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Class of 2022 Virtual Yearbook

Congratulations, Class of 2022! We are excited to celebrate you and your achievements, look forward to staying connected, and wish you the best of luck on your next moment of brilliance.

Are you ready for Convocation?

School for Cultural and Social Transformation Convocation

Friday, May 6, 2022 at 12:00 p.m.

Convocation for the School for Cultural and Social Transformation will be at the A. Ray Olpin Union Ballroom at 200 S. Central Campus Drive.

The convocation will feature student and faculty speakers, recognition of special student achievements, and the individual recognition of each graduate. Masks are strongly encouraged for all attendees, including graduates.

Live Streaming Video

The Convocation will be streamed live. During the event, click on the “live stream” play button that will be included on the Transform Convocation page.

Virtual Yearbook

We couldn’t be more proud of you and your accomplishments and are excited to celebrate you and your hard work via our digital outlets. Fill out the above RSVP for Convocation and select “yes” to be included in the virtual yearbook.

General Information for Convocation

Information on parking, graduation regalia, photographs, and more can be found on our Convocation webapge.

Join our Convocation & Virtual Yearbook

We are excited to celebrate you and your hard work at convocation and via our digital outlets!

Let us know if you and your guests will join us at Convocation. Whether or not you can come, fill out the form to be a part of our virtual yearbook.

Hello Transform Alumni!

We hope you are enjoying your summer so far. We are still celebrating your awesome accomplishments! Please read on for a few alumni-themed housekeeping items.


  • Check out the pictures from our School for Cultural & Social Transform Convocation. The pictures are available to download and keep!  

Cap/Gown Donation

  • If you would like to donate your cap and/or gown for future School for Cultural and Social Transform graduates, you can drop these off in the red box outside the doors of Transform, Gardner Commons, 4200. If you would like a tax donation form (and have your receipt for the purchase), email Jen Wozab. Thank you in advance!

Alumni Contact Form

  • We want to know where you’re going and what you’re doing after graduation. Please take a few minutes to fill out our short Transform Graduate Survey.

Alumni Connection

  • Transform is looking forward to create an Alumni program. More information will be forthcoming.  For now, let us know how we can keep you informed about Transform and campus events like our Disability Studies Lecture, Women’s Week, and more.
  • Join the University of Utah Alumni Association. Membership is FREE and there are great events and resources to stay connected to the U.
  • Connected with our Career Coach, Sarah Kovalesky, for resources in your professional endeavors. You can work with our Career Coach for up to 3 years after graduation! We look forward to creating meaningful interaction with current and future Transform students.

Stay Connected

Transform Virtual Yearbook

Congratulations, Class of 2020 and 2021!

Whether you are able to join us physically for convocation or not, we hope you are able to find a moment — ideally many moments — to recognize the magic of your resilience and perseverance through this ever-changing year.

We are excited to celebrate you and your achievements, look forward to staying connected, and wish you the best of luck on your next moment of brilliance.

Need Another Elective?

Transform still has courses with available seats that you can use to round out your degree! Confused, stressed, or needing help planning your degree path? Make an appointment with our advisor at

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Utah is offering five types of class instruction for the Fall 2020 Semester and has modified its academic schedule based on the input from health and infectious disease experts.

ETHNC 3150: Indian Law & Policy

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Meets Tuesdays at 4:35-7:05 PM in BU C 210

» This is a Hybrid course, which uses a mixture of online, face-to-face, and technology-enhanced instruction.

This course will examine the specialized body of law affecting American Indians including the legal status of American Indians in relation to federal, state, and tribal government.

ETHNC 3150 is taught by:

Thomas Swensen

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Learn about Thomas

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ETHNC 4940: Race & Gender in Ethnic American Theater

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

Students in this course will read and discuss a variety of dramatic literature and critical theories by and about ethnic American theatre artists and theorists, paying close attention to gendered, historical, and social contexts. Through the study of these works, the class aims to open a dialogue about how race and gender are perceived and constructed among diverse ethnic American cultural contexts, including African American, Latinx, Asian American, and indigenous communities. As this is a theatre class, students will also examine the plays as performance texts to better understand how race and gender are constructed on stage.

ETHNC 4940 is taught by:

Kimberly Jew

Associate Professor, Ethnic Studies & Theatre

Learn about Kimberly

ETHNC 5430: Asian Pacific American Politics

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Fulfills DV requirement

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course provides an overview of the historical and contemporary political experiences of Asian Americans and their pursuits of rights, justice, and opportunities in the U.S.

ETHNC 5430 is taught by:

Annie Fukushima

Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies

Learn about Annie

ETHNC 5800: Inequality & Justice

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Theory or Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course offers a discussion of social justice and inequality based on three dimensions. The first is a theoretical treatment of collective ideas on social justice and equality. The debates on distributive justice and American pluralism, in particular, will be introduced. Second, the empirical findings on major measurements of social justice and the distribution of social goods will be systematically examined. The focus is on how inequality has taken place along the racial, ethnic and religious lines in U.S. history. Finally, the contemporary public policies on distribution principles and practices, such as affirmative actions and symbolic representation, will be scrutinized.

ETHNC 5800 is taught by:

Baodong Liu

Professor, Ethnic Studies & Political Science

Learn about Baodong

GNDR 3671: Gender & Colonialism in the Pacific

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Counts as Ethnic Studies Elective

» Fulfills Pacific Islands Studies Certificate Core Requirement

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This class examines the significance of gender and sexuality in the Pacific Islands and its diaspora. It explores how instilling Western norms of gender and sexuality has been key ­­­to various forms of colonialism, imperialism, and militarism across Oceania. It also investigates how revitalizing Indigenous Pacific Islander epistemologies about gender and sexuality have also been central to decolonizing movements in the Pacific. The class provides students with tools to critically analyze and go beyond the popular idea of the Pacific as a feminized tropical paradise, and consider the importance of gender and sexuality to Indigenous knowledges and political movements. Readings and topics are drawn from interdisciplinary sources, including History, Literature, Pacific Island Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, and Indigenous Studies.

GNDR 3671 is taught by:

Maile Arvin

Assistant Professor, History & Gender Studies

Learn about Maile

GNDR 3960-05: Special Topic
Oral History

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» This is an online course, which does not have a specific meeting time or location throughout the semester.

This course will teach you the practice of oral history, a profoundly democratic methodology focused on recovering the stories of people, communities, events, and movements often left out of national narratives. After learning the fundamentals of interviewing and the theory behind oral history, students will have the opportunity to pursue an oral history project assigned by the instructor or to pursue their own projects. Ask yourself: what topic have I wanted to investigate more deeply? What do I not know about my own family’s history? What community stories do I wish I could really research? What people and movements are missing from the histories I have learned? Your answers to these questions will determine our research objectives for this course. As we work to meet those objectives you will learn skills that will be of use to you in whatever career you choose to pursue and whatever causes you make your own.

You are also likely to have some of the richest most moving conversations of your life with the remarkable people that become your interviewees. This course is open to all students – and is especially ideal for those interested in building a research base for capstone projects, theses, or the URSD designation.

GNDR 3960-05 is taught by:

Matt Basso

Associate Professor, History & Gender Studies

Learn about Matt

GNDR 3960-06: Special Topic
Community Based Research

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Meets Thursdays at 2-5 PM on Canvas

» This is an IVC (Interactive Video Conferencing) course, which is a fully digital class that uses same-time delivery using web video technology.

Do you want to work with a community-based organization? Do you want to learn how to use research to advance its mission?

In this course, you will work alongside staff of local community organizations, learning how to:

  • Collaborate with community organizations
  • Design a research project
  • Collect and analyze data
  • Share findings with funders, partners, media, etc.
  • Use your research to take action in your community

GNDR 3960-06 is taught by:

Anna Antunes

Assistant Professor, Gender Studies

Learn about Anna

GNDR 5660: Gender Theory & Community Organizing

» Counts as Gender Studies Advanced Course/Elective

» Meets on Thursdays at 2-5 PM in GC 5490

» This is a Hybrid course, which uses a mixture of online, face-to-face, and technology-enhanced instruction.

Community organizing rests at the heart of structural change. If you are interested in applying social justice theories to art of community organizing then join Gender Theory and Community Organizing. This semester will be a special edition focusing on local and national elections. Image influencing the social justice outcomes of elections and being a part of the change that challenges the structural sexism, racism, and classism that has existed in this country for the last 400 years. You will both develop your own community organizing project and help with collective class project.

GNDR 5660 is taught by:

Kilo Zamora

Instructor, Gender Studies

Learn about Kilo

Pacific Islands Studies Certificate

It’s official! Starting in the Fall 2020 Semester, we will be offering an Interdisciplinary Certificate in Pacific Islands (PI) Studies.

“A certificate in Pacific Islander studies will enhance any major that we have at the U because it integrates political, social and cultural analysis of race, indigeneity and coloniality with other fields of study,” said Hokulani Aikau, director of Pacific Islands Studies. “The courses that comprise the certificate provide a critical lens for all students interested in fields such as public health, sustainability, climate change or engineering because the issues of concern in the Indigenous Pacific and the diaspora are relevant beyond the region or the single case study. Indeed, attention to these dimensions of power is essential in the political movement for black lives matter.”

If you’re interested in our new certificate, check out the curriculum on the General Catalog website and connect with our Transform advisor!

Virtual Transform Convocation 2020

Class of 2020


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Convocation 2020

The University of Utah will be postponing all commencement ceremonies scheduled for the end of the Spring 2020 semester. This includes all graduation events, college convocations, and campus-wide commencement. This has been a unique and trying semester for all of us, and this decision was made with the health and well-being of all members of our campus community and their loved ones in mind.

We are working to determine when and how rescheduled events will take place and will provide more information as soon as possible. Visit here for the full announcement and updates.

If you are graduating and have applied for graduation, you will receive separate emails from our Transform advisor with all the event details. If you have not applied for graduation, whether or not there is a ceremony, you still need to apply for graduation to receive your diploma. The deadline for Spring 2020 graduation has passed but you can still apply for Summer 2020. Deadline is May 20th.

More info here:

2019 Convocation Recap

Get a full recap on Convocation here or watch the whole thing below! If you want to jump to a specific convocation speech, click the name of the speaker:

Check out photos from Convocation and Commencement below!

Transform Convocation Photos

U of U Commencement Photos