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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The Utah Board of Higher Education is committed to working alongside all 16 public colleges and universities to intervene in widening opportunity gaps for underserved and underrepresented students. As we move forward in this important work, we will continue reviewing and revising all institutional policies and procedures that create structural barriers to student, faculty, and staff success.

The Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup is a standing workgroup to the Board of Higher Education. Its purpose is to foster collaboration and coordination among Board and System leadership and to cultivate and integrate equity, diversity, and inclusion awareness, transparency, and progress throughout the Utah System of Higher Education.

Utah Board of Higher Education Juneteenth Resolution

Resolution to support and celebrate Juneteenth within the Utah System of Higher Education

WHEREAS, Juneteenth, also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day, celebrates the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the nineteenth day of June is officially recognized as the day when enslaved peoples in Texas learned of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation that had been issued by President Lincoln more than two years earlier; and

WHEREAS, during this time, the nation celebrates the accomplishments, inventions, triumphs, and resiliency of African American, African, and Black peoples in this country; and

Utah Board of Higher Education Equity Resolution

Resolution to advance equitable systemic change within the Utah System of Higher Education. 

WHEREAS, Utah continues to see significant gaps in postsecondary enrollment and completion by race, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status; and

WHEREAS, the Utah Board of Higher Education is committed to joining with all 16 public higher education institutions across the state to intervene in widening higher education enrollment and completion disparities for underrepresented students; and

Utah Board of Higher Education Positive Impact of Dreamers Resolution

Resolution to Recognize the Positive Impact of Dreamers in the Utah System of Higher Education

WHEREAS, the Utah Board of Higher Education recognizes that underrepresented students face intractable structural barriers as they work to access, persist, and complete higher education and that the Board must take bolder steps to serve underrepresented students in higher education; and

“As the Utah System of Higher Education, we stand behind education as the greatest tool for dismantling the racism, oppression, and marginalization that plagues our country today. While we acknowledge the power of education to transform lives and communities, in Utah and abroad, we recognize, as W. Edwards Deming so eloquently stated, that “every system is perfectly designed to get the results it gets.”

Statement from the Utah System of Higher Education on Racial & Social Injustice (June 11, 2020)

Utah Board of Higher Education

  • Shawn Newell, Utah Board of Higher Education, co-chair
  • Lisa-Michele Church, Utah Board of Higher Education, co-chair
  • Harris Simmons, Utah Board of Higher Education, Board Chair
  • Nina Barnes, Utah Board of Higher Education, Board Vice Chair
  • Aaron Osmond, Utah Board of Higher Education, Board Vice Chair
  • Wilford Clyde, Utah Board of Higher Education
  • Pat Jones, Utah Board of Higher Education

 

Commissioner’s Office

  • Laís Martinez, Utah System of Higher Education, co-chair

 

CDO Leadership

  • Belinda Otukolo Saltiban, Utah Valley University
  • Tamara Stevenson, Westminster College
  • Alison Adams-Perlac, Utah State University
  • Tasha Toy, Dixie State University
  • Fernando Montano, Snow College
  • Daniel Cairo, University of Utah
  • Lea Lani Kinikini, Salt Lake Community College
  • Gail Singley, Ensign College
  • Adrienne Andrews, Weber State University
  • Maria Caballero, Davis Tech College
  • James White, Bridgerland Tech
  • Jenalee Moynier, Uintah Basin Technical College

Utah Board of Higher Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Workgroup Charter

November 2020 Utah Board of Higher Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Meeting Resources


January 2021 Utah Board of Higher Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Meeting Resources


March 2021 Utah Board of Higher Education Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Meeting Resources