CDI Beacon Position Opening, Scholarships, and More!
Newsletter 22: March 15, 2021
Utah Rent Assistance Program
Need help paying for rent? Utah's new rent assistance program is here to help!
If you're facing housing instability because of the pandemic, you can apply for rent assistance through a new online portal starting March 15. This new application will centralize the rent assistance process for the whole state. Previously, local community action program agencies administered rent assistance. As of Monday, these area rent assistance applications are unavailable to allow the state time to transition to the new program.
Eligibility requirements for rent assistance include having a combined household income at or below 80% of area median income, qualifying for unemployment or otherwise experiencing significant financial difficulties because of the pandemic, and experiencing housing instability. Expenses eligible to be covered by rent assistance include current rent, three months of prospective rent, past-due rent, some fees, security deposit, utilities and internet service.
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is dedicated to creating an inclusive campus environment in which diversity is explored and celebrated. The center exists to validate the multiple identities present on our campus, while integrating the voices and experiences of minoritized people. The CDI strives to empower students from historically underrepresented communities including students of color, LGBTQIA+, first-generation college students, and undocumented students (among others) by providing community; personal guidance; and financial, emotional, and academic support. We believe all students can be successful and as a team, and work to create an environment where students are supported on their path toward a college degree.
In carrying out this mission, the CDI is hiring a select team of high-achieving, passionate, and outgoing student leaders to act as Beacons, the CDI’s official ambassador team. The ideal candidate will possess the following minimum requirements:
Be a Southern Utah University (SUU) student
Have a minimum Cumulative GPA of 3.0 to be hired and maintain a 3.0+ GPA each semester while you are employed by the CDI
Have completed at least one semester at SUU
Be available to work 10-20 hours per week September 2021 - December 2021 & January 2022 - April 2022 (except breaks and holidays)
Must have flexible hours and will be expected to work anywhere from 10-20 hours a week. (Having large commitments to other jobs, clubs, or organizations that exceed 10 hours per week will conflict with your ability to succeed as a CDI student leader. If you believe these commitments will hinder your ability to commit to having flexible hours, this may not be the job for you.)
Available to work evenings and weekends on which CDI events are scheduled.
Available to attend weekly CDI staff meetings.
Ability to travel occasionally for CDI purposes. (The university will cover the costs of transportation.)
Attend required staff retreats and socials. Attendance is critical for professional development, leadership training, and sense of camaraderie.
Ample notice will be given to make necessary accommodations.
For more information and to apply, please check out the posting on your SUU portal in T-Bird Campus Jobs. Applications close on Friday, March 26.
Ireland Study Abroad Opportunity
If you're interested in studying abroad in Ireland, the Education in Ireland Program is offering an Inclusive Ireland Scholarship to students studying abroad at one of our partner universities in Ireland, such as:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, students must meet the following criteria:
Be currently enrolled as an undergraduate student at a college or university in the United States
Identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour)
Intend to study abroad at one of the participating colleges or universities in Ireland during the Fall 2021 term (see list below)
Have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above
Interested students can find more information and apply for the scholarship through here! Applications are open until April 1st.
Gila Cliff Dwellings Summer Internship
The Conservation Corps of New Mexico (CCNM) is dedicated to connecting young indigenous adults to culturally significant sites. This summer, they're offering a paid internship for students interested in being part of a residential crew based experience in the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument area.
The crew will be in charge of trail work, facilities, and cultural resources. Housing will be provided, and a $330 per week stipend will be given to those participating.
To be eligible for this opportunity, students must:
Be tribal affiliated
Be between the ages of 18 and 25
Have a GED or HS Diploma
Pass a Criminal History Check
This experience will last from April 2021 to October 2021. If you're interested in signing up, click here! For more information, or for any questions, please contact Danielle Wess (email@example.com).
Indian Training Education Center Funding Opportunity
The Indian Training Education Center (ITEC) is a federally funded WIOA program serving Native Americans, Alaska Natives and Hawaiian Natives living in Utah. ITEC serves students in High School/GED, College or other training programs.
ITEC provides a monthly stipend to students based on grades, attendance and total hours/credits. It is about $400/mo for a fulltime/12cr student. ITEC can also provide assistance with books, fees, transportation and other school related expenses. To qualify for services students must be low income, have proof of their descent, live in Utah, and be able to complete what they are working on within approximately 9 months or two semesters.
The Indian Training Education Center is fully operating and continuing to offer funding to current students, and are taking new students who will be graduating Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021. For more information please feel free to contact the ITEC office or MarJean Elder at 801-973-6484.
Free CDI Tutor One of our students, Hamza Samha has volunteered to offer free tutoring to CDI students. It looks like no one has taken him up on his offer. If you or anyone you know is struggling or just want to improve with the following subjects:
Math: 950, 970, 1010, 1050, 1060, 1210
Chemistry: 1010, 1015, 1110, 1115, 1210, 1220
Please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.A.P.E.X.: Donovan Livingston Donovan Livingston is a passionate speaker, encouraging students, educators, and communities to realize their potential to change the shape of education, and to "lift off." You may have heard of him through his viral convocation speech to the Harvard Graduate School of Education. To experience his prowess with words first hand, visit the Hunter Conference Center on Thursday, March 25th from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.LGBTQ+ Support Group Join SUU CAPS every Thursday at 3 PM for an LGBTQ+ support group and discuss pertinent issues to the community, such as coming out to your parents, discrimination, advocate burn out, and etc. This support group is welcome to anyone looking for support and safety. For more information and to join via Zoom, click here!Pride Alliance Masks Join the Pride Alliance in supporting our LGBTQIA+ campus community by purchasing and wearing your rainbow mask with pride. Half of the proceeds will be donated to the Allies Scholarship fund, and the other half will help Pride Alliance host trainings and events for supporting and creating safe spaces for our LGBTQIA+ students. If you're interested in purchasing a mask, click here!
African Union Club Every other Friday, 5 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Asian American Student Alliance Every other Monday, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Black Student Union Wednesdays, 6:30 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Latinx Student Alliance Wednesdays, 5:00 PM at the CDI (St 102)
Middle East Club Fridays, 4:30 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Native American Student Association Tuesdays, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Polynesian Club Every First Monday, 5 PM at the CDI (ST 102)Pride and Equality Club Thursdays, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 102)UndocuMigrant Alliance Thursdays, 7 PM at the CDI (ST 102)
African Union Club (AUC) Club President:Anthony Musimbi Contact: email@example.com Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.cAsian American Student Alliance (AASA) Club President: David Nguyen Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: IG @suu_aasaBlack Student Union (BSU)
Club President: Hunter Cordova Contact:email@example.com Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa
Middle East Club (MEC)
Club President: Abdulelah (Abdul) Fakhrani Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: Middle East SUU Facebook, IG/Twitter @middleeastsuu
Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Mahala Sutherland Contact:email@example.com Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suuPolynesian Club Club President: Victor Ledua Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly
Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Club President: Victor Carvajal-Lopez Contact:email@example.com Social Media: PAEC Facebook, IG @suu_paec
UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Erick Peña Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media: IG @uma_suu
OUR MISSION The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) exists to validate the multiple identities present on our campus, while integrating the voices and experiences of marginalized people. We provide emotional, social, and financial support to students from historically underrepresented communities (e.g. students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, first-generation college students, etc.)
The CDI collaborates with campus partners to foster a learning environment that respects multiple perspectives and differences through multicultural clubs, workshops, trainings and cultural programming. The CDI invites members of the campus community to join in conversation about how to cultivate an inclusive, safe, and welcoming campus culture.
CONTACT US Sharwan Smith Student Center, Room 101 and 102 email@example.com
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