Racial Disparities in Eviction Rates During COVID-19

The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs has taken the opportunity to study issues of eviction in our state. The research team – composed of Dr. Joél Arvizo-Zavala, Taysha Tiatia, and Ramy Ahmed – worked with data from the Utah State Courts and the U.S. Census to understand whether or not evictions are disproportionately impacting Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) …

Resilient Truths: Juntos Somos Mas Fuertes

By: Juan Becerra, Multicultural Advisory Committee – State of Utah COVID-19 Response En esta época de pandemia e inquietud social, podemos ver nuestro verdadero carácter.  ¿Nos ayudaría ser un pueblo mejor y movernos hacia el progreso?  ¿O nos hace retroceder unos pasos? La manera en la cual conquistamos estos desafíos y tiempos difíciles nos indican el desarrollo del ser que …

Resilient Truths: A Letter to the Native American Community About COVID-19

By: Dustin Jansen, Utah Division of Indian Affairs & Multicultural Advisory Committee – State of Utah COVID-19 Response Native Americans are facing the same challenges as the rest of the U.S. population during this COVID-19 pandemic. But for many reasons, the pandemic has taken a greater toll on our Native communities. Native American communities suffer from disproportionate rates of asthma, …

Resilient Truths: A Letter to the Black Community About COVID-19

By: Emma E. Houston, Multicultural Advisory Committee – State of Utah COVID-19 Response Let’s keep it simple as I compare COVID-19 to a cousin who keeps showing up at the family gatherings uninvited. We may all have a family member who regardless of our intent to keep them away from family gatherings, always manages to find out where they are …

Resilient Truths: Diverse Community Voices on COVID-19

COVID-19 has stretched us, caused us to reconsider the way we operate, and has aggravated inequities that underrepresented communities have faced for decades. The Multicultural Advisory Committee to the State of Utah COVID-19 Response, in collaboration with the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, invites you to join us for a series of letters from community voices that shed light on …

Utah’s Diverse Businesses: Elevating Partner Organizations

As you may have read, Utah’s Division of Multicultural Affairs has launched its very own social media campaign. Our focus is uplifting businesses, and gaining insight on the adjustments diverse owners have had to face during these times. The division is ecstatic to be connecting with various communities across the state. As we continue this campaign we also want to …

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence

The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is honored to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence from Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox. This award recognizes our team’s commitment to elevate voices of multicultural communities and strive to build equitable opportunities for all those who call Utah home. This year has created new challenges for our division and …

Utah’s Diverse Business Spotlight: A Social Media Campaign

By: Maegan Castleton, Student Fellow Flexibility and adaptation. Many Utah businesses have had to learn these lessons the hard way. Some proprietors struggle to keep businesses open and safe during times where common practices must change. This is why the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is proud to launch a new social media campaign showcasing Utah’s diverse businesses. We encourage …

State & Community Leaders Move Forward towards Racial Equity

By: Ramy Ahmed & Taysha Tiatia On July 16th, community leaders from the Multicultural Commission and the Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission (MLK Commission) met in a formal public body with state leadership, Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox, to follow up from the June 3 Joint Commission meeting to discuss action steps …

Joint Statement Following Death of George Floyd and the Many Lives Taken Before Him

The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs stands with the Multicultural Commission, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commission on Human Rights, and Governor Gary R. Herbert in mourning the death of George Floyd. Members of the two commissions and the governor, who all met in an emergency meeting Wednesday, issued the following statement that we, as a division, fully endorse. The statement …