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Gender Justice Scholars is a collaboration of the Women’s Resource Center, the Gender Studies Department, the Academic Advising Center, and University Neighborhood Partners in order to support the success of students who are interested in issues of gender equity at the U. Additional campus collaborators, include: Academic Advising Center, Office of Sustainability and the Bennion Center. 

This 2-year cohort experience provides students with a holistic approach to their success. 

Course requirements: 

  • Students will take classes in a cohort group over the course of 2 years
  • 2 Gender Studies Classes (DV, BEH) (CE)
  • 1 Student Development Courses (Upper Division)
  • 1 Community Engaged Learning (CEL) Project

Academic requirements:

  • Students are assigned an advisor and a WRC peer coach.
  • Maintain Undeclared Major for 2 years
  • Maintain 2+ GPA
  • Regular meetings with UStart AAC advisor

Program requirements:

  • Regular meetings/checkins with WRC peer coach
  • Attend New Student Orientation
  • Attend WRC UStart Orientation
  • Abide by sponsorship contract, if sponsored
  • Maintain regular communication via UMAIL


Q & A

Yes we do!

Sponsored students are admitted under the University’s 5% policy, which allows for 5% of any incoming class to be comprised of students who do not meet the initial admission criteria.

No, two offices cannot sponsor you.

No. You are required to commit to the whole program. Each aspect of UStart Gender Justice Scholars is integral to your success.

You can learn more about our requirements by visiting our Program Requirements section.

Many factors contribute to our decision when sponsoring students, please be as detailed as possible when completing your appeal application. The more information we have, the easier it is for us to make a decision.

Once an application has passed through admissions and routed to us, we base our decision on a couple of factors:

  • a complete and thoughtful appeal application
  • letters of recommendation
  • an understanding of the WRC/LGBT Resource Centers, their services and their missions
  • an understanding and agreement to the USTART Gender Justice Scholars’ sponsorship program and it’s requirements (see attached contract)
  • an awareness and self-identification of educational barriers that contributed to a low GPA and/or ACT score and/or other factors for a denied application

When filling out the appeal form be sure to include these in the narrative portion. 

Also, if you know you want to work directly with the Women’s Resource Center, make sure you list our center as your first choice.

You can contact Flor Olivo at or 801-581-8030 for program specific information, or you can contact Admissions directly at or 801-581-8761.

 Each day, you should check the email you listed on your appeal application. Be sure to check your spam and junk mail files as well. The Office of Admissions will send out important emails regarding your appeal and will notify you if you have any missing information or incomplete files. You can track the status of your appeals online at or by calling the admission office directly at 801.581.7281.

Last Updated: 5/27/20