Students will participate in monthly skill-building sessions, develop strategic programming/projects, and represent the Black Cultural Center through the Fall and Spring semesters — culminating with a closing ceremony and presentation of their program proposals. Learn more from our director of marketing and communications and the director of the Black Cultural Center!
Pamela Bishop: Hello, everyone. I’m Pamela Bishop, and I am the director of marketing and communications with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at the University of Utah. And today, I have the pleasure of speaking with Meligha Garfield who is the director of the Black Cultural Center here at the University of Utah.
We’re going to talk a little about a new program that’s just being launched this year at the university, and it’s called Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S. Meligha, tell me a little bit about Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S. What is it?
Meligha Garfield: Yes, Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S. (Students United to Create Cultural and Educational Success Stories) is a program powered by the George Floyd Memorial Fund, which was established this last year in 2020.
This program is essentially a competitive, application-based program with a focus on nurturing future leaders in empowering effective problem-solving skills at the University of Utah and in the greater Salt Lake area.
Thhis program, essentially, is for students to identify the key components of program development and leadership framework, communicate effectively through written reports and oral presentations, and demonstrate understanding of basic professional and ethical responsibilities of leadership, and then utilize these skills and techniques to, basically, shift the conversation of why there are not any Black leaders today or big prominent Black leaders beyond MLK or things in the past.
And so, this program really is an excellent program to kind of shape just the future of Black leadership here at the University of Utah.
Pamela Bishop: Awesome, it sounds like a great opportunity. So if someone’s interested, how can they learn more and who’s eligible for it — who can apply for this?
Meligha Garfield: Yes, so they can learn more about the program itself on our website. If you go to diversity.utah.edu/bcc, and then on our page you scroll down to “programs.” It should say “Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S.” on there, and you can click on it to get more details.
As far as those who can apply, you just have to be a sophomore, junior, or a senior — and you can be a rising sophomore, junior, or senior basically going into the Fall — as well as a graduate student. So that means a master’s student or a doctoral student can apply as well.
Pamela Bishop: Awesome. Awesome. Well, I know this program is starting this fall and that you’re actually just beginning the application phase. What is the application date for it?
Meligha Garfield: Yes, the application date is Friday July 16, so for anyone that’s applying to this program, you have a little over a month to kind of apply. We encourage you all to apply; it is a good program!
You’ll get stipends working in the BCC. You’ll be developing a program, a project proposal as well as various other things and getting skill-building sessions. So we encourage you, please, to apply before the deadline date of July 16.
Pamela Bishop: Thank you, and this is just the beginning of the programs that we’re going to see that are funded by the George Floyd Memorial Fund. When you donate to the George Floyd Memorial Fund, it is going to develop programs like Operation S.U.C.C.E.S.S.
So, thank you Meligha, for today, and once again if you have any questions or need additional information visit the BCC’s website at diversity.utah.edu/bcc.
We appreciate the generosity of so many who supported the George Floyd Memorial Fund this past year and provided this outstanding opportunity for Black student leaders at the University of Utah. We honor their commitment to racial and social justice.
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