Newsletter 18: February 16th, 2021

Utah's Hogle Zoo: Diversity in Field Conservation Internship

Interested in animals? Looking for a fun way to spend your summer break? Well, look no further! Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, UT is offering two three-month long internships (from May 24, 2021 to August 28, 2021) and one six-month long internship (from May 24th to November 2020). The main duty of interns is to assist in boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) research throughout the state of Utah. This will include field work, research, and literature development.

To be eligible for this internship, students must:
  • Be currently enrolled in, or considered a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program (sophomore standing or above)
  • Be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA)
  • Be able to stand for at least 3 hours, safely lift 40lbs and be capable of hiking an incline (1000ft/mile)
  • Be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and current tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
This opportunity also offers a scholarship for the interns involved! The Diversity in Conservation Scholarship will provide a stipend for the duration of the internship (14 weeks, totaling $1500 or 27 weeks, totaling $3000). This scholarship can only be awarded to individuals identifying as female, and all genders who are of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian, Latino, Hispanic or Pacific Islander, as defined by The Beagle Conservation Scholarship.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 28th
here and will require a resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter.

For more information about this position or for any questions, please emai

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 (

CARES Act Funding for Students

Southern Utah University still has some money left over for the CARES Act for the Spring 2021 semester. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is an emergency grant program for students. Eligible students can now apply via their portal for a grant to cover expenses they may have incurred due to changes in university operations due to COVID-19. To be considered as eligible, a student must:
  1. Be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student (associates, bachelors, or masters) in a face-to-face degree program. Students enrolled in an online-only degree program do not qualify for these grants.
  2. Be eligible to receive Title IV federal aid. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the FAFSA. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive HEERF funding.
  3. Have experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
If you're unsure about your eligibility, or if you need help with filling out the form, contact Ashleigh Zimmerman through email at

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.

he 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.

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. Nominate a deserving student for February 


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
Interview Workshop with Brandon Street
Have a job interview coming up? Looking for tips and tricks to help you ace it and land that job? Look no further! The Career Center and the CDI are holding an event with Brandon Street where you can learn proper interview etiquette and brush up on your interviewing skills. This event will be taking place on Tuesday, February 16, from 4 to 5 PM in BUS 120. See you there!
Becoming A Black Ally
Join SUU's Black Student Union in a workshop on how to advocate for the Black community on Wednesday, February 17th from 6 to 8 PM in the Student Center Theater. This event will feature a panel of students and staff sharing their experiences and answering questions. 
A.P.E.X.: Dr. Sonia Aboagye
For this A.P.E.X. event, our guest speaker is Dr. Sonia Aboagye. She is a neurologist and heads the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Health and Allied Health Sciences (UHAS). UHAS is located in Ho, in the Volta region of Ghana. To hear this amazing woman speak, come to the Hunter Conference Center on Tuesday, February 18th, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
Living Library: International Women's History Month
Come join Southern Utah University in celebrating International Women's History month on Wednesday, March 10, from 5 to 7 PM with a Living Library event. We will be acknowledging and celebrating some of the amazing women on campus. If you're interested in sharing your story as a "Book," or if you're interested in listening as a "Reader," sign up here! The event will be on Zoom, and the details of the meeting will be sent via email as the date creeps closer.
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.
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!

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 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)

Our Clubs

African Union Club (AUC)
Club President: Anthony Musimbi
Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.c

Asian American Student Alliance (AASA)
Club President: David Nguyen
Social Media: IG @suu_aasa

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

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Club President: Hunter Cordova
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

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

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Mahala Sutherland

Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suu

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

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

UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Erick Peña
Social Media: IG @uma_suu

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 and 102

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