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Newsletter 21: March 8, 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.

Struggling renters can prepare to file their applications at rentrelief.utah.gov.

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

Patricia Keehley MPA Endowed Scholarship

Thanks to ongoing support from gracious donors, we are pleased to announce that our endowed scholarship is now open for applications for the 2021-22 academic year.

The Patricia Keehley MPA Endowed Scholarship is named for former MPA Director and Professor Emerita, Pat Keehley. Dr. Keehley has been an integral part of our MPA program for many years, and we are thrilled to be able to make a scholarship award in her honor.

The scholarship is limited to current MPA students and MPA Bridge students who will be enrolled in the 2021-22 academic year.

Please complete this application form to be considered for the scholarship award.

Application deadline is Friday, March 12, 2021.

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 (dwess@conservationlegacy.org).

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.

T
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.

Events


  
  




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 hamza.samha@suusuccess.org.
Women's History Month
Come join the SUU Women's Network, Women in Gender Studies, Leavitt Center, and Center for Diversity & Inclusion for a week of events celebrating women. Show your support by attending some or all of the events below!
  • International Women's Day Celebration. Monday, March 8, from 11 AM to 2 PM in the SUU Student Center Living Room.
  • RGB Film Screening. Monday, March 8, at 6 PM in the SUU Student Center Theater (ST 161D).
  • Challenge Accepted: Balancing Professional & Personal Responsibility During COVID-19. Tuesday, March 9, from 4 to 5 PM. Register for the webinar here!
  • COVID-19's Impact on Women, Families, and Students: WGS round table discussion. Wednesday, March 10, from 2 to 2:50 PM on Zoom.
  • Women's History Month Living Library. Wednesday, March 10, from 5 to 7 PM. Sign up to join as a Book or a Reader through here!
  • Choose to Challenge: Sexism in the Workplace. Thursday, March 11, from 4 to 5 PM in the SUU Living Room.

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!

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
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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