Office for Equity and Diversity

Paula Smith

Interim Associate VP for Equity & Diversity

Park 120
801-585-7926
paula.smith@utah.edu

Tawanda Owens

Executive Director for Diverse Student Advocacy

Sill Center 126
801-213-1229
tawanda.owens@utah.edu

Samantha Eldridge

Administrative Assistant to Dr. Owens

Samantha (she/her) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science through researching the historical and institutional structures creating inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities. Samantha is a past recipient of the U's Equity and Diversity Award and is passionate about serving as an advocate for her community to create and increase equitable access and opportunities.

AIRC
801-581-7019
samantha.eldridge@utah.edu

Creative Marketing & Development

Feleti Matagi

Director of Development

Feleti (he/him) loves meeting new people from different backgrounds and life experiences, which is why he’s a huge YouTube and movie enthusiast. Stop by to geek-out on Malcolm Reed cooking videos or his favorite movie genre: sci-fi!

Park 120
801-581-5640
f.matagi@utah.edu

Kaya Aman

Web & Brand Manager

Kaya (no pronoun preference) is a brilliant designer with a ridiculously sweet personality. Add in that she's also learning all about the web world, and pretty soon she will be totally unstoppable! With her talents, I wouldn't be surprised if a madman in a blue box recruited her to help him save the world... again.

Park 120
801-581-4250
kaya.aman@utah.edu

Emily Pantoja

Graphic Designer

Emily’s (she/her) most cherished pastime and deepest love are video games. Her dream job is to become a video game concept artist, and she could go on for hours celebrating truly revolutionary concepts in the industry. When she’s not dissecting plots and critiquing gameplay, Emily enjoys singing and playing her ukulele as often as she can!

Park 120
801-581-4250
emily.pantoja@utah.edu

American Indian Resource Center (AIRC)

Franci Taylor (Choctaw)

Director of the American Indian Resource Center

As a mother of two, grandmother of five, and auntie to many, Franci (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!

AIRC
801-581-7019
franci.taylor@utah.edu

Lori Begaye

Student Staff

AIRC
801-581-7019
lorijobegaye45@gmail.com

Samantha Eldridge

Support Staff

Samantha (she/her) is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Political Science through researching the historical and institutional structures creating inequitable policies, practices and barriers that impede the success of Native American communities. Samantha is a past recipient of the U's Equity and Diversity Award and is passionate about serving as an advocate for her community to create and increase equitable access and opportunities.

AIRC
801-581-7019
samantha.eldridge@utah.edu

Black Cultural Center (BCC)

Meligha Garfield

Director 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!

Bldg 603
801-213-1441
Meligha.Garfield@utah.edu

JaTara Smith

BCC & AADSI Coordinator

JaTara's (she/her) life-goal is to own a non-profit aimed at secondary education and job placement. She is well on her way by currently working on her Masters in Public Administration and helping out our administrative team! In her free time, JaTara enjoys reading and riding her horse.

Bldg 603
801-213-1441
jatara.smith@utah.edu

Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA)

Tricia Sugiyama

Director of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs

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.

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

Paul Fisk

Transfer Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Paul

Our very own Super Saiyan advises current and potential transfer students from SLCC, Snow College, and the U. [Power-up Intensifies] On top of that, Paul (he/him) co-advises the transfer honor society, Tau Sigma, and AASA and assists in events, workshops, and classes related to transfer students throughout the year! [Power-up level and number of transfer students grow] It’s over 9,000!

Union 235
801-581-3328
paul.fisk@utah.edu

David (Tevita) Kinikini

Family Support Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
David (Tevita)

“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.

Union 235
801-581-8151
d.kinikini@utah.edu

Rudy Medina

First Year Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Rudy

Rudy (he/him) is a Warriors and Raiders fan who likes to hike and read. While head of the Diversity Scholars Program, he also finds time to advise M.E.Ch.A. and work with student leaders.

Union 235
801-585-1538
rudy.medina@utah.edu

Anthony Shirley

Scholarship & Financial Resources Coordinator
Meet with
Anthony

Anthony (no pronoun preference) can do and loves everything. Really. From operating as the outreach representative, taking adventures (boating, four-wheeling, hiking, etc.), teaching Navajo language and culture, adding to his 100+ Barbie doll collection (film editions only, of course!), co-advising the ITSA, tending his salsa and mint garden, and advising students like you. Aren’t you lucky?!

Union 235
801-585-6458
a.shirley@utah.edu

Giulia Soto

Second Year Program Coordinator & Advisor
Meet with
Giulia

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.

Union 235
801-581-8151
giulia.soto@utah.edu

Martha Hernandez

Outreach 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.

Union 235
801-581-4378
martha.hernandez@utah.edu

Kadija Mohamed

Administrative Assistant

Kadija's (she/her) in charge of keeping CESA's operations running smoothly and efficiently. She loves to travel and has already been around the world and back. If you have any questions regarding CESA (or travel), she's your go-to person! Kadija dreams of owning her own business, and with the experience she's gaining here, she'll be the next entrepreneur to watch!

Union 235
801-581-8142
K.Mohamed@utah.edu

Jimoh George Jr.

Office Assistant

Jimoh George Jr (he/him) is always playing music; you will never see him in CESA without something playing in the background — or in his ear. In addition to music, Jimoh is passionate about sports, which is why he’s majoring in sport management (with a minor in marketing)! If you want to talk ball, listen to some trap, or have a good laugh, visit Jimoh!

Union 235
801-581-8151
u1183111@utah.edu

LGBT Resource Center

Clare Lemke

Director 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973

Bree Peacock

Executive 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973
BPeacock@sa.utah.edu

Moani Tuitupou

Student 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.

Union 409
801-587-7973
MTuitupou@sa.utah.edu

Comstock

Student Staff

Comstock (she/her) is an art student studying ceramics. She pursues means of integrating the queer experience into visual artwork as part of a dedication to social justice, intersectionality, and radical means of expression. She is a believer in the power of community and transformative praxis. In her spare time, Comstock enjoys poetry, museums, and hiking.

Union 409
801-587-7973
ecomstock@sa.utah.edu