Press Release

June 6, 2018

Utah Valley University Receives CUPA-HR’s Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award for Its Diversity and Inclusion Work
Utah Valley University has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2018 Inclusion Cultivates Excellence Award. This award recognizes and celebrates institutional initiatives and programs that have made a significant impact with respect to inclusive and equitable workplace practices, particularly those that have brought about cultural change throughout the organization. Thanks to the generous support of PageUp, CUPA-HR is pleased to offer a $6,000 contribution to Utah Valley University’s endowment or a scholarship fund.

At the direction of UVU President Matthew Holland, the university has embarked upon a multi-year strategic plan to reinforce its commitment to inclusion, access, diversity, multiculturalism, and global and intercultural engagement. More than $3 million in funding over the last four years have been dedicated to 40 new initiatives and projects, including:

  • Several new identity-affirming spaces on campus, including the Women’s Success Center, Veteran’s Center, LGBT Student Services, and the Center for Global and Intercultural Engagement;
  • Plans for a childcare center on campus that will cater to low-income students with children;
  • Three new multicultural initiatives (one for Native Americans, one for people of the Pacific and one for African Americans);
  • Four new campus facilities named for women (prior to this, there were none);
  • The implementation of a global intercultural curriculum;
  • A robust first-generation-student initiative;
  • The creation of nearly 30 family/all-gender restroom facilities;
  • A recognition program which celebrates individuals/departments for their work to advance diversity and inclusion; and
  • Several professional development programs related to diversity and inclusion.

Says UVU Chief Diversity Officer Kyle Reyes, “From its inception, the UVU Strategic Inclusion Plan and efforts have been focused on campus-wide ownership of issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, access, pluralism and opportunity. That’s why we’ve been so successful — every school, department and individual has a part to play.”

CUPA-HR is higher ed HR. We serve higher education by providing the knowledge, resources, advocacy and connections to achieve organizational and workforce excellence. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, and serving more than 25,000 HR professionals and other campus leaders at more than 2,000 member organizations around the country and abroad, the association offers learning and professional development programs, higher education salary and benefits data, extensive online resources and just-in-time regulatory and legislative information.

CUPA-HR’s annual Higher Education Human Resource Awards honor excellence in higher education human resources and recognize service and commitment to CUPA-HR and innovation in the profession.

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