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Teacher Recruitment Scholars (TRS)

The TRS program recruits students of color. By recruiting and supporting students from underrepresented backgrounds, we help these students return to their communities as teachers so that they can foster the next generation of learners and educators.      
America’s classrooms are increasingly diverse, but how does teacher diversity compare? According to a 2017-18 study, not very well. Over 79% of public-school teachers are white, and most of those are female. Research has routinely shown that students do better when a teacher shares their race and gender. The Teacher Recruitment Scholars (TRS) program aims to increase diversity among the teaching workforce along the Wasatch Front. Utah is growing in racial diversity, especially among our youth. So, too, should our educators.    
We collaborate with 4 different school districts and Salt Lake Community College to identify, recruit, support, and retain potential future teachers. Students recruited into the TRS program get support early, beginning with the college application process. Students in the TRS program also receive financial support to attend Salt Lake Community College. Financial aid continues as they transition to the University of Utah’s College of Education.

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Mary Burbank

Director, Careeer-Line Professor, Urban Institute for Teacher Education
Assistant Dean for Teacher Education

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Last Updated: 12/12/23