for "Bystander Intervention" and tools to "stand in solidarity."
  • The library offers numerous resources broken down by topics like "intersectionality" and "accountability."
  • The "Men of Color Initiatives" at UA "focuses on exploring the concepts of gender, race, power, and privilege and the influence they have on the experiences of men of color in college."
  • On September 28, 2022, AU held an event titled "'The Political Determinants of Health' – A Talk and Book Signing by Daniel Dawes." Dawes' book "provides an in-depth lens on the root causes of inequities, both published by Johns Hopkins Press are now nationally and internationally recognized and used as top health policy books."
  • UA's College of Nursing has a Health Detriments Science webpage which states, "Within health determinants science, our faculty are generating knowledge to inform our understanding of health equity, special and vulnerable populations, healthful aging, health promotion behavioral change, and community and environmental factors that affect both individual and public health."
  • On July 21, 2020, the Department of Health Sciences at UA published an article titled "Four Steps Can Reduce Unconscious Bias in Hiring," which states that "Overcoming implicit judgments can foster a more diverse academic community."
  • On March 17, 2023, UA hosted a virtual event titled "Writing Across the Curriculum: Coding, Encoding, and Decoding for Diversity," which gave teachers "...the chance to explore the effect of language" inside their curriculum and "a space to workshop one artifact" from their own classroom with a "DEI lens." 
  • On April 23, 2021, UA's College of Public Health hosted a virtual event titled "Stand Against Racism 2021: From Declarations to Change," and stated that "Stand Against Racism provides the opportunity for our community to discuss an issue that inspires us to take a #StandAgainstRacism and unite our voice with others to educate, advocate, and promote racial justice."
  • The Office of Student Success and Retention Innovation states the following regarding Critical Race Theory: "Racial disparities in retention and graduation rates are a top concern across institutions of higher education, yet scholars and practitioners rarely look to systemic racism in explaining these disparities. Critical race theory (CRT) is a framework used to examine power and oppression dynamics between racialized groups, providing insight on how racism serves to maintain and reinforce inequity in educational policies, practices, and access to resources and opportunities."
  • UA provides Black Lives Matter resources which include various articles and commentary on the topic.
  • In March 2023, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion held the Diversity & Inclusion Symposium which "builds a community to learn and discuss critical diversity and inclusion issues in higher education to expand our collective knowledge, strengthen our resilience, and deepen our capacity for compassion."
Symbolic Actions
  • University of Arizona Health Sciences announced its commitment to anti-racism. It also included links to Harvard's "Implicit Bias Test" as well as "Guidelines for Effective White Caucuses."
Last updated March 27th, 2024
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