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better together girlsWE ARE BETTER TOGETHER, BECAUSE OF OUR DIVERSITY!

USU is a welcoming and inclusive campus. Our commitment to the safety and well-being of all members of our campus community is unwavering. All members and friends of the USU Interfaith Initiative are "diversity activists" who promote positive and meaningful relationships among all who orient around religion differently. We commit to stand-up for inclusion and to protect one another from the effects of ignorance and intolerance, however these manifest. Here at the USU Interfaith Initiative, we will continue to post events, statements, and activities that reflect our institution's commitment to lift one another up in these troubled times.

USU's Access and Diversity Center is our campus's "safe-space" that welcomes and provides opportunities to gather, connect with and to support each other. Many of us are struggling with recent and on-going events that threaten our common humanity--events including mass shootings, rising numbers of hate crimes that target several populations including Muslims, people of color, people with disabilities, women, immigrants and survivors of sexual assault, as well as the intended repeal of DACA, and other affronts to diversity and inclusion. Today we join the USU Access and Diversity Center in welcoming all students to share whatever pain is arising in a spirit of safety and inclusion. Here is the Access and Diversity Center's message, posted last November, and as true today as it was then. Here also is information about additional resources on campus that are available to all who need a listening ear.

A Message from the Access and Diversity Center

Many of us are struggling to reconcile the outcome of the recent election with the values we hold close. Members of our campus community feel uneasy and concerned for their well-being in the wake of the rhetoric that targeted several populations including, Muslims, people of color, people with disabilities, women, immigrants, and survivors of sexual assault.

Feelings of disbelief, anxiety, and grief are real.

This is a time to dig deep to support our fellow Aggies and to hold one another with abiding respect. We must continue to move forward. There will be difficult conversations. There will be differing viewpoints. We must find a way to move forward together, united by our commitment to inclusivity, equality, and compassion. The staff at the Access and Diversity Center are here to help. Our office is open and available to gather, to connect, and to support.

The Access and Diversity Center reaffirms the principle of inclusion as described in USU Policy 305: “Utah State University is committed to providing an environment free from harassment and other forms of discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age (40 and older), disability, or status as a protected veteran. Consistent with its prohibition against sex discrimination, Utah State University prohibits and is committed to addressing and preventing sexual violence.”

If you have experienced an incidence of bias, discrimination, or harassment, there are resources available.

USU Campus Police Emergency: 911 | Dispatch: 435-637-0890 | Office: 435-613-5612

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) 435-797-1012 | TSC 306

Sexual Assault and Anti-Violence Information (SAAVI) Hotline: 435-797-RAPE (7273)
Office: 435-797-1510 Student Health & Wellness 850 East 1200 North, Logan, Ut

USU Title IX Coordinator (sexual harassment including all forms of sexual violence)
Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Office
435-797-1266 Old Main, Room 161

Affirmation Action/Equal Opportunity Office 435-797-1266 | Old Main, Room 161

The Access and Diversity Center 435-797-1728 | TSC 315

If you ever feel threatened you should also please report the incident to the Student Conduct Office or university police. Reach out to them by calling 425-797-3137 or report an incident on their website.

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