Glendale Youth as Placemakers | “Becoming Placemakers” Workshop

Over the last several months, youth from Dane Hess’s Glendale Middle School classroom have been thinking about their community, what matters most to them, and how this applies to the reimagining of the now abandoned Seven Peaks Water Park. Although, to truly be transformative requires more than ideas. It requires partnership with people who are also willing to challenge and …

Middle School Students Focus on Mental Health, Financial Literacy, and College & Career Pathways in 8th Annual Statewide Leadership Summit

SALT LAKE CITY – Over 700 middle school and jr. high students of racially and ethnically diverse communities from across the state were encouraged to reflect on their future goals and discover tools that can build upon their strengths.  The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs recently hosted the 8th Annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit, an event that has been supported …

At Rancho Markets COVID-19 Clinics, Trust Makes a Difference

WEST VALLEY CITY – “I love the work that you all are doing,” said Utah Lieutenant Governor Deidre Henderson at a community vaccination clinic on Nov. 19. Henderson thanked the partners who organized the series of pop-up clinics at Rancho Markets across the Wasatch Front, praising efforts to shrink the health gaps among the Latino and multicultural communities particularly hard-hit …

DRAWING UPON DAY OF THE DEAD TRADITIONS TO REMEMBER PANDEMIC LOSSES

The Dia de Los Muertos altar at the Utah State Capitol was decorated with candles, fruit, sugar skulls and bright orange and purple flowers and yarn pom-poms, as vivid as the fall leaves outside. The memorial also featured poignant photographs of loved ones to honor the memories of the more than 3,200 Utahns who died in the past year due …

Announcing the Multicultural Placemaking & Mapping Community Belonging Project | Many Stories, One Utah

Editor’s Note: The name of this project has been updated from “Mapping Living Heritage: Many Stories, One Utah” to “Multicultural Placemaking & Mapping Community Belonging | Many Stories, One Utah”. This has been done to better reflect the goals of the project to elevate stories, histories, and values as they relate to creating places of belonging for diverse communities. The …

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 …