Newsletter 12: November 20th, 2018

Happy Thanksgiving


The Center for Diversity would like to wish you all a safe and Happy Thanksgiving Holiday! We are thankful for the CDI family and appreciate you all.



CDI Student of the Month
Congratulations to our October Student of the Month Erick Peña! Erick is a sophomore majoring in exercise science. He serves as the Vice President of Academics and Student Affairs for Latino Student Alliance and can often be found studying or chatting with friends in the CDI. As one of his nominators said: Erick, as well all may know, is probably the most humble person, he goes out of his way to help anyone and everyone and is loving and kind. He is great friend to everyone and he just simply cares for everyone, helping them succeed.”
We couldn’t agree more! Thank you Erick for being a role model to everyone in the CDI and congratulations again for being the Student of the Month.


Asian American Student Alliance
Join the CDI's newest club, Asian American Student Alliance for its opening social on Monday, November 26th at 6 PM in the CDI (ST 101). There will be snacks and more information about the club!
Miss Native SUU 2018
Native American Student Association will be having the annual Miss Native American SUU pageant on Wednesday, November 28th at 6 PM in the Ballroom. Come support these young ladies as they represent their communities and platform. Hope to see you all there!
Beyond the Dream
Join the Center for Diversity and Inclusion and the Cedar City Library for a documentary screening and Q&A panel with students and activists about Utah Dreamers, featuring Ciriac Alverez, SLC Dreamer and Immigrant Rights Activist. This event will take place on Thursday, November 29th from 5:30-7:30 PM in the Sterling Church Auditorium.
Real Women Run
The YWCA in Salt Lake City is hosting a nonpartisan training for women in Southern Utah and surrounding communities who want to go into public service, step into community leadership, or get involved in Utah politics as candidates or campaign managers. You will learn from local leaders, current elected officials in Utah, and campaign experts.This event will be Saturday, December 1st from 8 AM to 2 PM at the St. George Area Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in attending this event, please email the Leavitt Center to register at
The Ins and Outs of Mental Health
Our POWER Club presents the Ins and the Outs of Mental health event where a screening of Pixar's Inside Out will be shown along with the insight of CAPS on resources and the brain-work of emotions. This will take place on Tuesday, December 4th at 4 PM in the Sterling Church Auditorium.
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).

Miss Native SUU

Miss Native American SUU

By: Brianna Begay, NASA Secretary


           Many on campus are unaware that there is the title Miss Native American SUU. The Native American Student Association (NASA) holds an annual pageant during November, Native American Heritage Month. The pageant consists of formal wear, a talent (traditional is preferred), and an impromptu question by judges.

    The current Miss Native American SUU is Nailoni (Aya) Beard. Aya is a Sophomore majoring in Biology, she is enrolled with the Navajo Nation and is from Shadow Mountain, AZ. She has represented the NASA club at multiple events including the Paiute Tribe and the Navajo Nation Fair

           The origins of the term “Indian Princess” was a term that was given to the daughters of chiefs within Native American tribes. The term is seen as a derogatory term to various Native American tribes. The emergence of the movie Pocahontas and  episodes of the tv show Buffalo Bill have portrayed the Native American “Princess” in a stereotypical, demeaning manner. Since then Native American communities have taken this negative stereotype and today use it in pageants to empower young Native American women. These young women showcase their cultural knowledge, traditions, and talents.

This year’s Miss Native American SUU pageant will be held on November 28 in the Student Center Ballroom at 6pm. This year's contestants are Ericka Hill, Shantel Israel, Mahala Sutherland, and Shelvie James. The NASA club is proud of these young ladies for representing their culture in this pageant. Come and support them as they represent their communities and culture!

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Ericka Hill  

Major: Nursing

Class Standing: Freshman

Originally From: Tuba City, AZ
Tribe: Navajo


Shantel Israel

Major: Biology

Class Standing: Freshman

Originally From: Monument Valley, AZ

Tribe: Navajo

Mahala Sutherland

Major: Nursing

Class Standing: Freshman

Originally From: Winslow, AZ

Tribe: Navajo


Shelvie James

Major: Anthropology

Class Standing: Sophomore

Originally From: San Carlos, AZ

Tribe: Navajo & Apache


Black History Month Class
In advance of Spring Semester registration opening next week, I am pleased to send you a flyer and calendar for SUU's Celebration of Black History Month in late-January and February 2019.  While events are free and open to the public, interested students are encouraged to enroll in the one-credit P/F options, History 2922 or History 3922.  This year's national theme is "Black  Migrations," and our BHM program features speakers from SUU and other universities, along with specially-selected movies.  Questions can be directed to Earl Mulderink at or 435/865-8341.
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.

CDI Student of the Month (November)
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.

Professional Closet Guide Models Wanted
The SUU Career Center is making a Professional Clothing Guide to help our students! We're also taking professional photos to give employers a visual representation of how awesome our T-Birds are. We need a variety of students to showcase our diversity, and we'd like you to help!
Please fill out this form to let us know your availability to be a model for a professional clothing shoot -- what to wear and what not to wear. Not available? Please share this with classmates who might be interested.

If interested, please fill out the form by clicking

Questions? Contact Geoff Lewis at or 435.865.8785.

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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