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Diversity and Inclusion

"Cultivating diversity of thought and culture is central to USU’s mission and essential to preparing our students to be local and global leaders."

USU President Noelle E. Cockett

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.

Diversity and Inclusion Task Force

President Cockett created the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force in spring 2019. The task force includes faculty and staff across USU campuses and guides the university’s efforts to foster a diverse and inclusive university system. The task force is charged with conducting a campus climate assessment on university inclusion, developing a five-year strategic plan for diversity and inclusion at USU, convening key players on a regular basis to oversee implementation of the strategic plan, and producing annual progress reports to monitor effectiveness of the strategic plan.

Working Groups

The task force guides five working groups: Student Recruitment, Retention, and Success (chaired by Robert Wagner); Faculty and Staff Hiring, Retention and Success (chaired by Alison Adams-Perlac); Training, Instruction, and Research (chaired by Renee Galliher); On-Campus Diversity Committees and Organizations (chaired by Eri Bentley); and Acknowledgement of Native Lands (chaired by Marilyn Cuch). Each of these working groups includes subject-matter experts from across USU campuses.


A campus climate survey for students, staff, faculty, and administrators was administered fall 2019. Comparison reports are available, and a public report is forthcoming. Focus groups will be held during spring semester 2021.

Task Force Members


Eri Bentley, Associate Director of CAPS and Chair of Aggies Think Care Act | 435-797-1012
Amanda DeRito, Associate Vice President for Strategic Communications | 435-797-2759

Alison Adams-Perlac, Direct of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity
Janis Boettinger, Vice Provost and Global Engagement Director
Michelle Bogdan-Holt, Director of the Access and Diversity Center
Doug Bullock, Director of USU Human Resources
Marilyn Cuch, Lecturer, Advisor/Director of the Statewide Secondary Education Program and Lecturer in the School of Teacher Education and Leadership
Renee Galliher, Professor of Psychology
Christy Glass, Professor of Sociology and Undergraduate Program Co-Director
Chris González, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Latinx Cultural Center
Ravi Gupta, Professor, Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies
Grecia Jimenez, Recruitment Specialist for Admissions
James Morales, Vice President for Student Affairs
Bill Plate, Vice President for Marketing and Communications
David Pruden, Director of the Disability Resource Center
Robert Wagner, Vice President for Academic and Instructional Services

Latinx Cultural Center

The center was created in fall 2018 to serve as a conduit for service, engagement, advocacy, and visibility for the Latinx community on campus and in the Cache Valley and surrounding areas. The center is led by Christopher Gonzáles, associate professor of English and has its home in the center of the Logan campus: Taggart Student Center, room 227. Read more

Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research

The Center for Intersectional Gender Studies and Research, created in fall 2019, builds on the long and successful history of women and gender programs at USU. The center brings women and members of other historically marginalized groups into full and equal participation in the humanities and sciences. The center supports faculty and student research, provides intersectional and interdisciplinary instruction, and promotes equality and inclusion. Read more

Annual Events Sponsored by Office of the President

Inclusive Excellence Symposium

USU holds an Inclusive Excellence Symposium during fall semester to bring students, staff, and faculty together to elevate diversity, inclusion, and respect in the USU community by offering education, research, and training for understanding the experiences of underrepresented groups. Read more

President’s Diversity Dinner

The Cache Valley Diversity Dinner provides a chance for members of the community to share a meal with those they may have never interacted with before and hear each other's stories. The first Cache Valley Diversity Dinner was held in 2019. The 2020 dinner was canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be provided once it is safe to do so. Read more

President’s Diversity Awards

For nearly three decades, the USU Diversity Awards have recognized individuals or organizations on campus and in communities served by USU who have made significant contributions to diversity and inclusion. Awards are given in the following categories: Student, Faculty, Administrator, Staff, Individual Community Member, and Community Organization. Read more

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Highlighted Stories

USU Launches Land Acknowledgment Working Group to Draft Statements for Campuses

Land acknowledgements are formal statements that recognize that the land an institution is on originally belonged to Indigenous peoples and acknowledges there remains an existing relationship between these people and their land. Read more

USU Hosting Third Annual Inclusive Excellence Symposium: Black Lives Matter

The Inclusive Excellence Symposium promotes racial, cultural, and ethnic diversity and inclusiveness in the USU community by offering education, research, and training for understanding the experiences of underrepresented groups. Read more

USU Joins National Alliance Aimed at Developing Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty

Utah State University has joined a cohort of 19 universities in a three-year institutional change effort to develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. Read more