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Newsletter 3: September 28st, 2020

SUWA's Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest

The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is holding their Autumn 2020 Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest for BIPOC students in all areas of study. Students are invited to write a 750-1250 word essay on the topic of "land stewardship" or "trust in the more-than-human world" for a chance to win a cash scholarship for your educational endeavors. One grand prize scholar will be awarded $1000 for their essay, and two semi-finalists will be awarded $500 each.

Eligible students are those who:
  1. Are self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color
  2. Live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, or a Tribal Nation in the region
  3. Are enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate at a college or university, technical school or vocational institution in the Spring 2021 academic year.
The scholarship application period opened September 22, 2020 and closes on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST.

For more information, please visit
SUWA's website, or email them at scholar@suwa.org.

If you need any help with this essay, please feel free to let Donnie, Landry, or any of the Beacons know. You can also ask Hayden Coombs, a Professor for the Communications department here at SUU. He has extended his help to all students, and you can reach him at
haydencoombs@suu.edu or (503) 779-8457. We are all more than happy to help!

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month (HHM) is celebrated annually from September 15 - October 15 to acknowledge the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean. In the United States, there are approximately 60 million people who have ancestries connected to these countries who reside in the United States, representing approximately 18% of the U.S. population. Many labels are used for this racial-ethnic group, with the most common umbrella terms being “Hispanic” and “Latina/e/o/x.”

Since 1968, HHM has been recognized by the federal government and celebrated across the United States. The start of the month, September 15, is significant, as several Latin American countries celebrate their independence from Spain on this day, including Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Mexico and Chile also celebrate their independence during the month on September 16 and 18 respectively.
 
In September 2018, a University-wide committee chaired by Dr. Gina Garcia and the Latinx Student Association (LSA) launched the first HHM set of programs at Pitt as a grassroots effort to increase the University community’s knowledge and understanding of the Hispanic/Latina/e/o/x community. Each year the committee designs a series of cultural, educational, social, and advocacy events for the Pitt, CMU, and greater Pittsburgh community.

To learn more about Hispanic Heritage Month,
click here!

CDI Student of the Month

The CDI is excited to highlight some of the amazing students who are a part of the T-Bird family. This year we will continue our Student of the Month initiative where outstanding students can be nominated and featured throughout the school year. 

Nominations are accepted from any SUU faculty, staff, or student. Winners will be chosen by the CDI team and will be recognized physically in the CDI, in the electronic newsletter, and will be awarded a gift card in appreciation. 

The Student of the Month nominee should demonstrate the qualities of a leader, exemplify the CDI’s mission, and actively promotes the center’s message of inclusivity. September's almost over, so don't forget to nominate a deserving student
HERE!

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CDI State of the Union Meeting
The CDI will be holding a State of the Union meeting this Friday, October 2 at 4 PM. We will introduce the new Beacons and go over the main objectives and goals for this academic year. You can choose to attend through Zoom, or in person at BUS 120. We hope to see you there!

Suicide Awareness and Prevention Week
The Health and Wellness Center is holding a bunch of self-care events to bring awareness to suicide and help create an environment at SUU that lets students know that there are safe spaces of campus they can find people to talk to. Come show your support at the following events:
  • Honor Beads on Monday, September 28 from 11 AM to 2 PM. To kick off our suicide prevention and awareness week, stop by the Health and Wellness Center to grab colored beads to honor and connect with those who have been affected by suicide.
  • Rock Painting on Tuesday, September 29 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Come and paint a rock at the Health and Wellness Center and leave it for people to see anywhere on campus. Paint it with words of encouragement, or a cute picture!
  • Walk to Prevent Suicide on Wednesday, September 30 at 1 PM. Our weekly Wednesday walks will be replaced by a walk to prevent suicide. Come get your exercise and take a walk to raise awareness for suicide.
  • 'Every Brilliant Thing' Wall on Thursday, October 1 and Friday October 2 from 11 AM to 2 PM. Leave an uplifting note, words of positivity, or some of the brilliant things that happen in life. 

Hispanic Heritage Month Events
Hispanic Heritage Month is celebrated from September 15 to October 15. Join us in acknowledging the history, culture, and contributions of Americans whose ancestry can be traced to over 20 countries in Latin American, including Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean at the following events:
  • City of God Movie Screening on Saturday, October 10 from 6 to 7 PM. City of God is a 2002 Brazilian crime movie depicting the growth of organized crime in the Cidade de Deus suburb of Rio de Janeiro, between the end of the 1960s and the beginning of the 1980s, with the film's closure depicting the war between the drug dealer Li'l Zé and vigilante-turned-criminal Knockout Ned.

Club Meetings

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 and Last Monday, 6:30 PM at the CDI (ST 102)

Pride and Equality Club
Thursdays, 6 PM at the CDI (ST 102)

UndocuMigrant Alliance
Thursdays, 8 PM at the CDI (ST 102)

Our Clubs

African Union Club (AUC)
Club President: Anthony Musimbi
C
ontact: anthy.andy@gmail.com
Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.c

Asian American Student Alliance (AASA)
Club President: David Nguyen
Contact: dhn206@gmail.com
Social Media: IG @suu_aasa

Black Student Union (BSU)
Club President: Dominique Erwin
Contact: dominiqueerwin@suumail.net
Social Media: BSU Facebook, IG/Twitter @suu_bsu

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Club President: Hunter Cordova
Contact: hunter.cordova@me.com
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Middle East Club (MEC)
Club President: Abdulelah (Abdul) Fakhrani
Contact: middleeastsuu@gmail.com
Social Media: Middle East SUU Facebook, IG/Twitter @middleeastsuu

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Mahala Sutherland
Contact: mahalasutherland@gmail.com

Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suu

Polynesian Club
Club President: Victor Ledua
Contact: 
leduavictor98@gmail.com
Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly

Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Club President: Victor Carvajal-Lopez
Contact: victorcarvajallopez@suumail.net
Social Media: PAEC Facebook, IG @suu_paec

UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Erick Peña
Contact: erickthepena@gmail.com
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
diversity@suu.edu
435.865.8761


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