Face Everything And Rise
When each MLK Day rolls around, a flood of emotions come to mind. Celebration, inspiration, motivation, and hope to name a few; but this year’s MLK Week theme may appear quite the opposite of the positive sentiments at first.
Drawing strength from fear
Our 2020 MLK Week keynote is Aisha Moodie-Mills (she/her)! We asked her a few questions on overcoming fear and fighting for progress.
We will be participating in the U’s Giving Tuesday with the intent of supporting two entities striving to foster equity and inclusion on our campus: the American Indian Resource Center and LGBT Resource Center.
Surviving and Thriving
During this year’s Pride Week, we were reminded of this original foundation of Pride but also found hope within the stories of queeroes who joined us and who came before us. Check out this recap whenever you need help remembering the queero within you!
It’s Pride Week at the U! In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Queeroes: Reclaiming Hero”, we are spotlighting some exceptional “queeroes” who share their personal queer heroes and offer advice for living as your true self.
What is a queero? Learn all about this year’s Pride theme and how it will be incorporated throughout the week.
Intent vs. impact
National Hispanic Heritage Month is from Sept. 15 – Oct. 15, and while the intent of heritage months may be thought of as celebratory recognition for communities within the U.S., many of our campus community members feel differently.
A beacon of equality
The 50th anniversary of Stonewall is this week! We interviewed this year’s Pride Week Co-chairs on the development of the LGBTQ+ rights movement and the many queer heroes, or queeroes, that have emerged throughout its progression.
Tardigrades, radio and geeking out
Meet Meligha Garfield (he/him), our inaugural Director for the Black Cultural Center! He just started this month, and we asked some personal and whimsical questions to get to know him a little better.
2019 Graduate Spotlights
There are some exceptional students graduating this year, so we had to spotlight them! Check out their U experiences/accomplishments and what words of advice they give to current and future students.
Transform students presented an oral and visual interactive tour on socio-legal, cultural, and ethnic studies perspectives surrounding immigration through presentations, written work, and visual display.
The University of Utah 47th Annual Pow Wow will be held this weekend! This year’s theme “Indigenous Rising: Warriors in Leadership” celebrates recent electoral wins and provides inspiration and encouragement to younger generations.
A tradition of resilience
Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor graduating LGBTQIA+ students. At the U, we will be reaching a milestone by celebrating our 15th annual Lavender Graduation on campus!
Celebrating 50 Years of Ethnic Studies at the U
For the 50th Anniversary of Ethnic Studies, we interviewed Dr. Edmund Fong, our Chair of Ethnic Studies, to learn more about the development, current culture, and outlook of Ethnic Studies on a local and national scale.
Gabby Rivera joined us to celebrate her joy, encourage us to find our own within our ancestors and stories, and gave us a glimpse into the inspirations for her writing.
Puppies, books and the revolution
Gabby Rivera (she/her) is a Bronx-born, queer Latinx writer, and our 2019 Women’s Week keynote! We asked a few questions to better understand Rivera’s philosophies and how she exercises them in her own life.
Students have always been at the center of transforming higher education; making it more inclusive with every graduating class. The U will be opening its inaugural Black Cultural Center, which was spearheaded by student leaders.
Black History Month matters
February is Black History Month, a time for individuals within the pan-African diaspora to express their talents and contributions on a large scale. For the Black Student Union (BSU), it’s a time of reflection.
Charlene Carruthers, 2019 MLK Week keynote, reminded us all that one individual cannot make or break a movement. It takes a collective, tackling an issue together to make it happen. Do you want to organize a movement? Ask yourself these five questions…
Commit, organize, take action
A series of bright-colored posters found around campus share quotes from thought-leading activists. They serve as a reminder that a collective approach is vital for social change.
Building an educational bridge
Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of the PI Studies initiative — and a new $600,000 grant.
Día de los Muertos is not a “Mexican Halloween”
Despite the growing popularity of the festivities and their symbols, both within and outside of the U.S. Latinx community, few really know the meaning of the celebration.
Parallels of the White Rose Resistance
Dr. Jud Newborn, our 2018 U Remembers keynote, draws lessons and parallels from resistance during the time of the Holocaust and the resistance in today’s current events.
What are we really celebrating?
Columbus Day – a day that honors Christopher Columbus and his arrival to the Americas in 1492 – romanticizes colonization while ignoring the existence and narrative of indigenous people.
In the direction of diverse student advocacy
Tawanda Carson Owens is to become the new Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy, an advocate position for the students served and the programs offered by OED.
The writing’s on the wall
Art can be an incredibly powerful messaging tool when used properly. Ella Mendoza, an undocumented and queer multi-disciplinary artist, uses their art to advocate for social justice.
Affinity celebrations are responses to historical and ongoing exclusion and marginalization, allowing students to celebrate their persistence and resistance through college with their family, friends, and peers.
2018 Graduate Spotlights
We’ve highlighted a few of our students that are graduating this year! Learn more about them and what advice they have as they reflect on their university experience.
Pow Wow etiquette
The University of Utah’s 46th Annual Pow Wow is April 6 & 7! While the Pow Wow is free and open to the public, organizers encourage attendees to be respectful and adhere to proper pow wow etiquette.
Bystander intervention tips for spring break
While Spring Break is a time to take care of yourself, keep an eye out to help others as well.
Self-care: narcissistic or necessary?
Self-care is any deliberate act to take care of our mental, emotional, and/or physical health. In our own routines, we must consider where to draw the line in judging other’s efforts.
Ciriac Alvarez Valle
Documentation. The metric the United States government uses to determine a person’s rights within the U.S. Here is a story of a U alumna who has had first-hand experience.
Standing against bigotry and discrimination, Irene Ota’s passion and work centers around raising awareness of privilege and oppression. But it was her life experiences that lead her to her passion.
“We are powerful because we have survived, and that is what it is all about- survival and growth.” – Audre Lorde
Representation, mental health and “Black Panther.”
Black History Month and celebrations of Black life going forward should be mindful of the “intersections of our identities, so that ‘Black’ doesn’t just mean cis-het, Hollywood size, Christian, and able-bodied.”
Tampons are not a luxury. Period.
Toilet paper: essential, right? The U provides toilet paper in all the restrooms on campus, because it is a basic personal hygiene necessity. But what about the basic personal hygiene need for pads and tampons?
Pay it no mind.
Celebrating Black life means elevating the narratives of Black trans people, and we must start by saying the names of Black trans people who have prematurely lost their lives to institutional violence.
Education—an important value to many. But for Kiman Kaur, education has become the most vital piece to her life and to her family.
A director, a student, an activist. Lilly Kanishka’s experiences and passion for social justice has become the driving force for her involvement in student organizations.
‘Let America Be America Again’ – Langston Hughes
As Black History Month approaches, Langton Hughes’ poem ‘Let America Be America Again’ encourages us to consider where we have been (from pre-colonization; to 1776; to 1936; to 2018).
What is environmental racism and why does it matter? Here’s a brief overview of the U’s 2018 MLK Week.
Collisions and intersections
In higher education, we are beginning to discuss the intersection of social identities. However, we are far from constructively supporting intersectionality.