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 …

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 …

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 …

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

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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

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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 …

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

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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 …

Meeting People Where They Are: Vaccination Partnership with Rancho Markets

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It began as an idea. One that many thought was too ambitious and demanding to be successful, but Cristina Diaz de León, a COVID-19 Community Organizer with the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, strongly advocated that the Latinx community needed to have a sense of trust and familiarity in order to reach vaccination rates that would combat COVID-19 effectively. A …

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

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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 …

Visions of the Future: Emerging Leaders in Utah

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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

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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

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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

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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 …