2045 is set to bring a huge demographic shift for the United States. By the time today’s teenagers hit their 30s, there will be more people of color than people who identify as White, more old people than children, and more people practicing Islam than Judaism. The effect of this demographic shift is already appearing now, but how are we as a country preparing for a more diverse future of America? In 2045, we are striving for a beloved community, a community that is not a lofty utopian goal but realistic, achievable, and mutual. What are we doing today to shape and make room for a more diverse and beloved community tomorrow?
Pizza will be distributed to attendees at the end of the event. Please plan to arrive at the venue promptly as the venue’s capacity is 50. Per university guidelines, masks are required at all events. If you are not able to attend in person, you may join virtually through the live stream on the Reframing the Conversation webpage.
Jordan recently graduated from Weber State University with a degree in health promotion and education. He now is an MD candidate in the class of 2024, where he acts as a co-president of the psychiatry student interest group and member of the White Coats for Black Lives organization. Jordan also serves proudly as the treasurer of the first-ever SNMA – Utah chapter in the University of Utah’s history while holding a seat on the professionalism and diversity committee for the class of 2024. He enjoys spending his spare time mentoring inner city and underprivileged youth in the Salt Lake metro area, attending and supporting the Black Physicians of Utah organization, and spending time with friends and family.
Natalie Gochnour serves as an associate dean in the David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah, and as director of the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. She served in the administrations of three Utah governors – Bangerter, Leavitt and Walker – and was a political appointee in the George W. Bush administration. She authors regular columns in Utah Business magazine and the Deseret News and co-hosts the weekly radio program Both Sides of the Aisle on KCPW.
James Jackson, III serves as the Supplier Diversity Program Manager as Zions Bancorporation, where he is responsible for building relationships with capable diverse suppliers who can provide goods and services across the enterprise. Mr. Jackson has worked in various areas of the financial industry for almost 20 years, and found his passion serving and building his community. In conjunction with his role at the bank, Mr. Jackson serves on several boards of directors, and is the founder of the Utah Black Chamber. Since its inception in 2009, the Chamber has grown to not only serve black-owned small businesses in Utah but has become the premier organization connecting and engaging Utah’s Black community and building bridges for inclusion.
Olivia is a Strategic Leadership Consultant and a Diversity Equity and Inclusion Specialist. She is currently Director for Public Outreach at Equality Utah. She was born and raised in Mexico. She’s a retired United States Air Force Veteran, where she served on tours to Iraq, Europe, and humanitarian missions into Africa. In 2016 she was one of the first individuals nationwide to legally change her name and gender marker while still serving on Active Duty. She has worked in furthering DEI efforts for several companies and Organizations including the YMCA, Qualtrics, Dominion Energy, EDC Utah, and Adobe. She is a member of the YWCA’s Public Policy Committee, and was a political candidate in 2020. She currently lives in Salt Lake City with her son Oliver.
Claudia Loayza is passionate about the intersections of opportunity, place, and justice. City planning became her conduit for this drive, and she believes that the state of a community depends on how accessible it is for people to work, play, navigate, and thrive in their environments, especially for historically marginalized groups. She is a second-year master’s student in the University of Utah’s City and Metropolitan Planning program to better address disparities in city planning, community engagement, and access to critical services from a systemic approach. In her role as Communications & Community Engagement Coordinator with the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs, she advances opportunities for underrepresented groups at the state level and encourages trust-building and collaboration with communities to address localized concerns through policy impact, youth empowerment, equity-centered communications, and EDIA capacity-building for organizations.
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion strives to contribute to an ecosystem of learning by hosting annual and monthly events aiming to educate all its participants on varying aspects of experience and identity. Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety.
While continuing to identify and remove barriers and bias incidents targeting our campus community, persistent strides towards an institution where every member is given the opportunity to be educated on equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts will remain at the forefront of our work.
This event is part of MLK Week (January 15 – 21, 2022).
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Week (MLK Week) is a platform to engage students, faculty, staff, trainees, and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke of the “beloved community” as a nonviolent, just society where love and trust triumph over fear and hatred. In a year that has been filled with division, the 2022 MLK Week planning committee chose “Becoming the Beloved Community” as this year’s theme so we may explore ways to bridge the divide and work together to become the beloved community. Events and conversations throughout the week will honor Dr. King’s vision, offer direction, and challenge us to determine a better way forward.