Newsletter 9: October 30th, 2018

My Culture is Not A Costume 


My Culture is not a Costume is an awareness campaign from the Center for
Diversity & Inclusion aimed at raising awareness around the issues with
cultural appropriation and the misrepresentation and stereotyping of
cultures that continually stigmatize and overgeneralize marginalized
communities. The aim of the campaign is to start a productive dialogue
about how costumes and style can function to perpetuate misunderstanding
about the real life experience of different cultural populations and in
turn, negatively affecting the perceptions of them.

All of the costumes held by our SUU students in the flyers have been used
during Halloween time by users unaware or unwilling to see the impact these
costumes can have on people who come from the cultures misrepresented in
the images. The posters across campus and the social media posts have
started an important dialogue and staff at the Center for Diversity &
Inclusion are happy to continue to engage in these conversation after the
holiday. We are proud of our students for doing what they can to create an
inclusive campus environment. Happy Halloween T-Birds!




CDI Halloween Bash
Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion for a Halloween Bash on Wednesday, October 31st at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101). There will be food, games, and a spooktacular time! Costumes are encoraged.

Dia de los Muertos
Join Latino Student Alliance (LSA) and International Student Affairs (ISA) for a Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Celebration!

Oct. 31st- Nov. 2nd: Traditional Alter Display in the Library
Nov. 1st from 11-12:30 PM: Day of the Dead Celebration in Global Landing
Nov. 1st at 6 PM: Sugar Skull decorating in the Ballroom 

Diversity and Inclusion
Session 2: Identifying and confronting microaggressions- October 31st from 11-12 PM

The purpose of this training is to define and discuss microaggressions. We will spend time exploring how microaggressions effect us in society (work, school and home). We will also share strategies for responding to situations where microaggressions are used.

Location of sessions: Red Hills Room (Hunter Conference Center)
RSVP here

Grad Skool Workshop
Are you a junior or a senior thinking about graduate school? Attend the 2nd CDI Grad Skool Worksop that focuses on CV's, SOP's, and GRE's on Thursday, November 1st at 5:30 PM in the CDI (ST 101). Bring a hard copy of your CV/Resume, personal statement, and a positive attitude.
Day of the Dead Community Celebration
Join SUMA for a Day of the Dead Celebration and Art Exhibition on Friday, November 2nd at 5:30 PM at the Southern Utah Museum of Art. Celebrate by painting sugar skulls, making papel picado, eating food, and more!
Mardi Gras Ball
Do you like good music and like to dance? Come to Black Student Union's Mardi Gras Ball on Saturday, November 10th from 9 PM-12 AM in the Ballroom. Come dressed your best for this special occasion. Buy your tickets at the door: $2 for students and $3 for non-students.
Gaming Fridays
Gaming Fridays are back! Do you like to play video and/or board games? Come join us every Friday from 12-5 PM in the CDI (ST 101).


CDI Student of the Month (October)
The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) is excited to highlight some the amazing students who are a part of the T-Bird family. This year we will begin a Student of the Month initiative where outstanding students can be nominated and featured throughout the month. Nominations will be 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. To nominate a student who you believe deserves this recognition, click here.

IIC Scholarships 
The Intergovernmental Internship Cooperative is giving out $100-$500 need based scholarships to Native American students or students who attended Title 1 schools (schools in rural Utah). These scholarships fund EDGE Projects, Natural Resource Conference Attendance, Conference for Outdoors Skills or Education, Wilderness First Aid Courses, and Training for Field Skills. Email to apply or for more information.


Our Clubs!

Black Student Union (BSU)
Meeting: Wednesday's at 6:30 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Sunny Sims
Social Media: BSU Facebook, IG/Twitter @suu_bsu

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Meeting: Wednesday's at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Selina Payan-Jurado

Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Meeting: Every Tuesday at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Tylor Garcia

Social Media: NASA Facebook
Polynesian Club
Meeting: Every First Monday at 7 PM in the ED 111
Club President: Aoise (Ise) Talamoni
Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly

Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Meeting: Thursday's at 11 AM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Braydon Rawlings
Social Media: PAEC Facebook

African Union Club
Meeting: Friday's at 5 PM in the CDI (ST 101)
Club President: Lisa Muisimbi
Social Media: IG: suu_a.u.c

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.


Sharwan Smith Student Center, Room 101

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