Following the U.S. Supreme Court decision last Friday to uphold the First Amendment rights of a Colorado web designer to deny services to same-sex couples, we affirm that services at the University of Utah will continue as usual: with a commitment to serve everyone.
Although the court’s decision was limited to “expressive original designs” (e.g. graphic design businesses) we recognize some may worry about potential impacts to our campus that may not yet be understood. Let us assure you, the U will always protect and defend the dignity, well-being and safety of every member of our community, including our LGBTQUIA+ students, faculty and staff. Our campus will continue to be a place of welcome and belonging for all.
Our mission and vision is to preserve and build upon the safe spaces we have created for democratic discourse, disagreement and, ultimately, coming together. This is one of our most cherished values. We will not be turning people away.
Please reassure your colleagues and students that the University of Utah’s support and care for them has not changed. For those who need help, reach out to the extensive service providers we have available to every member of our campus community. We will continue to aspire to care for and respect one another, regardless of culture, life experience or perspective.
Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs
Mary Ann Villarreal
Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion