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Meet our Department Chair

William SmithDr. William A. Smith brings exceptional skills to this leadership position as a researcher with national and international distinction, former administrator in our College of Education and the U, and as professor in ECS and Ethnic Studies. He also serves as the Associate Dean for Diversity, Access, & Equity in the College of Education as well as the Special Assistant to the President & NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative. Dr. Smith is the co-editor (with Philip Altbach & Kofi Lomotey) of the book, The Racial Crisis in American Higher Education: The Continuing Challenges for the 21st Century (2002). His work primarily focuses on his theoretical contribution of Racial Battle Fatigue which is the cumulative emotional, psychological, physiological, and behavioral effects that racial microaggressions have on People of Color.


Master's Plus Program

For Canyons School District ONLY
Applicaton Deadline: September 1, 2017

ECS 5645/6645 Enrollment Information

** Note: Section 001 is for Secondary Majors; Section 002 is for Elementary majors


Veronica Valdez

Newly tenured Mexican-American women model success for minorities at the U of U. Leticia Alvarez and Verónica Valdez are among those featured inthis City Weekly article.

William Smith

"With the surge in hate incidents across the country following the 2016 election, campus communities need to understand and address acts of aggression."

Read the article here >>

Learn more about the Racial Battle Fatigue Research Group and how you can get involved:
Racial Battle Fatigue Research Group

Leticia Alvarez

Dr. Leticia Alvarez Gutiérrez and the collective she advises, Mestizo Arts and Activism will be recognized as a 2016 recipient for the University of Utah Transforming U:Beacons of Excellence Award.


 New Student Orientation
Saturday, August 19, 2017
SAEC 3151
9:00 am - 1:00 pm


Last Updated: 7/14/17