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The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion assists the Westminster College community in creating a healthy and inclusive campus. Whether we’re fostering meaningful dialogue, providing education and increasing awareness, encouraging action, or fostering community partnerships, diversity and inclusion are at the core of everything we do.

Campus Culture

Westminster is committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members of our community. Our students, faculty, and staff work together to create a culture of creativity and innovation, while promoting inclusiveness and respect for differences. Faculty and staff are engaged in diversity and inclusion initiatives across campus, and receive support for continuous learning and development.

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Centers and Offices

You’ll find offices and centers across campus dedicated to providing opportunities for our community to learn about diversity and inclusion, and engage in a wide variety of campus diversity initiatives.

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Student Diversity Center

There is no better place to learn and grow than at one of Utah’s most diverse institutions. Through our academic programs, co-curricular offerings, and campus support and services, Westminster strives to create an inclusive environment where every student is challenged to think critically, is free to explore ideas, and is given the space to create a meaningful experience during college and beyond.

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Student Resources

Whether you're navigating college as an undocumented student, looking for scholarships, or seeking support after experiencing bias on campus, we're here to help. 

Community, Alums, and Industry

At Westminster, we recognize the importance of connecting with our community. Whether you’re a community nonprofit, an alum of the college, or a business looking to expand its workforce diversity, Westminster offers a wealth of diversity-centered resources.

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We are committed to making Westminster a place where you belong. To do this, we rely on individuals, companies, and foundations to invest in diversity at Westminster, and lend their talents, expertise, and time.

Diversity News

Westminster Makes Diversity a Priority, Focusing on Access and Awareness

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Oct 30, 2017

SALT LAKE CITY – During the month of October, Westminster welcomed hundreds of students, families and community members for several events focused on college readiness and accessibility for underrepresented populations. Expect the Great, a college and career readiness event focused on African, African-American and Black students, was held on October 28. The college is also hosting the national “I Am Psyched!” exhibit honoring the contributions of women in color in psychology from October 23–November 3.

In addition to the campus events, Westminster recently announced a new scholarship available to African-American, African and Black students applying to Westminster who are interested in leadership roles and community engagement. These occurrences arrive on the cusp of the private institution adopting its first diversity statement and commitment to an inclusive Westminster.

“This is an exciting time for Westminster College,” said Marco Barker, associate vice president and chief diversity officer at Westminster. “The statement was a necessary step, but our campus community continuously finds opportunities to bring awareness to critical issues, welcome and engage diverse communities and create access points for students — whether it’s through funding like our Griffin Grant or programs like Expect the Great. We understand that fostering a more inclusive community at Westminster is more than having a statement — it’s putting our words into actions and efforts.

Below is a list of a few of the recently announced diversity initiatives in October.

Expect the Great (October 28)
Expect the Great is an annual event held at a different Utah campus each year since 2011. The 2017 host campus was Westminster College, and Karnell McConnell-Black, Westminster’s dean of students, delivered the keynote address.

The event featured colleges and universities from across the state. Students and their families participate in workshops on preparing for college, paying for college, navigating college and career coaching.

This year, participating institutions included: Westminster College, Utah State University, Brigham Young University, University of Utah, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College and Southern Utah University, as well as school district representatives from Granite, Salt Lake and Davis County.

Rev. France A. Davis created Expect the Great during his tenure with the Utah System of Higher Education Board of Regents (2008–17). His goal was to develop an outreach event for increasing college access, participation, retention and graduation of Utah’s African, African-American and Black students.

Expect the Great is one effort to contribute to Utah Governor Gary Herbert’s goal under his Education Excellence Commission for at least 66 percent of Utah’s adults between the ages of 20 and 64 to hold a postsecondary degree or certificate by the year 2020. For more information on the event, visit www.expectthegreatutah.com/

I Am Psyched! exhibit (October 23–November 3)
Mamie Phipps Clark, Hortensio Amaro, Reiko True—these are just a few of the women of color who have positively impacted the field of psychology. Their stories and others are featured in “I Am Psyched!,” a national exhibit created by the American Psychological Association on the contributions of women of color to psychology. 

During the event, Westminster held an opening reception, welcomed students from around Salt Lake City for after-school visits and held a panel discussion with psychologists who are women of color. Several courses at Westminster have integrated the exhibit into their curricula, and Westminster students have served as docents. For more information on “I Am Psyched!” click here

Barbara Tanner Scholarship
The Barbara Tanner Scholarship recognizes four remarkable Black, African and/or African-American students with an annual award of $15,000, to be used towards tuition and room-and-board fees.  Applicants must exhibit excellent leadership ability and be actively involved in their school and/or community organizations. For more information visit https://www.westminstercollege.edu/undergraduate/tuition-and-aid/first-year-scholarships.

Griffin Grant
Westminster is committed to making college affordable and offers Griffin Grants to students whose families make less than $100K a year (based on adjusted gross income). With guaranteed scholarships and grants, students will receive nearly $24,000 in aid per year for four years. For more information, visit: www.westminstercollege.edu/undergraduate/tuition-and-aid/griffin-grant.

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