Sharing the Gift of Literacy | A Cross-Agency Partnership

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By Jason Carrillo Edited by Claudia Loayza Libraries are important! They are free public institutions and anchor literacy and other services in our communities. They serve as centers of community engagement and are investments in future school success and economic sustainability! However, a library cannot operate without its books, and book supply and libraries themselves can be difficult to access …

Celebrating 10 Years of Service: Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs’ Continuing Legacy

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By Jason Carrillo Edited by Claudia Loayza This June, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) excitedly hosted a Community Reception Breakfast in celebration of its 10 year anniversary! We took this time as an opportunity to not only reflect on the past decade’s milestones and achievements, but also to honor our community partners who have passionately worked to create …

International Market Coming to Utah State Fair Park | Addressing Food Insecurity & Cultural Celebrations

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By: Jason Carrillo (MCA Fellow) Utah’s State Fair is an iconic event that annually brings our statewide community together to celebrate the successes of our state and its thriving population. Diverse food options and community engagement are common sights to see during the event, making the Utah Sate Fairpark venue filled with beautiful moments and beloved memories. However, for most …

Mosaic Narratives Series: Ramadan Community Conversation Recap

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This past April marked the month of Ramadan! It’s during this holy period when millions of Muslims worldwide give up food and water in dedication to their faith. In recognition of this tradition, the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) excitedly honored our local Muslim community and their invaluable contributions to our state.   In an online event, the Division of …

Multicultural Affairs Team Receives CCE Grand Performers Award

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A reunion is a beautiful thing! The Utah Department of Cultural & Community Engagement, hosted their first retreat in three years for all divisions to rebuild connections and celebrate our accomplishments. As part of the celebration, they recognized staff members for their ongoing efforts in serving the state of Utah. The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs team received the Grand …

“Writing the Future Together”: 2022 Women’s History Month Event Recap

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By: Jason Carrillo, MCA Fellow This past March marked Women’s History Month! It was during this month where our statewide community was encouraged to make the extra effort to honor and recognize the accomplishments of women from our state’s past and present—and witness those who are actively writing our future. The Utah Department of Cultural and Community Engagement (CCE) is …

Engaging Young Leaders: Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Commission Event with Lincoln Elementary School & Utah Jazz

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On Friday, February 25th, 2022, our Utah Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission and staff had the pleasure of partnering with the Utah Jazz outreach team to create an MLK experience at Lincoln Elementary of the Granite School District! Fourth and fifth graders of various backgrounds learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s six principles of non-violence through interactive …

Black History Month: The Power of “Being” and Personal Journeys

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Happy Black History Month!  This is a month of celebration every February through March 1st that carries lessons throughout the year. It’s a time to reflect on Black figures and leaders in our shared history, but also honor those whose stories and efforts are making a difference to build up thriving communities now and into the future. Its origins come …

Glendale Youth as Placemakers | “Becoming Placemakers” Workshop

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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

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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

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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 …