The Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) is operating at limited capacity on Monday through Friday at 10 am - 3 pm with virtual hours at 9 am - 5 pm. Outside of these times, the CESA's staff and advisors are available remotely and can be contacted through their information below.

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

Alumni Communities

The Office of Alumni Relations is dedicated to maintaining a strong sense of community post-graduation through alumni clubs and communities. We strive to foster an engaged environment for all alumni. Join an existing club or community or consider starting a new one! Help make a difference in a student’s life by providing mentorship, resources, or other community support.

Asian American Student Association (AASA)

The mission of the Asian American Student Association is to unite students with an interest in Asian American issues through social, educational, cultural, and political events; to negotiate with the academic administration to provide course designed to develop an understanding of the situation of Asian Americas in America’s society; to create a social atmosphere that will generate cohesiveness among members of the Association; to maintain and provide an organization with high standards to fulfill the above purpose and to represent the needs of its members. The Association shall be an advocate for all Asian Americans within the state and will strive for equality in the areas of employment, housing, education, and all other social and economical areas of the community.

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

Crimson Transfer Honor Society strives to recognize the academic excellence attained by transfer students during their first semester at the University of Utah. Eligibility is determined by both your first semester GPA and attendance of Transfer Tuesdays events during your first semester. It is a transfer student honor society that is not a fraternity or sorority.

Inter-Tribal Student Association (ITSA)

“We Native American students at the University of Utah, in order to promote greater unity and understanding among ourselves, and the community; to further our own academic achievements; and to strengthen our unique cultural roots, do hereby organize ourselves as the Inter-Tribal Student Association” ITSA is the primary American Indian Student Group. Along with weekly meeting they sponsor the American Indian High School Conference and the Annual Honoring Our Traditions Pow Wow. If you would like more information about meetings and how to become involved please contact the ITSA officers using the email link above.

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 Islander Student Association (PISA)

The Pacific Islander Student Association (PISA) is an organization created for Pacific Islander and underrepresented students to aid in the enhancement of their academic, mental, personal, and social progression. PISA seeks to provide a space for its members to articulate their experiences and share their individual cultures with each other and the larger university and community populations. Which in turn, will serve as an avenue to promote and establish cultural solidarity, diversity, tolerance, and respect. PISA believes that advocating and focusing on the empowerment of students will become the catalyst for building future leaders in our respective communities.

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.

Transfer Scholars

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.

Our Team

Tricia Sugiyama

Director, CESA
Union 235
801-587-9568
t.sugiyama@utah.edu

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Associate Director, CESA
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David (Tevita) Kinikini

Retention Programs Coordinator & Advisor
Union 235
801-581-8151
d.kinikini@utah.edu

Giulia Soto

Second Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
Union 235
801-581-8151
giulia.soto@utah.edu

Martha Hernandez

Outreach Program Coordinator & Advisor
Union 235
801-581-4378
martha.hernandez@utah.edu

Diana Chacón

M.E.Ch.A. Advisor
Union 235
801-581-8151
diana.chacon@utah.edu

Anna Nguyen

Asian American Student Association Advisor
Union 235
801-581-8151
anna.nguyen@utah.edu

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Inter-Tribal Student Association Advisor
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Pacific Islander Student Association Advisor
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Men of Color Together GA
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Black Student Union Advisor
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Center for Ethnic Student Affairs

The Center for Ethnic Student Affairs is committed to providing programming that assists students in navigating cultural, economic, social, and institutional barriers in order to achieve academic excellence and develop advocacy skills.