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Community Success and Belonging

The Division of Games at the University of Utah is dedicated to supporting, fostering, and increasing the success and belonging of our students, staff, and faculty. Serving the games community, which includes people of many backgrounds and perspectives, is central to our mission of creating a new interdisciplinary informatics field that deeply integrates art, humanities, social science, and computational research and practice. We embrace and celebrate the unique talents, skills, and perspectives which come from having a campus community drawn from all backgrounds.

Our Community is a Shared Responsibility

While we have a Community Success committee that helps promote our ideals, our Community Success committee is not the sole responsible party for these activities. Rather, the committee serves as a resource for everyone in the Division; setting the strategic direction, setting/maintaining accountability, and providing support, input, and feedback to ensure everyone is able to grow, learn, and contribute to the constant improvement of our academic and scholarly environment. It is the responsibility of all members of our community to actively drive the sometimes difficult conversations needed to grown and improve.

The Student Communities Around Utah Games

Games students can find opportunities for community and support within an array of organizations, including many that connect Games students from specific racial, cultural and other varying backgrounds.

Disability and Access in STEM

The purpose of our organization is to provide an inclusive space for disabled students, faculty, and staff in STEM. To create a counter-space on campus that provides students with the support, resources, and community needed to excel in college. To normalize and de-stigmatize disabilities; start dialogues about accessibility on campus and in the classroom; and educate faculty, staff, and fellow students about disability. To promote and create change for a more accessible and equitable campus.


The University of Utah's Game Design and Development Club! We provide a space for aspiring Game Developers of all skill levels to connect and grow. Gamecraft hosts host workshops, social events and industry speakers to provide creators with a robust community in which they can ensure long-term success in the Games Industry. We also host monthly Game Jams! Come join us, we're open to all students regardless of major or level of experience! Meeting Times and Event Announcements are made on our discord, so head on over there if you're interested in checking us out!

National Society of Black Engineers

The National Society of Black Engineers strives to accomplish the following objectives for our organization:

    • Stimulate and develop student interest in the various engineering disciplines
    • Strive to increase the number of minority students studying engineering at both the undergraduate and graduate levels
    • Encourage members to seek advanced degrees in engineering or related fields and to obtain professional engineering registrations
    • Promote public awareness of engineering and the opportunities for Blacks and other minorities in that profession
    • Function as a representative body on issues and developments that affect the careers of Black Engineers

oSTEM at the University of Utah

oSTEM's mission is to create a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community that brings LGBTQ+ students and allies in STEM fields together.  oSTEM fosters interpersonal connections and growth on and off of campus and unites students to promote real-world change. oSTEM is committed to offering a safe space to everyone regardless of background or identity.  oSTEM stands for community, acceptance, and diversity.  Check out our Instagram @ostemutah for announcements and upcoming events!

Queer and Trans Students of Color

QT SOCs is designed to provide community for queer and trans students of color through social meetings and fun events. This is a space to explore your intersectionality and blur the lines between race, gender, and sexuality.

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

The University of Utah SHPE is a student chapter of the National Organization - the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE). Our mission is to develop a diverse community of supportive University of Utah students that excel as STEM leaders, contributing community members, and well-rounded professionals. This is achieved through professional development workshops, networking opportunities, outreach events, fundraising, social events, and conferences. Non-engineering or science majors are welcome, as are non-Hispanic or Latino students.

Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers, founded in 1950, is a not-for-profit educational and service organization. SWE is the driving force that establishes engineering as a highly desirable career aspiration for women. SWE empowers women to succeed and advance in those aspirations and be recognized for their life-changing contributions and achievements as engineers and leaders.

Faculty and Staff Affinity groups

If you're interested in being connected with any of these faculty/staff affinity groups or are interested in creating a new affinity group, you can use this form to send a message to the Office for Faculty, who will respond with assistance.

Queer Faculty Group

Black Faculty and Staff Association

S.P.A.R.K. - Supporting Parent Advocates of Remarkable Kids

W.O.C.A. Women of Color in Academics

Parenting in Academia

Faculty Club

Latinidad Faculty and Staff Association

American Indian and Alaska Native Faculty and Staff Association

Intersectional Action Group