Office of Equity & Inclusion

Office of Equity & Inclusion

Statement on Equity and Inclusion during COVID-19

Dr. Schvalla River

Welcome from Dr. Schvalla Rivera
Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion


As Assistant to the President for Diversity and Inclusion, I am honored to serve as Southern Utah University’s first Chief Diversity Officer. My office works with institutional partners to advance our diversity and inclusion efforts. By aligning with the University’s mission, our objective is to foster an environment that allows everyone the opportunity to be successful.

We believe that by becoming more inclusive, we benefit our community by enhancing our ability to join an ever-changing, highly competitive global market, which demands individuals with knowledge, skills and experience in communicating and collaborating with individuals from diverse backgrounds. We intend to meet that demand!

SUU is committed to fostering an inclusive community of lifelong learners. We encourage our community members to make observations and inquires through an intersectional lens. We celebrate diverse approaches and points of view. We believe diversity makes us stronger, more innovative, and better prepared to compete in a global society. We provide education and programming opportunities that promote understanding of diversity, equity and inclusion. We respect the rights of all individuals regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, age, ability, sexual orientation, veteran status, immigration status, gender identity or gender expression.


We envision a diverse Southern Utah University where all explore, engage and excel.


The Office of Equity and Inclusion (OEI) at the Southern Utah University, leads and supports university-wide initiatives focused on the recruitment of a diverse faculty, staff, and student body while fostering an inclusive and equitable university community.

Core Themes & Goals

Southern Utah University’s goal is to provide the best educational experience in the Intermountain West. We are a community of learners striving to create an environment in which the dignity and rights of all people are respected. We promote academic and personal integrity; social justice, service, and success, by encouraging critical thinking, dialogue and intentional engagement. To achieve this, the Office of Equity and Inclusion has developed core themes (C.A.R.E):

SUU is committed to providing an environment of respect and inclusivity regardless of identity or beliefs.

SUU is committed to establishing benchmarks for achievements based on data and analysis. We are committed to providing transparency in reporting data and statistics.

Recruitment and Retention
SUU is committed to recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest students, faculty, administrators, and staff. To achieve this, we will diversify our candidate pools by actively seeking individuals from underrepresented populations and diverse backgrounds.

Education and Awareness
SUU is committed to providing diversity, equity, and inclusion training to the campus that will promote greater awareness of the social and cultural matters facing our community.


Goal 1: Create a Diverse, Inclusive and Equitable Campus Climate

Goal 2: Recruit, Retain and Develop a Diverse and Inclusive Campus Community

Goal 3: Support Innovative and Inclusive Programs, Teaching and Scholarship

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