Office for Equity and Diversity

Paula Smith

Interim Associate VP for Equity & Diversity

Park 120
801-585-7926
paula.smith@utah.edu

Tawanda Owens

Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy

Sill Center 126
801-213-1229
tawanda.owens@utah.edu

JaTara Smith

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Smith

JaTara's (she/her) life-goal is to own a non-profit aimed at secondary education and job placement. She is well on her way by currently working on her Masters in Public Administration and helping out our administrative team! In her free time, JaTara enjoys reading and riding her horse.

Park 120
801-585-7926
jatara.smith@utah.edu

Samantha Eldridge

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Owens

Samantha (she/her) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science through researching the historical and institutional structures creating inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities. Samantha is a past recipient of the U's Equity and Diversity Award and is passionate about serving as an advocate for her community to create and increase equitable access and opportunities.

AIRC
801-581-7019
samantha.eldridge@utah.edu

Creative Marketing & Development

Feleti Matagi

Director of Development

Feleti (he/him) loves meeting new people from different backgrounds and life experiences, which is why he’s a huge YouTube and movie enthusiast. Stop by to geek-out on Malcolm Reed cooking videos or his favorite movie genre: sci-fi!

Park 120
801-581-5640
f.matagi@utah.edu

Estela Hernandez

PR & Events Specialist

Estela (she/her) provides her spectacular expertise across campus by coordinating events and generating press releases. This all sounds very complicated, and it is! But luckily for us, Estela not only does mind-blowing work, she does it with style. (And patience!) Plus, where would we be without her timely sarcasm?

Park 120
801-587-3342
estela.hernandez@utah.edu

Kaya Aman

Web & Brand Manager

Kaya (no pronoun preference) is a brilliant designer with a ridiculously sweet personality. Add in that she's also learning all about the web world, and pretty soon she will be totally unstoppable! With her talents, I wouldn't be surprised if a madman in a blue box recruited her to help him save the world... again.

Park 120
801-581-4250
kaya.aman@utah.edu

Emily Pantoja

Graphic Designer

Emily’s (she/her) most cherished pastime and deepest love are video games. Her dream job is to become a video game concept artist, and she could go on for hours celebrating truly revolutionary concepts in the industry. When she’s not dissecting plots and critiquing gameplay, Emily enjoys singing and playing her ukulele as often as she can!

Park 120
801-581-4250
emily.pantoja@utah.edu

American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)

Franci Taylor (Choctaw)

Director of the American Indian Resource Center

As a mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, Franci (she/her) has always wanted the best for others. She has dedicated the last 25 years towards increasing access for all under-represented students and American Indian education. She’s definitely an asset to our team!

AIRC
801-581-7019
franci.taylor@utah.edu

Lori Begaye

Student Staff

AIRC
801-581-7019
lorijobegaye45@gmail.com

Samantha Eldridge

Support Staff

Samantha (she/her) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science through researching the historical and institutional structures creating inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities. Samantha is a past recipient of the U's Equity and Diversity Award and is passionate about serving as an advocate for her community to create and increase equitable access and opportunities.

AIRC
801-581-7019
samantha.eldridge@utah.edu

Black Cultural Center

Meligha Garfield

Director of the Black Cultural Center

A native of Rochester, New York, Meligha (he/him) is an avid movie goer; Marvel comic book enthusiast; and fan of hip-hop, neo-soul, and 80’s R&B. (According to him, the top 5 hip-hop artists are Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Common, Kanye West, and Rakim.) In his spare time, he uses his golden voice for radio, voiceover work, and podcasts. Don’t believe us? Come hear for yourself!

Bldg 603
801-213-1441
Meligha.Garfield@utah.edu

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)

Tricia Sugiyama

Director of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs

Tricia (she/her) is a fourth generation Utahn and is passionate about working with students. Prior to working as the Director, she has been the First Year Experience Program Director, Academic Advisor and Asian American Programs Coordinator! In addition, she spent 5 years at the State Office of Asian Affairs, started her own business, loves all things geek and is a dedicated fur parent.

Union 235
801-587-9568
t.sugiyama@utah.edu

Paul Fisk

Transfer Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Paul

Our very own Super Saiyan advises current and potential transfer students from SLCC, Snow College, and the U. [Power-up Intensifies] On top of that, Paul (he/him) co-advises the transfer honor society, Tau Sigma, and AASA and assists in events, workshops, and classes related to transfer students throughout the year! [Power-up level and number of transfer students grow] It’s over 9,000!

Union 235
801-581-3328
paul.fisk@utah.edu

David (Tevita) Kinikini

Family Support Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
David (Tevita)

“Ti” (he/him) was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. His passion is education and providing support to student’s success. He is known for his smile, laughter and genuine care. If you stop by his office, he always has something he would love to share with you. If you would really like to know him, ask about his days as a student at East High School.

Union 235
801-581-8151
d.kinikini@utah.edu

Rudy Medina

First Year Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Rudy

Rudy (he/him) is a Warriors and Raiders fan who likes to hike and read. While head of the Diversity Scholars Program, he also finds time to advise M.E.Ch.A. and work with student leaders.

Union 235
801-585-1538
rudy.medina@utah.edu

Portia Saulabiu

Retention Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Portia

Portia (she/her) works to support and advocate for the success of fantastic students in CESA - like you - to ensure you demonstrate your intelligence and resilience, stay connected on campus, and graduate from the U! She enjoys a good laugh, painting, crafting, and showing off her dance moves. Plus her baking game is on point (requests accepted). She even shares her joy for students by advising BSU. #Magic

Union 235
801-587-9567
portia.saulabiu@utah.edu

Anthony Shirley

Scholarship & Financial Resources Coordinator
Meet with
Anthony

Anthony (no pronoun preference) can do and loves everything. Really. From operating as the outreach representative, taking adventures (boating, four-wheeling, hiking, etc.), teaching Navajo language and culture, adding to his 100+ Barbie doll collection (film editions only, of course!), co-advising the ITSA, tending his salsa and mint garden, and advising students like you. Aren’t you lucky?!

Union 235
801-585-6458
a.shirley@utah.edu

Giulia Soto

Second Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Giulia

Giulia (she/her) supports students explore major and career paths and develop a plan to achieve your goals. As a Diversity Scholar alumna, she can connect you with alumni. She loves to dance, especially Peruvian Folklore. Passionate about providing equitable education in Latin America, she interned in Honduras & Peru and got a M.S.Ed in International Educational Development at UPenn.

Union 235
801-581-8151
giulia.soto@utah.edu

Martha Hernandez

Outreach Program Coordinator & Advisor

As outreach coordinator, Martha (she/her) is here to help students connect with the great advisors and programs in CESA, and other resources on campus. Martha is a history teacher by training and a cat-lover by heart. When she is not reading, gardening, or watching documentary films, you can find her visiting a national park.

Union 235
801-581-4378
martha.hernandez@utah.edu

Kadija Mohamed

Administrative Assistant

Kadija's (she/her) in charge of keeping CESA's operations running smoothly and efficiently. She loves to travel and has already been around the world and back. If you have any questions regarding CESA (or travel), she's your go-to person! Kadija dreams of owning her own business, and with the experience she's gaining here, she'll be the next entrepreneur to watch!

Union 235
801-581-8142
K.Mohamed@utah.edu

Jimoh George Jr.

Office Assistant

Jimoh George Jr (he/him) is always playing music; you will never see him in CESA without something playing in the background — or in his ear. In addition to music, Jimoh is passionate about sports, which is why he’s majoring in sport management (with a minor in marketing)! If you want to talk ball, listen to some trap, or have a good laugh, visit Jimoh!

Union 235
801-581-8151
u1183111@utah.edu

LGBT Resource Center

Clare Lemke

Director of the LGBT Resource Center

Clare (she/her) is committed to fostering a university community that celebrates queer and trans histories, cultures, and lives. She is super qualified in this endeavor, since she earned her Ph.D. by researching the history of sexuality, LGBTQ social movements, U.S. feminist movements, and queer femininities! Clare loves to cook, shop at thrift stores and farmer’s markets, watch movies, travel, and spend time with her magnificent bulldog.

Union 409
801-587-7973

Bree Peacock

Executive Secretary

Bree (she/her) is the Executive Secretary here at the University of Utah LGBT Resource Center. She graduated from Indiana University with a B.A. in studio art with concentrations in photography and graphic design. She is passionate about LGBTQ activism, hiking, traveling, and doing photography whenever she can.

Union 409
801-587-7973
BPeacock@sa.utah.edu

Moani Tuitupou

Student Staff

Moani (she/her) is a third-year undergraduate student studying Applied Mathematics. She loves hanging out with her two dogs, learning new songs on the ukulele, playing sports, and adventuring out into the world. She wants to create a more inclusive environment for the LGBTQ+ community, both in general and in STEM fields, while also connecting with a more diverse population on campus.

Union 409
801-587-7973
MTuitupou@sa.utah.edu

Comstock

Student Staff

Comstock (she/her) is an art student studying ceramics. She pursues means of integrating the queer experience into visual artwork as part of a dedication to social justice, intersectionality, and radical means of expression. She is a believer in the power of community and transformative praxis. In her spare time, Comstock enjoys poetry, museums, and hiking.

Union 409
801-587-7973
ecomstock@sa.utah.edu

School for Cultural and Social Transformation

Kathryn Bond Stockton

Dean

If Kathryn (she/her) could play the guitar, she would literally be a rock star. Yes, she is that cool! She's well known as a scholar in literature, feminist theory, and queer theory, but as far as we're concerned, she is an awesome boss with a quirky personality and a major sweet side.

GC 4200
801-213-1004
kathryn.stockton@utah.edu

Jen Wozab

Student Support Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Jen

If you have any questions about Ethnic, Disability, or Gender studies, try to make an appointment with or email Jen (she/her). Her main objective is to help students reach their full academic potential while they’re part of the Transform family. She also teaches yoga, so she can help keep your mental and physical state in balance as well! Who can ask for anything more from their advisor?!

GC 4200
801-581-5140
jen.wozab@utah.edu

Disability Studies

Angela Smith

Director of Disability Studies

Hailing from New Zealand, Angela (she/her) directs the Disability Studies initiative, which oversees the Disability Studies minor and brings together researchers on disability topics from all over campus. She’s an Associate Professor in English and Gender Studies, and her research interests include disability representation, horror movies, and feminist theory. She enjoys baking and watching depressing Nordic noir.

GC 4200
801-581-7992
ang.smith@utah.edu

Ethnic Studies

Edmund Fong

Chair of Ethnic Studies

GC 4200
801-581-5886
Edmund.Fong@utah.edu

Elizabeth Archuleta

Academic Program Manager

From mentoring undergrad students to coordinating recruitment activities to teaching ethnic studies classes to serving on various university committees, Elizabeth (she/her) keeps things running smoothly in the Ethnic Studies Program. When the zombie apocalypse is upon us, we know who will be giving orders, especially since she’s already preparing!

GC 4200

elizabeth.archuleta@utah.edu

Maria Morales

Administrative Assistant

Maria (she/her) is a native Texan whose main goals are to help you have the best experience in your academic career and reach your potential. She can help you with just about anything; permission codes to add classes, schedule student meeting space, message your professor when all else fails, get you in touch with student advisors, offer directions when lost, and if nothing else - a friendly hello!

GC 4200
801-581-5206
maria.morales@utah.edu

Alborz Ghandehari

Diversity Scholars Instructional Coordinator

GC 4200
801-581-5206
A.Ghandehari@utah.edu

Gender Studies

Susie Porter

Chair of Gender Studies

Susie (she/her) embodies the word “passionate”. She’s a mother, director, instructor, and Westside Leadership Institute Member and has many publications in English and Spanish (she’s fluent!). Her feminism does not require you to put the toilet seat down…but you might want to!

GC 4200
801-585-5693
s.porter@utah.edu

Kim Hackford-Peer

Associate Chair of Gender Studies

At a towering 5’2”, this fan of walking her dog Fritz, building Legos and mowing her lawn, mentors graduate TA’s, advises gender studies students, serves on multiple committees/councils, and teaches various classes within the GS Program and the Gender Justice Scholars Program (she’s a co-founder!). Someone get her an intern!

GC 4200
801-585-3283
kim.hackford-peer@utah.edu

Pat Ross

Administrative Assistant

With the help from her mighty desk phone, she keeps everything on task and moving efficiently in the Gender Studies Office. An epic administrative assistant by day and crafty quilter by night, it’s Pat Ross, the Administrative Assistant of Gender Studies! Wham! She schedules GS courses! Swoosh! Answers and relays phone calls! Ka-pow! How does she do it? Who knows?! It’s Pat Ross!

GC 4200
801-581-8094
pat.ross@utah.edu