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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Utah’s Diverse Businesses: Elevating Partner Organizations

As you may have read, Utah’s Division of Multicultural Affairs has launched its very own social media campaign. Our focus is uplifting businesses, and gaining insight on the adjustments diverse owners have had to face during these times. The division is ecstatic to be connecting with various communities across the state. As we continue this campaign we also want to …

Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs Receives Governor’s Award for Excellence

The Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is honored to receive the Governor’s Award for Excellence from Governor Gary Herbert and Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox. This award recognizes our team’s commitment to elevate voices of multicultural communities and strive to build equitable opportunities for all those who call Utah home. This year has created new challenges for our division and …

Utah’s Diverse Business Spotlight: A Social Media Campaign

By: Maegan Castleton, Student Fellow Flexibility and adaptation. Many Utah businesses have had to learn these lessons the hard way. Some proprietors struggle to keep businesses open and safe during times where common practices must change. This is why the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs is proud to launch a new social media campaign showcasing Utah’s diverse businesses. We encourage …