2019 Graduate Spotlights

April 29, 2019

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.

Beyond walls

April 22, 2019

Transform students presented an interactive activity on socio-legal, cultural, and ethnic studies perspectives surrounding immigration through presentations, written work, and visual display. An assignment for which the students hosted an oral and visual tour of their projects, entitled “Beyond Walls”.

Indigenous rising

April 15, 2019

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

April 8, 2019

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!

Radical creativity

March 11, 2019

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

March 1, 2019

Gabby Rivera (she/her) is a Bronx-born, queer Latinx writer…and our 2019 Women’s Week keynote! We asked a few personal questions to better understand Rivera’s philosophies and how she exercises them in her own life.

Student activism

February 25, 2019

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 4, 2019

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.

Building an educational bridge

November 5, 2018

Strong community, resilient history and vibrant traditions are key elements of the Pacific Islands culture. These same elements are the foundation of the Pacific Islands Studies initiative — and a new $600,000 grant.

Día de los Muertos is not a “Mexican Halloween”

November 1, 2018

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

October 22, 2018

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?

October 8, 2018

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.

The writing’s on the wall

May 28, 2018

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.

Claiming space

April 30, 2018

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

April 30, 2018

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.

Self-care: narcissistic or necessary?

March 19, 2018

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

March 6, 2018

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.

Irene Ota

March 6, 2018

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.

On Resilience

March 6, 2018

“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.”

February 20, 2018

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.”

Pay it no mind.

February 5, 2018

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.

Kiman Kaur

February 5, 2018

Education—an important value to many. But for Kiman Kaur, education has become the most vital piece to her life and to her family.

‘Let America Be America Again’ – Langston Hughes

January 29, 2018

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).


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