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Black women lead diversity efforts at 4 Utah colleges

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Black women lead diversity efforts at 4 Utah colleges

By Becky Jacobs via

Adrienne Andrews said they were all at a conference together when they realized it.

“Wait, there are four black women in this room doing this work at the highest levels in our institutions. That’s phenomenal, right?” Andrews said.

Andrews, Tasha Toy, Schvalla Rivera and Tamara Stevenson lead the diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives at four Utah universities. Andrews is at Weber State, Toy at Dixie State, Rivera at Southern Utah and Stevenson is at Westminster College.

“It’s overwhelming and it’s fantastic and wonderful at the same time,” Toy said.

The four women work on their schools’ diversity policies, curriculum, hiring, enrollment, trainings, resource centers, community events and building relationships, among…

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