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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion


The Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah is committed to equity, diversity and inclusion. These matters are handled by the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee, that started operating in the Fall 2020. Our mission is:

  • To educate faculty/staff/students on diversity and equity issues. The role of the committee is not to police the department, but to provide everyone tools and trainings necessary to intervene in situations that are clearly sexist, racist or denigrating.
  • To be a place for people to bring concerns, to empower people to speak up and to work on facilitating positive, professional relationships within the department and improving inclusivity and respectfulness in social interactions.
  • To encourage best practices in all hiring and recruiting committees in coordination with similar efforts at the college and university level. The role of the committee is not to develop new department policies. To develop plans to increase the recruitment and retention of minority students (including Math majors/minors and graduate students), postdocs, faculty and staff and to implement the APLU (Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities) guidelines.
  • To encourage fair and inclusive teaching practice that addresses the specific needs of our undergraduate population (including Math and Math Ed majors/minors).
  • To develop a list of goals and priorities relevant to the department, including sources of external/internal funding and to serve as liaison between national/university wide initiatives and department initiatives. To present in an open meeting and to publish an end-of-year report to the department at large highlighting initiatives and to keep track of statistics (recruitment, retention, offers, etc.).


The Workshop for Inclusive Teaching Practices (WITP) is aimed at
1.  increasing familiarity with inclusive teaching practices,
2.  building an active community of equity minded math educators in Utah, and
3.  empowering participants to implement inclusive teaching practices in their classrooms.

The workshop is scheduled for April 23rd, 2022, at the end of the Spring ‘22 semester as instructors are reflecting on their spring teaching and preparing for summer session classes. Summer classes are an ideal time for instructors to implement new inclusive practices because class sizes are smaller, timing is condensed, and the student population contains many non-traditional students and students who are retaking courses. The hope is that the implementation of equity focused practices and philosophy will improve students’ experience and outcomes in their mathematics classes.

More Information

The WITP at the U is modeled after similar workshops that took place at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2019 and 2020 (see that workshop's website for more information). 


  • Tommaso de Fernex, Professor
  • Montana Ferita, Graduate Student
  • Angie Gardiner, Undergraduate Program Manager
  • Dalyana Guerra, Instructor (Lecturer)
  • Sean Lawley, Associate Professor (Chair)
  • Emanuel Lopez, Undergraduate Student
  • Rebecca Noonan-Heale, Assistant Professor (Lecturer) 
  • Braxton Osting, Associate Professor
  • Sandra Rodríguez, Graduate Student 


Last Updated: 5/1/23