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Departmental Culture, Resilience, and Community Health Partnership

Indigenous Land Acknowledgment

The University of Utah has both historical and contemporary relationships with Indigenous peoples. Given that the Salt Lake Valley has always been a gathering place for Indigenous peoples, we acknowledge that this land, which is named for the Ute Tribe, is the traditional and ancestral homelands of the Shoshone, Paiute, Goshute, and Ute Tribes and is a crossroad for Indigenous peoples.

The University of Utah recognizes the enduring relationships between many Indigenous peoples and their traditional homelands. We are grateful for the territory upon which we gather today; we respect Utah’s Indigenous peoples, the original stewards of this land; and we value the sovereign relationships that exist between tribal governments, state governments, and the federal government.

Today, approximately 60,000 American Indian and Alaska Native peoples live in Utah. As a state institution, the University of Utah is committed to serving Native communities throughout Utah in partnership with Native Nations and our Urban Indian communities through research, education, and community outreach activities.


The Department of OB/GYN believes that including people from all walks of life, strengthens our work and significantly increases the reach and vibrancy of our missions in clinical care, education, research, and service to our community. We have established our department's Culture, Resilience, and Community Health Partnership committee to further our efforts.

The committee seeks to increase retention, recruitment, and advancement of faculty, trainees, nursing, research, and administrative and ancillary staff from a broad range of backgrounds. We also seek to engender a culture that embraces, celebrates, and actively cultivates belonging throughout our department.

Committee Activities

The committee organizes activities, enhances the visibility of health equity events throughout the University, and, in partnership with the Office of Academic Culture and Community, is developing the Departmental Culture, Resilience, and Community Health Partnership Action Plan. We work with our trainee and faculty hiring programs to ensure that perspectives from different areas of representation are incorporated into our recruitment efforts.

We routinely survey our faculty, trainees, and staff to understand our climate and environment, and we commit to further enhancing the supportive culture of the OB/GYN Department.