First Star Academy’s Day at the Capitol: Engaging Youth, Cultivating Leaders

When youth are given the chance to voice their concerns in a powerful space, emerging leaders are born and their stories are elevated. “Having the opportunity today to share my story and express the changes I want to see really helped me feel empowerment for myself and encourages me to share my story more,” said Lexee, a First Star Academy …

Welcoming Our New Director, Nubia Peña

“I feel privileged to have the opportunity to serve as the new Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA). I am incredibly grateful for the warm welcome from community partners as well as the overwhelming support from my colleagues and leadership at the Department of Heritage and Arts. I am also thankful to have acquired a remarkable team …

Celebrate Juneteenth, Celebrate Freedom

On this day in 1865, Union General Gordon Granger traveled to Galveston, Texas to announce that all enslaved African Americans had been freed (What is Juneteenth, Gates). As a result, Juneteenth marks the emancipation of slavery across the United States and the celebration of freedom across generations. Many take this day to acknowledge the hardship and contributions of African American …

Self-care for Students

With the school year wrapping up, you can let out a deep, collective sigh of relief. For many of you, the momentary pause does not last long as your summer is brimming with sun-filled activities. But what would that moment look like if you allowed yourself to rest a little longer? Being a student in the modern world has several …

A Farewell to a Leader in Diversity and Equity

Hong Vu recently concluded her time as the director of the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs. As a remarkable colleague and director, she left a tangible mark on the office because of her work on diversity and equity. One of her major contributions was the Senior Leader Toolkit, created as a resource for business and community models to emphasize inclusion …

Leader brings power of listening to Utah’s MLK Commission

As a community leader and volunteer, Emma E. Houston employs a superpower: She listens. “My philosophy of listening is that it’s my responsibility to be present when someone is speaking to me,” Houston says. “Fully present and intentional.” Houston brings intentional listening skills to her job as director of the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity. And …