The Office of Diversity & Campus Engagement




The Office of Diversity & Campus Engagement plans and presents student-centered programs and events that focus on all aspects of diversity. These programs and events are organized by the Diversity & Activism Programming Subcommittee (DAPS), which is the programming and funding arm of the Office of Diversity & Campus Engagement.

Throughout each academic year, DAPS is proactive in its programming around issues related to enhancing visibility, examining prejudice, and addressing the exclusion of identities and communities represented on campus and focuses on issues of diversity, social justice, and inclusion related to personal identities defined by, but not limited to, race, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, ethnicity, religion, and mental/physical ability.

In addition, the Office of Diversity & Campus Engagement sponsors a weekly dialogue group, Real Talk @ SLC, which focuses on understanding our intersecting social identities and experiences. Real Talk @ SLC is facilitated by students for student and was created to help break down the barriers that exist around talking about social identity issues. SLC community members are also able to submit art, stories, opinion pieces, etc. to our blog.

The Office also provides mediation support and serves as a resource to students who are dealing with issues related to prejudice and exclusion on campus.

Student Leaders are able to participate in the Social Justice Education Series, facilitated by the Assistant Director, that that will enhance their understanding of social justice issues as well as the Social Justice Leadership Retreat where student groups are able to submit proposals and receive funding for community change initiatives they will work on during the academic year. Students are also invited to present at the Our Liberation Summit, a day long series of workshops and speakers focused on intersectional social justice and social identity understanding that can be taken back to their respective communities.

Vanessa Gonzalez-Siegel, the Assistant Director of Diversity & Campus Engagement, is the administrative staff liaison/supervisor to the student managers of Common Ground, Spiritual Space, and the LGBTQIA Space, and also advises student identity groups, serving as a resource and support for club leaders with their budget and event planning. Vanessa coordinates the Social Justice Education Series and leadership retreat.

Natalie Gross, the Director of Diversity & Campus Engagement, co-chairs the DAPS Committee with the Assistant Director, supervises the Real Talk @ SLC program, and is the chair of the Our Liberation Summit. Natalie oversees the staff and all of the office programs.