The University of Utah’s Day of Collective Action is set to take place on Wednesday, Feb 8, 2023. The planning committee has opened a call for proposals for University of Utah community members to propose sessions to be held throughout the day. The submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 2.
“We are excited to again bring together the University of Utah community to take time to learn, reflect and act as we continue to work toward creating a more inclusive community on our campus,” said Bryan Hubain, associate vice president of student development and inclusion and co-chair of the Day of Collective Action Planning Committee.
Sheena McFarland, director of marketing and communications at the David Eccles School of Business and co-chair of the Day of Collective Action Planning Committee added, “We hope the many talented folks we have on campus can share their expertise and perspectives on this important day.”
Sessions should have a focus on interactivity and workshop. Participants in the sessions should be able to take away concrete ideas or the beginning of plans and projects to implement in their respective areas.
The proposals should fall into one of the four tracks planned for the day:
This track places an emphasis on extending anti-racist education and practice within the classroom, centers, departments and colleges at the University of Utah. Sessions in this track are sponsored by the University of Utah Anti-Racism Committee. These sessions will include an introduction to anti-racism, developing an anti-racism departmental position statement, and infusing anti-racist practices in your organization.
Indigenizing the University of Utah
This track recognizes that colonization continues to shape the lives of all and especially Native and American Indian people. Sessions in this track will focus on infusing indigenous practices into the structures of the University of Utah. The ultimate goal of this work is to create a more inclusive and representative campus environment that recognizes Native and Indigenous peoples and ultimately leads to reconciliation and healing.
Becoming an HSI
As an emerging Hispanic Serving Institution, the University of Utah aims to move beyond focusing solely on the admissions process and create authentic support for Latinx students and alums of the University of Utah. Sessions in this track will focus on advising Latinx students, working with first-generation families, enhancing a sense of belonging for students from all minoritized backgrounds, and inclusive classroom practices that support the academic success of Latinx students.
Community- and coalition-building
This is a general track that will focus on several areas that impact folks who hold various identities. The session will look at how the University of Utah can continue to address inclusivity and improve practices to serve university community members. The sessions will include but are not limited to these topics:
- Status of women
- Universal Design and Accessibility
- Microaggressions toolkit
To apply, please fill out this form.