Diversity in Utah
Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Utah
From the Governor
"There is no doubt we are stronger as a state when we embrace our differences and use our diversity as an asset." -- Governor Spencer Cox
In the Community
In December 2020, Utah's business and government leaders signed the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion reaffirming our vision to create a society in which race and ethnicity do not determine or limit value, opportunity, and life outcomes. Similar Utah initiatives include:
- The Utah Compact on Immigration promotes common-sense immigration reforms that will strengthen our economy, as well as attract talent and business to our state.
- The Welcoming Salt Lake initiative, hosted by Salt Lake County in partnership with the Salt Lake Chamber, helps refugees and New Americans find belonging in our community.
- The Living Color Utah Gala honors those who have made it their mission to attract and sponsor diversity initiatives in the state of Utah.
"History teaches us that progress doesn’t just happen. It requires forethought, commitment and deliberate action. These principles reflect a firm resolve toward racial justice, a direction toward equity and inclusion that will continue during my administration. This isn’t about political correctness, it’s about human correctness. It’s about kindness, decency and love for our fellow travelers. Indeed, it is about striving to deliver on the self-evident truths recognized from our founding: ‘That all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights’.”
-- Governor Spencer Cox on the signing of the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Employer Case Studies
Utah employers are successfully hiring, retaining, and elevating world-class talent from many diverse backgrounds. Examples include:
Utah is home to many terrific advocacy groups who connect, support, and elevate diverse talent. EDCUtah works closely with these partner organizations and can make local introductions to additional advocacy groups upon client request.
- Equality Utah
- Suazo Business Center
- Utah Asian Chamber of Commerce
- Utah Black Chamber
- Utah Multicultural Commission
"Economic development is inseparable from diversity, equity, and inclusion. We look forward to adding our strength to the many community partners who are already doing groundbreaking work to support diverse talent in Utah, and we won’t stop until Utah enjoys the most inclusive economy in the nation.” -- CEO Theresa Foxley
In late 2020, EDCUtah chartered a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board Committee. Members include executives from ten private companies, three Utah communities, and the State of Utah.
The DEI Board Committee will ensure that EDCUtah:
Demonstrates diversity, equity, and inclusion in its own operations,
Takes a leadership role in making Utah more welcoming for diverse talent, and
Works to make Utah a preferred location for companies that embrace DEI in their workforce.