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Reframing the Conversation: Good Trouble & the Redline

January 20, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:00 pm MST

The divisions of modern U.S. cities and de-facto segregation did not arise by accident. Real estate practices, federal loan programs, and even local ordinances combined help reinforce a process known as “redlining.” Redlining, as well as forced migration, and pervasive environmental racism have all contributed to divisions and current polices in our major cities that have left marginalized communities disenfranchised. Join our panelists as they examine what enabled these policies to shape our communities and what can be done to combat their effects.

Reframing the Conversation brings together experts from across campus and the community to spark important conversations around racism, othering, and safety. With these conversations, we are striving to counteract the growing culture of othering with a culture of belonging.

While we continue 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.

Registration is required to attend.


Jennifer Mayer-Glen

Jennifer Mayer-Glenn

Jenny is excited to be the new Director of UNP where she gets to support UNP Staff with their important work. She served as the Director of Family-School Collaboration at the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) working to build authentic family-school and community partnerships focusing on the varied needs, hopes and dreams of underserved communities in SLC. She was an administrator at Glendale Middle School, Mountain View Elementary and Community Learning Center. She also served as the Alternative Language Services Coordinator and language and culture coach (for teachers) for the SLCSD. Prior to that she was an ESL and Special Education teacher.

When Jenny isn’t working toward social justice in an educational setting, she is doing community advocacy work with the Utah Coalition of La Raza (UCLR) and working to increase the number of Latinx teachers and administrators with the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents-Utah (ALAS-U). Jenny earned a fellowship with the National Institute of Latino School Leaders from 2013-2015. She was invited to participate in the Harvard Business School Young American Leaders Program in 2016. She also served as the Chair and member of the Salt Lake City Human Rights Commission for 6 years during which time the commission won awards from Equality Utah and the ACLU of Utah.


Ciriac Alvarez Valle

Ciriac Alvarez Valle

Ciriac Alvarez Valle is passionate about bridging policy & grassroots efforts to build a better world, especially for children of color. Her work as a grassroots community organizer and her faith continues to inspire and inform how she sees the world. Ciriac is currently a Policy Analyst at Voices for Utah Children and her policy work is focused on children’s health coverage, community health workers, immigrant rights, and juvenile justice.

She graduated with a B.S. in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Utah in 2017. She was born in Cuernavaca Morelos, Mexico but have called Salt Lake City home for almost twenty years

Ashley Cleveland

Ashley Cleveland

Ashley Cleveland is ecologist turned city planner. As a millennial of color and new mom, she has always cared about equity and what the means for the places we live. She thinks representation is key in so many important workings of our everyday life. She serves on the board of directors for CurlyMe! a nonprofit serving Black girls and their families. She is on the board of trustees for Tracy Aviary, a Governor’s Outdoor Recreation Advisory Board member, Utah’s only Outdoor Afro Leader, and she manages the Promise Program in Utah’s youngest city- Millcreek.

Fatima Dirie

Fatima Dirie

Fatima Dirie is the senior policy advisor on refugees and new Americans. She was born in Barawa, Somalia, and raised in Kenya and Utah. She received a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Utah. Fatima is passionate about advocating for human rights and social justice issues, empowering women and youth to be leaders, and educating people on refugee populations.

Franci Taylor

Franci Taylor

Franci Taylor (Choctaw, she/her) is the director of the University of Utah’s American Indian Resource Center (AIRC) where she leads the Center’s mission to advocate for American Indian and Alaskan Native (AI/AN) students and serve as a vital link between them, the U and the larger community. As a mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, Franci 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.

At the University of Utah, we celebrate the educational access and opportunities that Dr. King’s legacy has provided in the United States. Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Week (MLK Week) has become a platform to engage students, faculty, staff and community members in critical conversations around contemporary Civil Rights issues and race in America.

This year’s theme is “Good Trouble,” a term often associated with former United States Representative John Lewis.


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