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Bringing Diversity and Inclusion in Healthcare

Diversity & Inclusion

Creating a diverse and inclusive culture at the College of Health (COH)

We aim to promote a climate of respect and equity that cultivates and sustains transformative practices by forging spaces of possibility where people feel safe, valued, welcomed, and respected. These ideals are intrinsic to collaborative partnerships and our commitment to diversify the health professions workforce.

Our commitment to diversity in admissions

The University of Utah College of Health strives to promote diversity and inclusion among its students, faculty, and staff with the realization that diverse perspectives and life experiences strengthen our academic community in multiple ways.

By creating a welcoming and supportive environment that encourages academic excellence and diverse perspectives, we work toward the creation of opportunities for all to learn from one another by sharing our wealth of talents and histories.

Each of our departments offer degrees in professions focused on health, wellness, and research. With the increasingly rich complexity of our population, we recognize the need for our graduates to reflect the diversity of our community. Furthermore, we also recognize the strong and positive impact a diverse collective of faculty, staff, students, and alumni can have on issues of health equity and the valuable role our College can play in reducing health disparities for all populations.

Recognizing Inclusive Excellence

Each year we recognize a faculty or staff member and a student who has shown exemplary efforts in supporting our mission to embrace and increase diversity and inclusion in the College of Health.

Current Recipients
2018 - 2019

Sarah Elizabeth accepts award from the Dean

Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt, BSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, C-MQI Associate Director - Administration Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

Robert accepts diversity award from the Dean

Robert Kraemer, CCC-SLP, PhD Associate Professor (Clinical) Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders

Past Award Recipients

2017-2018

Hester L. Henderson, PhD Professor Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

Reghan Boelter Kinesiology Student Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation

2016-2017

Yda J. Smith, PhD, OTR/L Associate Professor – Lecturer Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Whitney Smith-Hutchins Masters of Occupational Therapy Student Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Meet Our Committee

The College of Health Diversity and Inclusion Committee is an interdisciplinary/interprofessional team working towards health equity, diversity, and inclusion within the college, across the university and in the community.

Left to right, current co-chairs, Dr. Steven Bell, Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt, and immediate past chair, Dr. Yda Smith

Left to right, current co-chairs, Dr. Steven Bell, Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt,
and immediate past chair, Dr. Yda Smith

Co-Chairs

Steven A. Bell, Ph.D., TRS, CTRS
Associate Professor
Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
 
Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt, BSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, C-MQI
Associate Director, Administration
Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

Members

 
Robert Kraemer, Ph.D., CCC-SLP
Associate Professor
Speech Language Pathology Graduate Program Director
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
 
Jennifer Lehmbeck, Ph.D., MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Health, Kinesiology, and Recreation
 
Anne Thackeray, Ph.D., MPH
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Physical Therapy & Athletic Training
 
Sihem Boudina, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
 
Yda J. Smith, Ph.D., OTR/L
Associate Professor – Lecturer
Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies
 
JOJO Beyene, M.S.
Sr. Academic Advisor
Sorensen Legacy Foundation Center for Student Success
 
Mark M. Cantor, M.S. CCC-SLP
Assistant Professor
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders
 
Shannon Jones, M.S.
Associate Instructor
Project Lead, Homeless Health and Wellness Project
Project Lead, Food, Movement and You
Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
 
Alexandra Marie Hernandez, M.S.
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology
 
Lauren Lee Isaacs, M.S., TRS, CTRS
Graduate Research Assistant
Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Student Life Resources

We at the College of Health (COH) have complied a list of resources at the University of Utah (U of U). for the community. We have included the organization, services they provide, and contact information. 

This list is not exhaustive. If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact us or one of the resources we've listed to get you the assistance you need.

If there are any additional resources you would like to add to the list please contact us diversity@health.utah.edu.

Covid-19 Online Support Services and Resources

University of Utah COVID-19 Central @TheU

The university has created a central location to find information, precautions, and guidelines for students, faculty, and staff regarding COVID-19. Specific information regarding travel advisories, research, and the Asia campus can also be found on this page.

Campus COVID-19 hotline 801-213-2874

Health Care Covid-19 hotline 801-587-0712

COVID-19 Resources for Social Workers and Therapists

Social Work Career has created a resource page to help Social Workers and Therapists work through COVID-19. Here you will find articles, podcasts, and training about practicing in this difficult time and referrals for patients and clients.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies COVID-19 Resources

Resources and information specific to current and prospective graduate and post doctoral students. Travel, current COVID level regarding research, stipends and tution, deferral of graduation, electronic from submission and support, are among the resources offered here.

University of Utah COVID-19 Facebook Page

Follow this Facebook page and find the latest information and resources from the University's Office for Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. Visitors will find training, health sciences resources, campus commuting, dinining, and housing, and campus buildings and services.

Professional and Academic Resources

Career & Professional Development Center (CPDC)

The CPDC offers career coaching for university students and Alumni. Whether you're trying to explore a career, find a new job, or need help with professional documents like a resume and cover letter the CPDC is here to help. Hours are M - F, 8am to 5pm.

Schedule a video or phone appointment

Get personalized feedback by emailing your resume to resumereviews@careers.utah.edu

Log-on to Handshake to find jobs and internships

Writing Center

The Writing Center is a free resource to help all university students beceome more confident writers by providing individual consultations with peer tutors. The Writing Center is closed in between semesters and during university holidays, Fall Break, and Spring Break, students can still get free writing support via eTutoring.

If you have any trouble logging in, or if you have questions about eTutoring, contact Anne McMurtrey at anne.mcmurtrey@utah.edu

Basic Needs and Services

University Counseling Center

Provides developmental, preventive and therapeutic services and programs that promote the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of University of Utah students.

801-581-6826

Hours: Monday-Friday 8am - 5pm

http://counselingcenter.utah.edu/

Feed U Pantry

Provides non-perishable, nourishing food for our students, their families, faculty and staff.

Located in the basement of the University of Utah Student Union.

http://feedu.utah.edu/

University CrisisLine

Designed to provide community members with a full range of options to help solve the crisis in the best setting possible.

801-587-3000

http://healthcare.utah.edu/uni/clinical-services/crisis-diversion/

University WarmLine

This line is for Salt Lake County residents who are not in crisis, but seeking support, engagement, or encouragement.

801-587-1055

Student Health Center

Providing quality healthcare to students, spouses, and their dependents.

801-581-6431

http://studenthealth.utah.edu/

Student Housing & Residential

Creating an inclusive and safe living environment.

801-587-2002

https://housing.utah.edu/

Student Jobs & Career Services

Charged with educating students and alumni in the discovery and realization of meaningful careers.

801-581-6186

http://careers.utah.edu/

http://employment.utah.edu/

Administrative Services

Admissions Office

Questions in regards to application or admittance into the University of Utah, transfer credit, etc.

Domestic: 801-581-7283

http://admissions.utah.edu/

International: 801-581-8761

Office of the Registrar

Grading, enrolling, Change of Graduate Classification, Leave of Absence, etc.

801-581-5808

http://registrar.utah.edu/

International Student & Scholar Services Office

Last semester, Leave of Absence, vita status, etc.

801-581-8876

http://internationalcenter.utah.edu/

Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid

Find resources to help with paying for college.

801-581-6211

http://financialaid.utah.edu/

Income Accounting

Tuition bill information.

801-581-7344

http://fbs.admin.utah.edu/income/

Graduation Division

Applying for graduation, statement of degree completions, etc.

801-581-5808

http://registrar.utah.edu/graduation/index.php

Transcript & Verification Division Office

Transcripts, degree letters after the degrees have been posted, etc.

801-581-5808

http://registrar.utah.edu/transcripts/index.php

The Graduate School

Dr. Araceli Frias, Assistant Dean for Diversity, afrias@gradschool.utah.edu, 801-581-6233

Diane Cotsonas, International Teaching Assistant Program, diane.cotsonas@utah.edu, 801-585-6659

801-581-7642

http://gradschool.utah.edu/

Thesis Office

Kelly Harward, Thesis Editor, kelly.harward@gradschool.utah.edu, 801-581-7643

Trista Emmer, Assistant Thesis Editor, trista.emmer@utah.edu, 801-581-8893

Michelle Turner, Assistant Thesis Editor, michelle.turner@gradschool.utah.edu, 801-581-5076

http://gradschool.utah.edu/thesis/

 

Diversity and Inclusion Teaching and Learning Resources:

The Patient Voice series promotes individuals from various communities sharing their patient stories and suggestions on how to improve health care access and quality.

Inclusive Teaching & Learning in the Classroom involves intentionally creating an equitable classroom environment that actively engages all students in meaningful and relevant learning, values the contributions of students’ diverse backgrounds, and acknowledges systemic and institutional challenges.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion offers A Call to Action and provides training, ways to engage, and their Get Involvedpage has educational resources.

Contact Us

Sarah Elizabeth Garza-Levitt, BSW, E-RYT, C-IAYT, C-MQI

Department of Nutrition and Integrative Physiology

Email 
sarahelizabeth.levitt@hsc.utah.edu

Phone
801-585-9706

Steven A. Bell, Ph.D., TRS, CTRS

Department of Occupational and Recreational Therapies

Email
steven.bell@health.utah.edu

Phone
801-581-6062

General COH Diversity Contact Info

 

 

For questions about Diversity & Inclusion at the College of Health email us at,

 

 diversity@health.utah.edu 

 

or, contact our co-chairs.