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Weber State University

Undergraduate School

Mailing Address
3885 West Campus Dr
Dept 1137
Ogden, Utah 84408
Phone
(801) 626-6050
Email address
admissions@weber.edu
School Information
"At Weber State University, you will find what you are looking for, whether it is one of over 200+ certificate and degree programs, multiple graduate programs, or hundreds of online classes, and many other educational opportunities to fit your needs. We will work with you to help you achieve your goals" (Source: https://www.linkedin.com/school/weberstate/). The total enrollment is nearly 30,000 and the student to faculty ratio is 21 to 1.
General Information
Weber State University has engaged in the movement for anti-racism in numerous ways. The school offers regular DEI programming throughout the year for all of its community members. Additionally, the school is incorporating DEI concepts into its curriculum. At this time, student advisors are being trained on diversity. See developments below:

Actions Taken

Anti-Racism, Bias, and Diversity Training
  • Weber has a series titled "Wildcat Conversations" which hosts "a video podcast series for all WSU students, staff, and faculty to learn and explore racism in ourselves, our society, and at WSU."
  • WSU has a calendar dedicated towards Diversity and Inclusion Programs. The Center for Diversity and Unity also offers numerous events and programs for diversity and inclusion annually.
  • The Goddard School of Business and Economics is engaging its students in the pledge, "I commit to creating a culture of conscious inclusion. I will listen, learn and raise my voice to challenge exclusion and oppression within our community."
  • WSU has a Diversity and Unity Board that "is responsible for planning and promoting educational programming that strives to advocate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion between individuals and groups from all walks of life."
  • Regarding housing, Weber will ensure that "residents will be exposed to diverse experiences" and that "each RA will sponsor a diversity program throughout the year."
  • WSU's Center for Multicultural Excellence will "develop Cultural Competence (knowledge of Diversity and Cultural Awareness) among CME participants, in particular, those also affiliated or engaged in leadership roles."
  • Within Student Involvement and Leadership, "advisors will provide on-going leadership training/workshops that highlight and emphasize the diversity topics and issues important for student leaders to know."
Faculty/Staff Requirements
  • Regarding testing, WSU will "add increased points for Diverse candidates for proctor positions."
  • WSU will "recruit and hire a more diverse student employee base."
Political Actions and Support for Anti-Racism
  • Weber State hosts an annual Diversity Conference. The 2021 conference focused on critical race theory.
Resources
  • Weber has an Office of Diversity that offers numerous resources and programs for diversity.
  • WSU has a list of resources on anti-racism, including an "Anti-Racism Resource Guide."
  • WSU offers scholarships that have a priority demographic of African-Americans.
  • WSU's library will enhance diversity in both its content and staff.
  • On January 5, 2021, WSU hosted Ibram X. Kendi, the author of "How to Be an Anti-Racist," for a speech.
  • "The equal access committee will identify a minimum of 100 eligible students who are members of groups that have been traditionally underrepresented as college students" including "members of racial or ethnic minority groups."
  • WSU will "create a diversity structure for programming at the Davis Campus."
Symbolic Actions
  • On November 5, 2021, Weber State announced, "Following the protest on Nov. 4, University President Brad Mortensen scheduled an impromptu meeting on Nov. 5 in the Diversity and Inclusion Center with protestors and campus diversity leaders and advocates."
  • In response to numerous protests and student meetings, Weber State has created a "Black at Weber" movement.
  • WSU released a statement saying, "As many of you have, we have been reflecting and finding ways to express our anger and sadness against the senseless murders of Black people in our country. People like George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade, Kendra James, Eric Garner, Michael Brown, Breonna Taylor, Atatiana Jefferson, and the many others whose lives have been destroyed and lost at the hands of police."
  • On June 1, 2020, WSU released a statement saying, "At Weber State University, we stand with peaceful protesters in Ogden and across the globe and call for change: an end to racism, an end to oppression and intolerance, an end to violence. I call upon all members of our campus community to join me in pursuing a calm, respectful, yet urgent path."
  • A lecture was held in November 2021, in which they discussed the role of rage in anti-racist efforts.
  • The Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System gave WSU a PA-5: Diversity and Equity score of 1.56/2.00 in April 2022.
  • A new division was created at the Weber State for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees has approved the appointment of Adrienne Andrews to serve as its first vice president.
Last updated July 26th, 2022
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