Equity & Student Engagement

Equity & Student Engagement is committed to creating safe and inclusive settings for all students and staff. The Mission of fostering social justice through respect, equity and compassion creates a welcoming environment for all identities, as well as, sets the standard for training and programmatic efforts. During the course of the year, Equity & Student Engagement provides challenging training and development opportunities to students, staff, and campus partners. Community efforts include programming within the residence halls, working closely with the six campus Cultural and Resource Centers, and collaborating with the city of Tucson on service learning opportunities. By focusing largely on the UA student body, the Equity & Student Engagement team strives to actively find ways to bridge gaps between the residential and commuter communities, in hopes of creating a more holistic campus.   

Equity & Student Engagement, the Dean of Students Office, and Housing & Residential Life acknowledges their presence on Tohono O'odham land. By paying tribute to the 22 Indigenous tribes of the state of Arizona, Equity & Student Engagement commits itself to honoring and respecting the foundations and traditions of said nations.

Highlights Include:

Advocates Coming Together

This group is for UA students passionate about societal transformation and social change. ACT’s mission is to: educate students on issues of equity and equality, to have pride in the University of Arizona’s diversity, and to take action to make UA a more inclusive place. Talk to your RA or Community Director during move-in to learn more and join this exciting organization.

Finding Community Welcome

This large event takes place during welcome week. Highlighting the different student and professional organizations and resource centers available on campus, FCW will introduce you to different communities with information on getting involved. There is also free food, music, performances, community partners, and a raffle! 

Hunger Banquet

For over 20 years, Housing & Residential Life has hosted a Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about hunger and food insecurity. Participants are encouraged to fast for 30 hours before the event, which is the average amount of time someone in the UA who is food insecure goes between meals. The fast is broken at the event, where you will learn more about different causes of hunger and how to help combat the problem. 

Open Housing

Housing & Residential Life is committed to providing inclusive housing. Open Housing is intended to create a comfortable living environment for transgender and gender non-conforming residents as well as any student who wants to live with someone of a different gender. More information can be found in the Open Housing section of our website. We also offer some all-gender bathrooms in select halls. See hall page descriptions for details.

Peer Advisor

The student Peer Advisor position is one that is grounded in the multicultural competency framework and allows student staff to gain the awareness, knowledge, and skills necessary to work effectively with students and residents across cultures and identities. Student Peer Advisors will be responsible for instituting monthly programmatic efforts within the residence halls that focus specifically on issues of equity and student engagement– including the educating on the mosaic of diversity, multiculturalism and inclusivity. Click here to apply (search job# 1022888).

Social Justice Wing

The Social Justice Wing is a theme community that celebrates and affirms the diverse backgrounds of all its residents. Whether ability, body size/appearance, gender identity and expression, nationality, political affiliation, sexual orientation, social class, race, religion/spirituality, or other identities, students are encouraged to bring their whole selves to Social Justice themed community. The community is a safe space in Pima Hall where students may discuss their differences and pluralistic identities without fear of slurs, attacks or discrimination.

Inclusion Across Campus

Diva la Paz

Diva la Paz is an annual female illusionist (Drag) show hosted by the Colonia de La Paz staff and hall council. It draws more than 400 students every year and seeks to raise awareness about the LGBTQ+ community. The event also incorporates a Pride Room, which highlights definitions, timelines, and other important information surrounding the LGBTQ+ community.

Stomp It Out!

This series brings people together to explore the impact words can have, the power we give them, and how all UA Wildcats can use language that is respectful and welcoming of all identities. Past topics have included discussions on body image, disability, economic class, LGBTQ identities, mental illness, race and ethnicity, sexism and race culture, and immigration.  

World Traditions Fair

This annual multicultural event is hosted by the Kaibab-Huachuca staff and hall council. Learn from other students or share your culture and heritage with others through dance, food, music, art, presentations, and more.