Latinx & Hispanic Heritage Month: Celebrating Culture, Communities, and Resilience in Unity

Across the nation, communities have come together to celebrate National Latinx and Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th, and continuing in that spirit throughout the year. The Latinx experience is one of diverse histories, cultures, foods, languages, and contributions, and is unified under strong values of community, hope, and family. These 30 days are a significant time …

Celebrating Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month

Check out the following local celebrations in honor of Hispanic/Latinx Heritage Month in Utah! Follow the links and information below to learn more. Stay tuned for additional events from September through October. Celebración del Bicentenario de la culminación de la Independencia de México – Gallivan Center, September 15th (6:00 PM- 9:00 PM) Organized by the Consulado de Mexico en Salt …

Lessons Learned | COVID-19 Multicultural Advisory Committee: Modeling an Equity Lens in all Policies

The Multicultural Advisory Committee of Utah’s COVID-19 Response was convened on May 1st, 2020 by Governor Gary Herbert and continued by Governor Spencer Cox, to work in collaboration with existing campaigns and organizations to amplify efforts and alleviate the growing disparities faced by underserved communities due to the pandemic. The committee is a cross-section of racially and ethnically diverse leaders …

Encontrando un punto medio con las personas: Colaboración de vacunación con Rancho Markets

Comenzó como una idea. Una que muchos pensaron que era demasiado ambiciosa y exigente para tener éxito, pero Cristina Díaz de León, una organizadora comunitaria de COVID-19 de la División de Asuntos Multiculturales de Utah, defendió firmemente que la comunidad latina necesitaba tener un sentido de confianza y familiaridad para alcanzar tasas de vacunación que combatan el COVID-19 de manera …

Utah Civic Season Spotlight: BIPOC Civic Leaders Who Shape(d) History

This Utah Civic Season, we are highlighting diverse civic leaders of many generations who have been strong advocates for Utah’s Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) communities in building opportunities for upward mobility. They have invested time, energy, resources, and emotional labor to transform systems, elevate voices, and enact change for diverse populations to thrive in Utah. We hope these …

2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership Day: Navigating Your Civic Power

This past spring, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) virtually hosted the 2021 Multicultural Youth Leadership Day. This was a virtual experience that invited students, educators, and community partners to empower youth through civic engagement. The theme of the event was “Navigating Your Civic Power,” chosen to encourage students to explore ways to become involved in their communities and …

Visions of the Future: Emerging Leaders in Utah

What is an emerging leader? To start, the term “emerging” means becoming apparent or prominent, up-and-coming. An emerging leader can be found in each of our young people and youth who are advancing equitable causes and projects, already engaged in leadership and advocacy, or finding their way to define what being involved in their communities mean to them. So this …

UTAH CIVIC SEASON, SUMMER 2021

Please join the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs and the Department of Cultural and Community Engagement as we engage with our past, take informed action in the present, and work together to shape the future during Utah’s first annual Civic Season. Throughout June and July the department as a collective will highlight nine historic days that honor our nation’s rich …

Beyond Performative Allyship: What We Can Do to Support AAPI Communities in Utah

Hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic, fueled by xenophobic rage and misinformation. The murder of six Asian women in Atlanta, Georgia and other violent attacks have left Asian communities in mourning and magnified the need for more optimal hate-crime reporting processes, specifically in Utah. At 1.6% of Utah’s population, Pacific Islanders have …

Celebrating Women/Womxn’s History Month & Community Health Workers

By: Claudia Loayza In Utah, across the country, and throughout history, Community Health Workers have been at the forefront of public health emergencies, much like the Coronavirus pandemic. They advocate for change, improve access to the quality of care, and increase cultural awareness of services delivered. A Community Health Worker’s role is intersectional and known by many names. They can …

Persevering through a Pandemic: Students’ First-Ever Virtual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

By: Taysha Tiatia This year, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) partnered with Salt Lake Community College (SLCC) to host their annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit for students in 7th, 8th, and 9th grades. However, due to COVID-19 social-distancing measures, the division had to pivot its efforts in holding an in-person event to ensure a safe and healthy experience …