Our Mission is to Promote an Inclusive Climate for Utah's Multicultural Communities. • Our Vision is to Be a Model State by Ensuring Equitable Resources and Services to all Utahns.
About the Division Of Multicultural Affairs
The Multicultural Affairs Office was created by executive order in January of 2012. During the 2019 General Session of the 63rd Legislature, a housekeeping bill codified the Office of Multicultural Affairs thereby renaming and structuring it as a division under the Department of Heritage and Arts, solidifying its integral role in state law and missions. The Division recognizes the importance of developing relationships with the many different communities throughout Utah in order to achieve its important mission.
MEET THE TEAM
Nubia Peña, Director
Nubia Peña is the Director for the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs where their mission is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah's growing diverse community through training, outreach and youth leadership development.
She is a national training consultant dedicated to bringing awareness to intersections of trauma and the School-to- Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system.
In addition, Director Peña is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program facilitator. She has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal faith-based initiatives and professional endeavors.
She has a decade of experience assisting survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, human trafficking, and violent crimes as a Law Enforcement Victim Advocate. Since 2007, Director Peña has served as the Training and Prevention Education Specialist at the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault (UCASA) where she developed trainings on Youth Advocacy for Trafficked Survivors, Social Justice in Prevention Efforts, and Sexual Harassment in the #MeToo Era.
In addition, she is also the founder and director of Royalty Rising Youth Ministry, a culturally relevant and gender specific outreach initiative for at-risk and marginalized young adults.
She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. During that year, she was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Due to Director Peña’s longstanding commitment to youth rights, empowerment, and leadership development, she was selected as the recipient of the National Juvenile Justice Network 2019 Emerging Leader Award.
Preferred Pronouns: She, her, hers
Rozanna Benally-Sagg, comes from a lineage of Diné (Navajo) culture, language, and teachings based in San Juan County (Utah). Her parents and grandparents instilled in her the value and importance of education that has remained strong throughout her life.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of New Mexico, she provided speech-language therapy services for 10 years to school-age children. Also, she worked with families in her hometown as director of a family literacy program.
She continues to be a proponent of educational equity and building bridges between community members and state government.
Jenny Hor is a program specialist committed to working collectively with underrepresented populations. As a life-long resident of Utah, she sees access and diversity as integral foundations in building strong communities.
Alongside her colleagues, she works to build pipelines to higher education and increase civic engagement among students through the office’s youth conferences. She also helps administer the Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission.
Outside of the office, she performs traditional Cambodian dances as a member of the Khemera Dance Troupe. She completed her studies in Human Development and Family Studies and Consumer and Community Studies from the University of Utah.
Special Projects and Community Engagement Coordinator
Claudia Loayza is Latina (Mexican, Peruvian). She grew up with a strong sense of heritage and a desire to be an advocate for the preservation of cultures. This desire has taken her throughout the world.
Through her travels, she has come to firmly believe that diversity enriches and promotes efficacy by strengthening ties.
She recently graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Science where she studied the crosses between urban design and public health. She plans to pursue graduate school, upon which she hopes to work with various communities including Native-American reservations and inner city areas to promote more active city framework and walkable amenities.
Ephraim Kum was born in Kumasi, Ghana and immigrated to the U.S. with his parents at a very young age. He was raised in Atlanta, GA and traveled to Utah two years ago to pursue higher education. Ephraim is passionate about advocating and creating opportunities for marginalized communities.
Currently, he studies at the University of Utah, where he is pursuing an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science, with an emphasis in Public Policy. At school, he is involved in student government where he serves as an Associate Director, and loves to promote inclusivity in that capacity.
The importance of serving and uplifting others, has been on the forefront of his mind since high school. Over the years he has spearheaded multiple service and community dialogue initiatives seeking to bridge the gap between diverse communities. He plans to pursue graduate school later in life, and hopes to make helping others to reach their full potential a lifelong mission.