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Bldg 622 | 801-581-7392 | Mon - Thu @ 9 AM - 4 PM
American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)
The AIRC is a “home-away-from-home" for American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/NA) at the University of Utah that works to increase AI/NA student success through, advocacy, culturally sensitive academic student-centered programming, cultural events, outreach and social events that enhance academic, cultural and personal growth and wellbeing.
Franci TaylorDirector of the American Indian Resource Center
As a mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, Franci (Choctaw, 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!
Bldg 603 | 801-213-1441 | Mon - Fri @ 9 AM - 5 PM
Black Cultural Center (BCC)
Using a pan-African lens, the Black Cultural Center seeks to counteract persistent campus-wide and global anti-blackness. The Black Cultural Center works to holistically enrich, educate, and advocate for students, faculty, and staff through Black centered programming, promotion of equity and justice initiatives, culturally affirming educational initiatives, and retention strategies.
Meligha GarfieldDirector 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!
This could be you!Administrative Program Coordinator
Union 235 | 801-581-8151 | Mon - Fri @ 10 AM - 3 PM
Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)
CESA is a vibrant student center that works to support students academically, personally, socially, and culturally. The center is committed to providing programming that assists students in navigating cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers in order to achieve academic excellence and develop socially responsible individuals who advocate and dialogue for equity and social justice.
Tricia SugiyamaDirector, CESA
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.
This could be you!Associate Director, CESA
The Assistant Director for the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA), is responsible for recognizing and coordinating all efforts to define, understand, assess, foster, and cultivate diversity and inclusion throughout the U. This position will develop and oversee programs, services, and initiatives designed to enhance the retention and graduation of students from diverse and under-represented population groups.
David (Tevita) KinikiniRetention Programs Coordinator & Advisor
“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.
Giulia SotoSecond Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
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.
Martha HernandezOutreach 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.
Diana ChacónM.E.Ch.A. Advisor
As the M.E.Ch.A. advisor, Diana (she/her/ella) is committed to the leadership development of students and to provide a place for connection and advocacy. She is dedicated to student support, success, and guidance. Diana thrives in community, enjoys reading, loves southern home cooking, and appreciates Tarahumara art. Her outlook was informed by her experiences living in Carhichi, Mexico and Memphis,Tennessee.
Anna NguyenAsian American Student Association Advisor
Anna Nguyen (she/her) is heavily involved in Salt Lake's Asian American communities and advocates for the social, political, and economic well-being of all APIs in the state. When she's not out volunteering, you can find her supporting Asian-owned restaurants #foodie, (struggling with) hiking, or bundled up binge-watching Netflix, anime, k-drama, and Hayao Miyazaki.
This could be you!Inter-Tribal Student Association Advisor
We're looking for a new Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA) advisor to assist students in identifying direction, engaging with high-impact activities/services, and accomplishing goals. ITSA is the primary American Indian student group and strives to promote greater unity, further academic achievements, and strengthen cultural roots.
This could be you!Pacific Islander Student Association Advisor
We're looking for a new Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) advisor to assist students in identifying direction, engaging with high-impact activities/services, and accomplishing goals. PISA provides a space for its members to articulate their experiences and share their individual cultures with each other, the larger university, and community populations.
This could be you!Men of Color Together GA
The "Men of Color Together" graduate assistant (GA) supports the development and engagement of undergraduate male-identifying students to academically succeed, challenge existing narratives, and explore their identities. This GA position will be expected to work 20 hours per week during the 2021- 2022 school year.
This could be you!Black Student Union Advisor
The Black Student Union (BSU) advisor works to assist students in identifying direction, engaging with high impact activities/services, and accomplishing goals. This role is committed to supporting the student leadership of BSU, fostering an environment for open dialogue and academic success, and advocating for BSU members as a knowledgeable resource on campus offerings
Union 60 | 801-213-3697 | Wed @ 9 AM - 4 PM
The Dream Center works holistically with undocumented students and mixed-status families from college access to graduation. They engage in specialized college outreach and access strategies, promote campus-wide advocacy and trainings, and increase community-wide awareness of policies affecting and provide individualized advising and scholarship support for current and future U of U undocumented students.
Xris MaciasDirector of the Dream Center
Xris (he/him) is fluent in Espanol and Portugues and enjoys listening to all kinds of music, playing the ukulele, training Capoeira, riding bikes, cruising his Lowrider on the weekends, and spending time with his wife and two sons.
Kamarie Acurus NicadoAdministrative Officer
Kamarie or 'Kay' (she/her) is both a fitness and foodie extraordinaire. When she's not competing in various fitness expos throughout Utah, you can find her organizing and performing traditional Filipino folk dances with several Filipino community organizations. She also loves to explore the local food scene to support and highlight ethnic-owned businesses on her social media (Insta famous).
Thaiss Del RioAdvising Assistant
Thaiss' (she/her) biggest strength is her empathy; she has a golden personality and can make anyone feel seen and heard in a crowded room. She is currently a student double majoring in Sociology and Political Science with a minor in Ethnic Studies and envisions herself pursuing a career in public policy in an effort to make the world a more equitable and just place for all.
Sujey RodriguezGraduate Assistant
Luisa, Sujey, or Su (she/her) is an avid traveler and festival go-er -- she’s gone to Coachella three times (she saw Beyonce one year so WINNING) and Wifey to a local musician, you can always find Su attending the most epic concerts (pre-COVID) and jamming out to the smoothest beats. Sujey prides herself on being a first-generation DACA recipient scholar and hopes to make an impact in her community through her work.
Gustavo da SilvaGraduate Student Leader
Gustavo, aka “Guga,” (he/him) is the actual definition of a “90s kid” loving everything from the original Ninja Turtles to the Nintendo 64. Aside from being a huge nerd, he is a true hip-hop head, a sports fan, and loves riding his bike…that one time. Guga is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
This could be you!Administrative Program Coordinator
This position will assist the Dream Center with a variety of services and program operations. Alongside the director, the administrative coordinator will assess the needs of students, develop reports, and aid the overall operation of the center.
Union 409 | 801-587-7973 | Tue - Thu @ 8 AM - 5 PM
LGBT Resource Center
The LGBT Resource Center provides support, advocacy, and LGBTQIA+ community building for students, as well as educational workshops and opportunities to celebrate LGBTQIA+ cultures for the entire campus. We host many community events, coordinate leadership programs, offer scholarships and emergency funds, and meet with students to support their success.
Clare LemkeDirector 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.
Shelby HearnCoordinator of Education & Outreach
Shelby (she/her/they/them) is from Chicago where they got their M.Ed from Loyola University Chicago. She is a lifelong activist and advocate for social justice causes, particularly around LGBTQIA+ education. Shelby is also a cat parent, avid gamer, home cook, and is already in love with Utah pastime pickleball.
Bree PeacockExecutive 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.
Moani TuitupouStudent Staff
Moani (they/their) is a third-year undergraduate student studying Applied Mathematics. They love hanging out with their two dogs, learning new songs on the ukulele, playing sports, and adventuring out into the world. They want 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.
Kate LunnenGay-la Intern
Kate (she/her) is a third-year student studying English and pursuing her teaching license. She plans to become a high school teacher and use her passion to connect with others and help them gain personal and academic confidence. Kate enjoys exploring the outdoors while hiking or rock climbing and watching movies with her friends and family.
This could be you!Graduate Assistant
The primary role of the Graduate Assistant for the LGBT Resource Center is to support the department's student community building and leadership development initiatives. The Graduate Assistant will gain practical, hands-on experience working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, questions, intersex, asexual students and collaborating with diverse student populations in intersectional ways.
This could be you!QTSOC Community Development Specialist
The Queer and Trans Students of Color Community Development Specialist is a new position which will lead in coordinating community-building programs for queer and trans students of color (QTSOC). This position will create affinity spaces—both in-person and online—for QTSOC at the university to meet each other, form community, and get connected to a greater network of mentors and leaders at the university or in the broader community.
This could be you!Work-Study Student Staff
The Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Resource Center (LGBT RC) is seeking a student who is highly motivated and enthusiastic about LGBTQIA+ issues on campus. As a work-study position, this student staff will assist with LGBT RC education initiatives, developing educational social media content, and assisting in planning and facilitation of educational programming.