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 …

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 …