Mission & Vision
The mission of the Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion is two-fold. The first part of our mission is to create a culture where inclusion fuels innovation and quality while also addressing health and education inequities within the University of Utah Health (UUH). An inclusive climate is vital to the intellectual rigor, commitment to excellence, and the social fabric of the University; preparing faculty, staff, students, and trainees with evidence-based skills necessary to provide high-quality and high-value care in a world defined by cultural and intellectual diversity.
The second portion of our charge is to establish coordinated outreach and inclusion efforts across UUH that ensure the workplace environment attracts and promotes the success of diverse communities.
OHEDI is a department within Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion is deeply committed to enhancing the success of diverse faculty, students, and staff, as part of our broader goal to enrich the educational experiences and success of all members of our university community. This division – led by Vice President Mary Ann Villarreal – is comprised of leaders, experts, and educators who drive the university's effort to create a safe and welcoming campus climate.
With our new leadership, the Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion oversees the entities across the entire University of Utah including the American Indian Resource Center; Black Cultural Center; Center for Equity and Student Belonging; Dream Center; LGBT Resource Center; Office for Health Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion; and Office for Inclusive Excellence. Additionally, the office partners with all colleges, departments, and the broader community to help develop initiatives aimed at fostering more awareness, advocacy, and action.