Newsletter 20: February 6th, 2019

Happy Black History Month

Happy Black History Month! Join the CDI and Black Student Union in celebrating black history. Black History Month is an annual celebration of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history. Look out for Black History Month events in our "Events" section. 

Student of the Month

Kai Lameman is a student from Red Mesa, Arizona, or as Kai would put it, “where the land meets the sky and the eagles and crows fly freely.” He is majoring in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. Kai is Navajo and Italian. He is not only an active member of the Native American Student Association, but also active in almost all the CDI clubs. He is an active member of the Polynesian Club and has performed for BSU's Step Show and LSA's Danza. Kai is very active on campus and is known for his contagious smile. He goes out of his way to help others and is always there when you need a friend. As one of his nominators said, "Kai is very involved in the CDI and he helps make it a welcoming place for everyone!" 

Happy Lunar New Year


Happy Lunar New Year
Come celebrate Lunar New Year the year of the pig on Wednesday, February 6th from 6-8 PM in the Ballroom. There will be free food and activities.

BSU Heels Class
Join Black Student Union in a Black History Month Heels Class on Friday, February 8th at 5:30 PM in Multipurpose Center (MC16). Learn a dance in your favorite pair of heels. No experience is needed and all genders are welcomed!

 "The Apathy Effect Exhibit by iEmpathize- Igniting Empathy to End Child Exploitation"

Monday, February 11 through Wednesday, February 13th, from 8am to 10pm each daySUU Ballroom:open for guided or self-guided tours. The exhibit educates participants about human trafficking and child exploitation around the world, in the United States and our local area, and gives participants the tools to make a difference. Free reservations for tours can be made at:

Monday, February 11 through Wednesday, February 13th- Days For Girls Service Project in the SUU Convention Center

  • Monday, February 11: 6:30-7:30pm- SUU Sterling Church Auditorium- Screening of iEmpathize's documentary, Be Relentless- about sex trafficking survivor, Norma Bastidas who broke the record for the world's longest triathlon- by swimming, biking and running 3,762 miles across America to raise awareness of human trafficking. 
  • Tuesday, February 12: 6:00-8:00pm- SUU Student Center Theater-Annual Anti-Human Trafficking Summit
    • 6-7pm- Allison Smith for the Refugee and Immigration Center of Utah (Asian Association of Utah) will present on the definitions of human trafficking. 
    • 7-8pm- Utah Assistant Attorney General, Russell Smith will present on the realities of human trafficking in Utah and how we can protect ourselves and our vulnerable populations.
Free pizza will be provided at this event. 
  • Wednesday, February 13: 6:00-8:00pm- SUU Sterling Church Auditorium-Domestic Violence and Polygamy in Southern Utah -
    • 6-7pm: Roxy Burkhart, Awareness and Prevention Director of the local crisis center and shelter, Canyon Creek Services will present on the connections between child abuse (exploitation), domestic violence and human/sex trafficking and what community members can to do fight these crimes in our local area.
    • 7-8pm Kristyn Decker, author of "Fifty Years in Polygamy: Big Secrets and Little White Lies" and founder of the non-profit, Sound Choices Coalition will present on the abuse found in polygamous groups in Southern Utah, how some experts define this abuse as a form of human trafficking, and how the public can help reach out to the affected individuals in our local area to show support. 

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).       


Graduate Red Riot
Explore SUU's graduate programs as you enjoy a weekend on campus with our program directors, faculty, and advisors from February 14-15th. Click here for more information and to sign up.
CDI Student of the Month (February)
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.

Our Clubs!

Asian American Student Alliance
Meeting: TBA
Club President: Liz Pittman
Social Media: IG:suu_aasa

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:
Stacy Soto
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Meeting: Every Tuesday at 6 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: Tuesdays's at 6 PM in ED 111 
Club President: Lacey Woods
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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