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Statement on Diversity


The Department of History as part of the College of Humanities and University of Utah shares a deep and sustained commitment to a diverse and inclusive environment. This includes our department home in the Carolyn Tanner Irish Humanities building, and extends to the classrooms and other spaces we inhabit in our professional experience.

We believe that as a community of scholars engaged in the study of the past, a diverse faculty wielding a breadth of methodologies and skills contributes to our profession in profound and meaningful ways.

We eschew the idea that any one people, one nation, or one civilization is “first” in our community, rather we embrace the diversity that is human history as one of many firsts. We believe that diversity includes not only our personal selves, but the diversity of our scholarship and teaching that can span up to and surpass that of all human existence.

Gender, sexual, racial, and religious discrimination find no safe harbor in our community, and we stand resolute in defending the rights, protection, and inclusion of all people. We stand against racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, and ableism. We cherish the right of individuals to express themselves without fear of recrimination or harassment, and strive to conduct ourselves and our engagement with others in ways that are not harmful. 




Last Updated: 4/1/21