Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Advancing a culture of inclusive excellence

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The Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion promotes Utah State University's commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive institutional culture where everyone feels welcome and valued. Building and maintaining a sense of community and belonging requires DEI best practices and policies be strengthened and engrained in institutional goals and strategies.
Our vision will be guided by three strategic goals
Read more from our "Roadmap to Inclusive Excellence" 

Our Commitment

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have been priorities of USU — especially since President Cockett assumed office in 2017. From creation of inclusive environments and centers, like the Latinx Cultural Center and the Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, to funding and staff increases for USU’s Inclusion Center, the Veterans Resource Center, and the Office of Equity, USU is dedicated to making sure the campus community is welcoming for all.

USU is a community leader in these efforts and provides outreach through events like the Inclusive Excellence Symposium, the Community Diversity Dinner, the Utah Women & Leadership Project, and other initiatives under Aggies Think, Care, Act.”

Jane Irungu

Jane Irungu

Vice President

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Jane Irungu was appointed to VP of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Utah State University on July 1, 2022.

 

There is enthusiasm and commitment to inclusion, and with a collaborative approach — a shared sense of purpose and responsibility — I believe we can collectively continue the advancement of a caring and welcoming community for all. As we work together to establish a new division, coordination, collaboration and communication on our shared goals is critical. A DEI Council has been established to support the advancement of the DEI "Roadmap to Inclusive Excellence." 

 
Amand L. Hardiman

Amand L. Hardiman

Inclusive Excellence/DEI Fellow

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
President's Office - Aggies: Think Care Act
Office of Graduate Studies

Charity Maeda Van den Akker

Charity Maeda Van den Akker

Director of Education & Professional Learning

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Abigail Shultz

Abigail Shultz

Administrative Assistant

Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Phone: (435) 797-1605

Departments

Inclusion Center
Creates an environment of acceptance, respect, and empowerment. You are valued here and your involvement with our clubs and organizations will make us even stronger.
Latinx Cultural Center
Serves as a conduit for service, engagement, advocacy, and visibility for the Latinx community on campus and in the Cache Valley and surrounding areas. The LCC is committed to empowering all who recognize a vested interest in the Latinx community by focusing on the pillars of academic, educational, personal, and professional growth.
Disability Resource Center
The DRC works with individuals, faculty, and staff to ensure that students with disabilities can fully participate in University programs, services, and activities. The center helps individuals with disabilities overcome barriers that could otherwise limit their academic, professional, and personal potential.
Center for Diversity and Inclusion Eastern
Increase USU Eastern student awareness about various cultures, to provide a space of equity, access, and social justice for underrepresented students at USU Eastern, and to assist students with multicultural competence and the ability to work with a variety of people from different cultures.

View USU's Land Acknowledgement and learn about how USU recognizes that the land an institution is on originally belonged to Indigenous peoples. We acknowledge there remains an existing relationship between these people and their land.

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