Newsletter 7: October 26th, 2020

"My Culture Is Not A Costume"

It's time to change the conversation around cultural appropriation. The term has been reduced to mere internet outrage, and dismissed as a tool devised by the "fun police" to keep people from enjoying Halloween. But the reality is cultural appropriation is a stain on American history. It's the manifestation of one of the earliest, most enduring racist ideals: The belief that people who belong to marginalized cultures are somehow less than human. Once you've dehumanized someone, you can co-opt their culture with ease; their language, dress, and customs aren't worthy of the respect you reserve for your own. On top of centuries of oppression, marginalized groups must now contend with people mocking their identity, right in front of their faces. And when they speak up, critics rush to attack and silence them.  

What is cultural appropriation? 
Cultural appropriation is taking the intellectual property, traditional knowledge, cultural expressions of artifacts from someone else's culture without permission. In short, simply taking one aspect of a culture that is not your own and using it for your own personal interest

What is cultural appreciation?
Cultural appreciation is when someone seeks to understand and learn about another culture in an effort to broaden their perspective and connect with others cross-culturally.   

Ask Yourself: Does this costume...?
  • Mock a cultural or religious symbols
  • Attempt to represent an entire culture or history 
  • Trivialize human suffering, oppression and marginalization 
Some examples of appropriate costumes are:
  • Scientist
  • Doctor
  • Rockstar
  • TV Character
Cited: Who Owns Culture - Appropriation and the Authenticity In American Law by Susan Scafidi

Spring 2021 Registration

Registration season is upon us once again! Here are the registration dates so you don't forget:
  • Seniors (90+ credits) - Tuesday, November 2, 8 AM MDT.
  • Juniors (60-89 credits) - Thursday, November 5, 8 AM MDT.
  • Sophomores (30-59 credits) - Monday, November 9, 8 AM MDT.
  • Freshmen (0-29 credits) - Wednesday, November 11, 8 AM MDT.
Make sure to mark your calendars and set your alarms to account for the timezone differences wherever you are! If you need any help with the system SUU has for registration, check out this video and this video :)

Also, if you're a freshman, don't forget to meet with your advisor to remove the RAC that prevents you from registering! If you have any questions or are having difficulty registering, feel free to contact any of your Beacons:
Happy registering!

Fully-Funded Public Service Fellowship for College Juniors

The Public Policy and International Affairs (PPIA) Program is accepting applications for the Junior Summer Institute (JSI) Fellowship! This is a rigorous academic graduate-level preparation program for undergraduate juniors committed to public service careers. The purpose of the JSI Fellowship is to prepare students to obtain a Master’s or joint degree, in public policy, public administration, international affairs, or a related field. Applicants must demonstrate involvement in working to improve historically underserved or underrepresented communities. Applicants for this cycle must graduate with their first bachelor's degree between December 2021 and August 2022. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2020.

Here are some pertinent links about the program and the fellowship:

If you have any more questions, please contact Executive Director Simone Gbolo at

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

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 or (503) 779-8457. We are all more than happy to help!

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.

Internship Opportunities with the Federal Aviation Administration

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is offering paid internships at their offices. There are three different programs, each managed by a different office with different benefits and program details.
  • AVS STEM Student Program. This summer program aims to host students who are studying in the STEM fields and are interested in pursuing aviation-related careers. It will give these students opportunities to capitalize on their academic studies through meaningful work and developmental activities. They may also be able to earn academic credit for their internships. To be eligible for this paid internship, you must be a U.S. citizen, and accepted for seeking enrollment or are enrolled in a university. To apply, submit a copy of your resume and transcript to
  • FAA Minority Serving Institutions Internship Program. This year-round program provides internship opportunities to students from historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, colleges and universities with a high percentage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, Native American colleges and universities, and to students with disabilities. To be eligible for this paid opportunity, you must be a U.S. citizen, have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, and be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a cover letter and resume to
  • DOT Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups. The student application portal for the DOT’s 2021 Summer Transportation Internship Program for Diverse Groups (STIPDG) Program is now live. The deadline for applications is January 31, 2021.  Students can access the portal by clicking here:

Job Opportunity: Coordinator for Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

The Milwaukee Brewers baseball club is looking for a Coordinator of Baseball Diversity Initiatives. In this position, you will support the Club diversity, equity and inclusion efforts contributing to the development of minor league players, with special focus on supporting and advocating for minority players. You will also mentor, advise and provide support for players as they develop personally and professionally as baseball players, as well as enhance awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity across the organization and with the community. For more information and to apply, 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. Nominate a deserving student for October 


Student Free Speech Forum
Southern Utah University will be hosting a virtual forum for students to discuss free speech on campus on Tuesday, October 27 from 3 to 4 PM. Panelists include:
  • Jared Tippets
  • Heather Ogden
  • Donielle Savoie
  • Mary Bennett
  • Eric Kirby

As we listen, discuss and learn together, we can create a campus environment where freedom of expression and civility, in spite of conflicting opinions, are celebrated.

Join the forum via Zoom at

Brian Head Hiring Fair
On Wednesday, October 28 from 10 AM to 4 PM, recruiters from Brian Head Recreation 1 will be on campus in the Starlight Room in the Sharwan Smith Student Center to recruit students for employment opportunities. This fair is for scheduled interviews only. To schedule, submit an application at

Virtual Career Fair Prep Event
On Wednesday, October 28 at 5:30 PM, you can join the Career Center at the Virtual Career Fair Prep Event to get ready to attend the their upcoming virtual Career Fair! The Zoom link to join is here.

At this event, you will learn:
  • How to prepare to meet employers virtually
  • How to sign up for 1:1 sessions and group sessions
  • How to update your Handshake profile and resume
  • How to prepare to interview
  • And more!

Costume Party
Come join the Student Programming Board and the Pride and Equality Club for a costume party on Wednesday, October 28 from 6 to 8 PM! Wear your best Halloween costume and strike a pose in front of the many spooky backdrops set up in the Student Center Ballroom. If you're feeling your Halloween fantasy, you can even sign up at 5:30 to be a part of the Costume Walk and strut your stuff. We'll see you there!

Native American Heritage Week
November marks the beginning of Native American Heritage Month. Come join the Native American Student Association in celebrating and spreading knowledge about Native American culture in the following events:
  • "Wind River" Movie Screening - Monday, November 2 at 6 PM in ED 104.
  • MMIWG2SM - Tuesday, November 3 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Student Center Living Room.
  • Hand Game Demonstration - Wednesday, November 4 from 6 to 8 PM in the Starlight Room.
  • Information Day - Thursday, November 5 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Student Center Living Room.
  • Native American Showcase - Friday, November 6 from 11 AM to 1 PM in the Student Center Living Room.

Miss Native American Applications Open!
The Native American Student Association of Southern Utah University will be holding its annual Miss Native American SUU (NASUU) Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The pageant will be a stepping stone to encourage young women to strive for self improvement, leadership, and the opportunity to represent Southern Utah University as an official ambassador on behalf of Native American students. A scholarship will be awarded to the newly crowned Miss Native American SUU for the 2020-2021 academic school year. To get an application, please contact Mahala Sutherland or Landry Igiraneza, the Coordinator of the CDI. Applications will close on Friday, October 30 at 5 PM.

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, 8 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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