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 …

2020 Rental Assistance Applications and their Connection to Eviction Disparity

In continuing our research on evictions and their impact on Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) in Utah, the Division of Multicultural Affairs’ research team has analyzed data on rental assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic or year 2020. In collaboration with the Utah Department of Workforce Services, we analyzed data on how approved rental assistance applications are being distributed in …

Resilient Truths: The Personal Thoughts of a Tired College Senior

By: Maegan Castleton, Student Fellow – Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs Since the beginning of 2020, the question of  “How are you doing?” has been used frequently. However, I have noticed that amongst my other college-aged peers, it’s now normal to respond to that question with a plain, “not well, but what can you do” along with a shrug, some …

Pockets of Peace: Elevating Artists of Color and Prioritizing Self-Care

By: Taysha Tiatia, Student Fellow In October, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs launched the Pockets of Peace Wellness series focused on self-care and mental health. Each month since then, we have provided resources, events, and information to encourage communities to reserve moments throughout the month for their “pockets of peace”.  For this final installment of our series, we will …

Governor Gary Herbert Joins Racial Equity Leaders to Form the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

On December 15th, Governor Gary Herbert and racial equity leaders across the state, gathered at the steps of the Utah Capitol to launch The Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. This document is a declaration of five principles and actions that invite cross-discipline commitment to be anti-racist and advance equal opportunity for all in our communities. It is …