- May 11 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm MDT
The Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) provides support to students of color and promotes an environment of acceptance that honors all forms of diversity. Our center is committed to providing programming that assists students in navigating cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers in order to achieve academic excellence. To ensure the success of our students, we provide resources and academic advising in admissions, registration, financial aid/scholarships, student involvement, and leadership opportunities.
Groups & Associations
Asian American Student Association (AASA)
Black Student Union (BSU)
The Mission of BSU is to foster a sense of community among all students of the African Diaspora at the University of Utah. Our goal is to simulate the intellectual, political, cultural, and social growth of all Utah students. We seek to educate ourselves and the larger Utah community, in hopes that awareness will spark action and ignite change in our communities. In addition, the Black Student Union shall serve as a resource to all other groups on campus, no matter sex, creed, age, and sexual identity.
Crimson Transfer Honor Society
Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.)
Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlan is a national organization formed in 1969 on the heels of the civil rights movement, the University of Utah chapter formed in 1993. M.E.Ch.A. is committed to social justice through education, community action, and political organizing. Annual events include celebrating The Day of Dead, Annual Youth Leadership High School Conference, and Chicanx Latinx Awareness Week. MEChA is a training ground for leadership. Through participating and coordinating MEChA events, one can gain invaluable leadership skills. MEChistAs also have the privilege of helping fellow students and their community in addition to finding a sense of identity and self-empowerment. It is a learning and fulfilling experience that helps develop a political consciousness and provides a sense of familia.
Pacific Islanders Student Association (PISA)
Queer & Trans Students of Color (QTSOC)
SOMOS Dreamers is an organization who focuses on empowering and advocating for undocumented students through scholarships, workshops & community engagement.
SOMOS Dreamers es una organización que se enfoca en empedrar y abogar por los estudiantes indocumentados por el medio de becas, tallares, y participación en la comunidad.
Vietnamese American Student Association
As a group, we would like to promote our Vietnamese culture and traditions to others as well as preserve them for future generation Vietnamese Americans. By doing this, we hope to bridge the gap between the generation of Vietnamese immigrants and Vietnamese Americans.
Programs & Events
First Year Diversity Scholars
The First Year Diversity Scholars Program supports students through a personalized campus orientation, regular interactions with faculty and staff of color, academic advising, multiple mentoring relationships, and off-campus community engagement opportunities. Most notably, the program is implemented as a cohort model that includes traditional admitted students, sponsored students, and scholarship students.
Second Year Experience
The Second Year Experience Program supports students by reflecting on their first-year experience and conducting a deeper self-exploration of their identity, values, and life goals. Students will develop a graduation life plan through engaging in workshops, cohort meetings, and networking opportunities with graduate and alumni from historically underrepresented backgrounds. The program helps students in selecting a major, preparing for a career path, and developing their ideal future self.
Leaders of Resilience, Diversity and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars
The Leaders of Resilience, Diversity and Excellence (LORDE) Scholars Program is named after the great author, scholar of color, and activist for social justice and LGBTQ rights – Audre Lorde. The program connects students to resources and opportunities across campus while building students up to be successful academically and allows students to increase their leadership development, be mentored, and have space to have critical dialogues about things that matter to people from historically underrepresented backgrounds and identities.
Our Transfer Scholars Program’s goal is to help with successfully transferring to and navigating the U of U. We provide services, resources, and community to help accomplish your goals and further your education.
High School Conferences
Our annual High School Conferences are great ways to come meet our staff and learn more about our programs.
Director of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs
Transfer Coordinator & Advisor
David (Tevita) Kinikini
Retention Programs Coordinator & Advisor
Scholarship & Financial Resources Coordinator
Second Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
Outreach Program Coordinator & Advisor
Black Student Union Advisor
Asian American Student Association Advisor
Transfer Program Graduate Assistant
First Year Experience Graduate Assistant
Engagement & Retention Graduate Assistant
SYE Peer Mentor
Transfer Program Peer Mentor
SYE Peer Mentor
SYE Peer Mentor
Alumni Relations Intern