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Utah State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
Old Mill Hill Rd
Logan, Utah 84322
(435) 797-1000
School Information
Utah State offers top-notch academics, nationally-recognized research, Division I athletics and more than 200 student clubs and organizations, all on the oldest residential campus in the state. Located in Logan, Utah, USU is only minutes away from two mountain ranges, within a two-hour drive of 10 major ski resorts, and a half-day's drive of six national parks, including Arches and Yellowstone. Utah State offers big-school opportunities with a small-school feel, and all for a great value. So great, it was the #3 highest-ranked public university in the West and #5 in the nation for lowest tuition in “America’s Top Colleges” (Forbes, “Top Colleges,” Aug. 2015). To date, Utah State has seen year after year increases in total research funding, with research grants from the U.S. Department of Defense, National Science Foundation and the Department of Health and Human Services. USU’s research – often beginning in facilities like the Utah Water Research Laboratory, Space Dynamics Lab, Agricultural Experiment Station and the Center for Persons with Disabilities – provides expertise that reaches globally. And this focus on research starts early for students. USU’s undergraduate research program is the second oldest in the nation, behind only MIT. As Utah’s land-grant university, Utah State takes seriously its role to provide access to education for every student in every corner of the state. With eight regional campus locations and 24 satellite campus locations, USU provides Utah students access to higher education by breaking through traditional geographic boundaries.
General Information
Utah State University has gone all-in on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion throughout its multiple campuses. USU has hosted Ibrahim X. Kendi to talk about his book, How To Be An Anti-Racist. At this time, students are not required to take CRT or implicit bias training. However, all faculty, staff, and student employees must take a multitude of trainings in DEI topics. Further, the USU Office of Inclusion provides extensive resources, events, trainings, and libraries to expand the exposure to DEI for everyone on campus. See details below.

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • The Office of Equity requires all faculty, staff, and student employees to undergo bias training.
  • The Think, Care, Act section of the USU website includes even more trainings available to faculty, staff, and students. They are offered on a voluntary basis for now.
Disciplinary Measures
  • The office of Inclusion, in the Department of Student Affairs, offers the ability to report students for discrimination or harassment.
  • USU encourages white students to consider their implicit biases: "Now, more than ever, we must stand together as a community and take action to change this situation of racial intolerance. Those of us who are White must confront our implicit role in the system of racism, and stop condoning or tacitly approving of racism by being passive bystanders. And we must understand that there are many forms of action we might take in support of a push to be an anti-racist society--from peaceful protest to running for office, from community organizing to petitioning elected leaders. Or it may be as simple as stepping into a situation when someone needs help or support. We can all learn to protest effectively, to be an upstander in the presence of discrimination, and to support each other emotionally."
  • USU has embraced Inclusive Excellence via cultural competence training: "The course on cultural competence was designed as part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s Inclusive Excellence Initiative grant awarded to USU. 'This initiative is about encouraging colleges and universities to change the way they do business ­­­─ to become institutions with a significantly greater capacity for inclusion of all students, especially those from nontraditional backgrounds… Engaging these students and bringing their diverse perspectives into the science community is critical for achieving scientific excellence and finding creative solutions to difficult problems'."
  • The Provost’s Office values diversity, equal opportunity, and inclusion as central to our pursuit for academic excellence, discovery and engagement. To facilitate diverse perspectives, encourage free exchange of ideas, and cultivate mutual respect and compassion, the Provost’s Office actively promotes the following programs and initiatives.
  • President Cockett prioritizes diversity and inclusion and has led USU in efforts to create the Latinx Cultural Center; develop and expand the annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium; expand staffing, funds and gathering space for the USU Inclusion Center; create the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research; double the staffing of the Office of Equity; facilitate a new community-campus partnership in the annual Community Diversity Dinner; and expand the impact of the Aggies Think Care Act Initiative.
  • USU’s third annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium follows the tradition of promoting diversity, inclusion, and respect in the USU community by offering education, research, and training for understanding the experiences of underrepresented groups. By focusing on “Black Lives Matter: A Community Calling” as the theme for 2020’s symposium, we’re building a foundation for our campus community to understand and counteract racism that affects marginalized communities.
  • Scholars for Anti-racist Fellowship in Education at Utah State University (SAFEatUSU) was founded [in 2020] by USU faculty, students and staff. The goal of the organization is to create a safe space for critical anti-racist dialogue and self-reflection in academia.
  • USU has a guiding document for hiring practices that outlines best practices in pursuit of equity.
  • The library has a website tab dedicated to "Resources for Racial Justice."
Symbolic Actions
  • USU hosted a symposium in 2019 with keynote speaker Crystal Fleming, author of "How to Be Less Stupid About Race: On Racism, White Supremacy and the Racial Divide."
  • USU hosted Ibram X. Kendi to discuss his book, How To Be An Anti-Racist, in 2017.
  • USU invited Dr. Della Mosley to address the university in April 2022. In her morning colloquium, she discussed "Increasing Our Critical Consciousness of Anti-Black Racism," and in the evening, she spoke about "Radical Healing for Students of Color.
  • In celebration of Juneteenth in 2022, the university is holding the "Utah Black History Museum Bus" event.
  • In honor of Juneteenth, there will be a 5k and a BBQ.
  • In April 2022, USU hosted a panel discussion on "Working at the Intersections: Critical Race Scholarship and Pedagogy Today."
  • USU gives out Diversity Awards to those who advance diversity and inclusion initiatives at the university.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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