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Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

The Department of Population Health Sciences is committed to advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion across its broader mission of research, education, community impact, and in its synergies across the University of Utah.

PHS Department Chair's Letter

Our department's commitment to racial justice

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    The EDI Committee evaluates the department's current practices, develops appropriate solutions to advance EDI priorities, and works to implement and monitor change.  Our committee is open to all members of the PHS community, and aims to have representation from students, postdoctoral scholars, staff, and faculty. 

    The EDI committee supports PHS in achieving the following objectives:

    1. Recruit a diverse faculty, staff, and trainee population, and develop a pipeline for students underrepresented in population health sciences. 
    2. Support and retain faculty, staff, and trainees by creating a safe and equitable work environment where all individuals feel a sense of belonging. 
    3. Train the next generation of scientists to recognize and address inequities and health disparities. 
    4. Ensure that our policies are not biased and that our guiding values are clearly articulated both internally and externally. 
    5. Increase local community engagement by promoting opportunities for service and action, and supporting research that engages diverse local communities.
    6. Use our knowledge of, expertise in, and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) to be leaders in our health system, broader academic institution, and fields of study for promoting EDI.

    University of Utah Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion - serves all of University of Utah, with resources including:

    Resource centers

    EDI events calendar

    EDI Requests for support such as:  Resources Event participation Training Consultations

    Blog & Newsletter - sign up to be notified of latest posts and ev


    University of Utah Health Equity Diversity, & Inclusion - serves University of Utah Health, with resources including:

    EDI Offices

    Transparency on

    • Campus Demographics
    • Governance & Decision Making Groups
    • Recommendations
    • Self-Study



    Graduate School Diversity Resources - serves the Graduate School, with resources including:

    • Graduate School Diversity Office
    • Comprehensive Resource Guide for Diverse Grad Students
    • Comprehensive Resource Guide for Faculty & Staff
    • & many more!

    A great networking site for students and alumni from Historically Black College and Universities (HBCU), HBCU Connect features a list of career fairs you can attend to connect with employers. If you’re looking to increase your probability of getting hired, you can also view the site’s list of the top 50 employers that hire HBCU graduates.

    A Black-owned small business headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, has been a leader in the diversity jobs market since 2000. The site allows you to search by employment type and offers job opportunities all over the United States. The best part? Searching for jobs and posting your resume is completely free.

    A job search site for people of color, women and people with disabilities, Diversity Job Board allows you to create an online profile, search for jobs by location, industry and experience, and sign up for job alerts. Employers looking for new employees should check out the blog, which offers advice on finding and hiring diverse candidates.

    If you’re a person of color interested in the technology industry, the People of Color in Tech recruitment platform and online community is the place for you. You’ll find a weekly newsletter on popular technology news, interviews with leading professionals of color and advice on how to increase your marketability in the industry. Prefer to work from the comfort of your home? Explore the dedicated job board for remote technology jobs.

    The free to join Hispanic/Latino Professionals Association matches top talent with employers committed to serving the Hispanic and Latino community. You’ll receive access to job and career information, discounts on products and services, and invitations to networking events in your area. Each year, HLPA also offers a list of America’s best places to work for Hispanics and Latinos to highlight quality socially conscious organizations.

    A diversity recruiting platform, Noirefy connects people of color to successful startups and Fortune 500 companies. Noirefy also supports employer corporate hiring initiatives by aiding with social media content and hosting events to grow the employer’s brand and reputation with minority candidates.

    A comprehensive career development site, Black Career Women’s Network offers access to a free job board, coaching, mentoring and a local community of professional Black women. You can search for jobs by category and everything from contract employment to full-time employment and volunteer opportunities are available.
    The Black Career Women’s network also provides Career Smarts 365, an all-inclusive group coaching program for Black women. In addition, you’ll find mentorship opportunities to help teach you about increasing your marketability, job searching and salary negotiation.

    A career advancement website for Black, Latinx and Native American students and professionals, Jopwell is for all professionals at any level of their career. You can also visit their learning hub, where you’ll find advice on leveraging your skills and other issues relevant to minority candidates.

    Professional Diversity Network is a professional association and a job search site. It includes several culturally distinct job boards such as the Asian Career Network and IHISPANO. You can search for jobs and receive job alerts via email. The network also hosts local, national and virtual networking events that allow you to connect with employers.

    This information was found from the following resources:


    Melissa Watt, PhD

    Vice Chair of Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion

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