Utah State University Diversity Council
Monthly meeting of the USU Diversity Council
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Welcome to the start of a new academic year here at Utah State University. Our Council’s members hope that you had a restful summer, and are ready for the work ahead – to make the 2014-2015 academic year the best it can be.
You might see a new face to the Diversity Council this coming year. From our visual revamp to our renewed efforts at outreach, there are many more ways to interact with the Council than ever before. Look for our table at your usual lunch spots for an opportunity to win some swag and give your feedback on what the Diversity Council can be doing to make USU a more diverse and inclusive place. Don’t miss our small grant award cycle in the Spring semester. Play a role in our new underrepresented student mentorship program. Finally, students, don’t miss an opportunity to win an iPad by letting us know how you perceive the campus climate!
The Utah State University Diversity Council is entering its fourth year of existence, and we plan for it to be an eventful year. We hope that you’ll join us in that endeavor. As President Albrecht points out, our global efforts are of increasing importance in today’s society. The Utah State University Diversity Council works to ensure that USU is preparing its students to become a part of the increasingly diversified and globalized workforce by taking up initiatives related to diversity and inclusion, and making them a reality. We welcome you to join us in that effort.
Please take a few moments to navigate through our website and learn a little more about our membership, our initiatives, and our goals. If you have any questions or thoughts, please don’t hesitate to contact us!
Have a wonderful year, and check back with us often!
Diversity Council Grant Awards
The Diversity Council would like to congratulate the following individuals and departments on their grant awards for the 2014 – 2015 year! The Diversity Council received many outstanding applications this year, and we are grateful to be supporting these projects.
The Center for Persons with Disabilities for its project Aggies Elevated. Aggies Elevated provides an inclusive, post-secondary education experience for young adults with intellectual disabilities. Aggies Elevated will provide an opportunity for students to live on campus, with full access to all student activities, while taking specialized and traditional coursework at Utah State University.
The Department of Biological Engineering for its proposal to host Hispanic/Latin@ identifying students during a summer undergraduate research program in Biological Engineering at Utah State University.
Counseling & Psychological Services office will host visual displays each month to celebrate cultural heritage months, to recognize diversity in religious holidays, and to promote a general appreciation of multiculturalism. This change to the visual atmosphere makes the CAPS space more inviting and inclusive for all students utilizing their services.
Caine College of the Arts for its proposal to engage in targeted recruitment efforts to bring underrepresented students to Utah State University from New Orleans and Los Angeles.
Bonnie Glass-Coffin & the Anthropology Department for their project Interreligious Knowledge, Relationship-Building, and Action at Utah State University. This project seeks to build religious literacy at Utah State University regarding different faiths or no faith at all.
The Office of the Vice President for Student Services for its Underrepresented Student Mentorship Program. This program will target students who traditionally would be provisional admits, and pair them with successful upperclassmen for a yearlong peer-to-peer mentorship program. This program is expected to increase the academic and social success of students who are statistically unlikely to complete a four-year degree.
These projects, alongside other ongoing projects with Diversity Council support, all work toward supporting the goals and objectives of the Diversity Council. The Council is proud to be supporting these projects, and looks forward to many more years of successful projects and awards!