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University of Utah

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
201 Presidents' Cir
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone
(801) 581-7200
Email address
admissions@utah.edu
School Information
"Imagine what you want to accomplish, then really making it happen. Imagine designing and publishing a video game before earning your diploma, starting a business while studying business, and doing all this in a setting that begs you to get out and do something... Imagine, then Do. Opportunity awaits and all things are possible at a place we call Imagine U. The University of Utah." The university enrolls over 31,000 students, has a 17:1 student-faculty ratio, and over 150 academic programs. (Source: https://www.utah.edu/about/) (Source: https://www.utah.edu/) (Source: https://advising.utah.edu/majors/quick-look/index.php)
General Information
Individual institutions within the University of Utah have outlined their Diversity and Antiracism plans. The S.J. Quinney College of Law released its new diversity and antiracism plan which included steps to retain a "critical mass" of both students and faculty from underrepresented groups, enhancing antiracism trainings for faculty and students, and examining the law school curriculum. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The College of Law will be taking steps to identify and address "implicit bias...in the College of Law community by continuing to provide and encourage antiracism training for faculty, staff, and students."
  • The University of Utah's Physics & Astronomy EDI (Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion) Committee and Executive Committee have modified the "Departmental Retention, Promotion, and Tenure policy" to require candidates for promotion and tenure to "submit a statement of accomplishments for and commitment to enhancing equity, diversity, and inclusion."
  • The university offers the "Whiteness Privilege and Critical Praxis" course.
  • As part of the "One U Thriving" initiative, the Office of EDI hosts "Friday Forums on Racism in Higher Education."
Curriculum Changes and Requirements
  • The College of Law will be taking steps to examine its curriculum to "make sure that we are educating our students about inequality and racial oppression within our justice system and in society in all disciplines."
Resources
  • The university hosted a forum titled "A Call for Racial Healing", which centers around two questions: "How do we, as a community, make anti-racism an everyday action? How do we begin healing from our nation's legacy of anti-Black racism and systemic inequities that exist in higher education?"
  • The health sciences library created an "Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Anti-racism Leadership Strategy (IDEALS)" site, which features resources on "implicit bias" and "microaggressions."
  • The Anti-Racism committee accepted applications for individuals to participate in "Anti-Blackness and racial intergroup dialogue," which will explore "experiences with privilege, discrimination and oppression with a particular social identity."
Symbolic Actions
  • In August 2021, the Anti-Racism Task Force (ARTF), which was formed in 2017, is now a component of the "One U Thriving" initiative and has been renamed the "Anti-Racism Committee."
  • The One U Thriving initiative has 4 major committees, including the "Anti-Racism Committee," the "Racist and Bias Incident Response Team," the "Universal Design and Access Committee," and the "Presidential Commission on the Status of Women."
  • The university hosts a monthly discussion series named, "Reframing the Conversation." Some previous events include, "Strange Fruit: Why We Must Address Anti-Black Racism" and "Inclusive Histories Matter," which sought to "tackle Critical Race Theory and the misinformation surrounding CRT.
  • In January 2022, the English Department affirmed its commitment to anti-racism initiatives, such as recruiting a more diverse student body.
  • The Department of Communications "Anti-Racist Code of Conduct" passed in a unanimous faculty vote in 2020, and was amendedon 2022.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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