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The Post Day of Collective Action

Day of Collective Action

In honor of the University of Utah’s Day of Collective Action, the Office of the Vice President for Research (VPR) would like to emphasize our support and dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at the University of Utah.

The VPR office is committed to taking real action against systemic racism and discrimination within our research community. We will continue to collaborate with research faculty, post-docs, students, and staff from diverse backgrounds and identities to create impactful DEI programs and resources for U research activities. Below are a few of the DEI programs implemented by the VPR office in FY2022:

  • The Utah Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE) provided support and approval for numerous research projects to use the Utah Population Database to improve our understanding of the extent and causes of health disparities in communities that have historically been marginalized by the healthcare system.
  • The Office of Research Participant Advocacy (ORPA) added 18 new languages in 2022 to the Translation Library enabling more potential participants to be eligible to take part in research at the U.
  • The Institutional Review Board (IRB) (a) created a community advisory IRB panel to review and implement inclusion-focused processes with human subject research and (b) released new policy and infrastructure for the inclusion of Spanish-speaking populations in clinical research.
  • The VPR office sponsored a viewing and discussion of the documentary “AWAiRE: What’s Beneath The Clouds” at the Sorenson Unity Center focused on the west side of the Salt Lake Community.
  • The VPR office created the Research Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (REDI) newsletter, in partnership with the EDI division, to highlight funding opportunities, resources, and researchers in an effort support the U’s collective research capacity to collaborate and obtain extramural funding to help advance equity, diversity, and inclusion.
  • The VPR office created a research listserv for researchers interested in DEI work.
  • The Associate Vice President for Research Integrity & Compliance provided financial support for the Community Research Collaborative at University Neighborhood Partners. The CRC supports important community-based research with Salt Lake communities.
  • The Office of Research Education (REd) offered one Ediscussion about EDI and the IRB, along with four research administration building lunch & learn (RABLL) presentations (Participant Advocacy & EDI, working with the OEO, EDI Research & Incorporating EDI at Work, and EDI Strategic Plan).
  • The Office of Foreign Influence (OFI) works to create a secure environment for collaborations with foreign entities and individuals.  The OFI uses the same process to screen/review all international relationships.  The OFI is committed to supporting the continuation and growth of international relationships for the University of Utah.
  • The Office of Quality Compliance (OQC) provides a number of services to ensure research teams across the institution are upholding and integrating EDI initiative within their teams and in the research, they are conducting.  Additionally, the OQC provides EDI resources for education and methods when applicable.
  • For full details on additional VPR DEI programs, including internal DEI funding opportunities, please visit our DEI website.

We would like to express our gratitude to our research leaders, faculty, students, and staff who continue to work with the VPR office on DEI efforts throughout the years. In order to build an environment of equity and inclusion to support researchers and all at the U, it takes a collective effort to come together, listen and take real action to make impactful changes and progress in our research community. The VPR Office encourages open feedback and is committed to addressing how WE can support DEI efforts in your research space and what type of resource our leadership can provide. Please fill out this survey if you would like to share any suggestions and ideas. This work has truly been a One U effort and we thank you for your support in fostering a research campus that is just and inclusive for all. 


Erin Rothwell, Interim Vice President for Research
Caren Frost, Associate Vice President for Research Integrity and Compliance
Jakob Jensen, Associate Vice President for Research