Newsletter 25: April 8, 2020

The CDI is thinking about you!

In light of the circumstances of SUU moving online, we're sure many of you are feeling worried and concerned about both your education and your communities. The CDI wants you to know that even if the Center isn't open, we are still working to support you and your needs. If you ever need someone to talk to, Joel, Donnie, and the Beacons are still available through email. 

Additionally, a lot of the campus' support services have also gone online.
  • The LGBTQIA+ Support Group that's facilitated by CAPS is moving online. It's held every Tuesday at 12 PM MST. If you're interested in attending, please send an email over to Kristina Johnson ( so she can give you more information.
  • CAPS is also holding drop-in virtual discussion groups. These are 50 minute sessions designed to assist with coping and provide skills to assist with coping. Return as many times as you like. No registration or RSVP is required. For more information and the meeting times, click this link!
  • If you're currently in Cedar City, the Hope Pantry is still open for either pick-up or delivery through the online Pantry Request form. Orders are filled every weekday, and are limited to once per week per person. For pick-up orders, a box of the items you requested will be left at the porch of the Community Engagement Center.
  • The CDI is also meeting twice a week for a CDI Social, every Tuesday and Thursday at 5 PM MST. Click here for the Zoom link and for a few hours of playing games, watching movies, and just being together. We hope to see you there!

A Message From the Chief Diversity Officer

Dear SUU Community Members,

In the wake of the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), we have been made aware of multiple incidents of racist, xenophobic, and harassing behaviors targeting our International and Asian student body. These incidents have taken place both on and off-campus. The nature of these incidents includes inappropriate jokes, song lyrics, other derogatory comments, and physical assaults.

The Office of Equity and Inclusion and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion strongly condemn these behaviors, as they do not reflect the mission and values of our community. Southern Utah University is committed to life-long learning and promoting an environment in which our students engage “in experiential education leading to personal growth, civic responsibility, and professional excellence.”

In a continued effort to be a dynamic teaching and learning institution, we wholeheartedly stand in solidarity with our students and community members. We encourage all community members to educate themselves on proper health and safety precautions concerning this disease. For more information and access to an official CDC health guide, please visit the
CDC Health Guide. For further information regarding SUU’s COVID-19 guidelines, please view this message from President Wyatt concerning COVID-19.

Additionally, the following campus resources are available:
  • Office of Equity and Inclusion
  • Center for Diversity and Inclusion
  • Dean of Students
  • International Student Services
  • CAPS - Counseling & Psychological Services
  • SUU Police Department
  • CAST - Care and Support Team
  • SUU Campus Health Notice
Thank you for partnering with us to help make Southern Utah University a more welcoming and inclusive community.

Schvalla R. Rivera, Ph.D.
Assistant to the President for Equity and Inclusion

Joel Berrien, Jr., Ed.D.
Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Open Computer Labs On Campus

With the closing of the library, there have been a lot of people struggling with no or unreliable internet connection in their apartments, and that has affected their ability to do their work. In light of this, some computer labs on campus decided to open up to the students in set business hours:
  • Business 116 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Event Center 219 - Mac lab, open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Electronic Learning Center 310 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Electronic Learning Center 311 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm
  • Electronic Learning Center 312 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. Help desk employee working in this lab who is available to provide assistance.
  • Electronic Learning Center 313 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm, and Saturday 10 am to 3 pm. Help desk employee working in this lab who is available to provide assistance.
  • Geosciences 102 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Technology 120 - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
  • Technology 010B - open Monday through Friday, 8 am to 5 pm
If you need a computer, please feel free to stop by at these times and places. Be sure to enact the proper social distancing practices and keep yourselves safe. Let's finish this semester strong!

Fall 2020 Registration

Registration season is upon us once again! Seniors, Juniors, and Sophomores were able to register a few days ago. If you haven't yet, please do so today to get into all the classes you need to graduate! For the Freshmen, don't forget that your registration starts today!

If you need any help with the new system SUU has for registration, check out this videoIf you have any questions or are having difficulty registering, feel free to contact any of your Beacons: Happy registering!

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. Please nominate a deserving student for April 

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom

Hey T-Birds! Here is this week's Wednesday Words of Wisdom. We're nearing finals week, so hopefully they motivate you to stay strong and finish out this semester the way you want to!



Certificate in Human Values
Looking for a way to delve deeper into what it means to be human? The Tanner Center Certificate for Human Values is for you! This two-semester program aims to promote dialogue on ideas which best exemplify the human condition and the values which help to define it. Activities for fulfilling the certificate include the Tanner Lecture, Tanner Center Talks, Dinner and Dialogue, and a Community Engagement Center “mini-break.” This certificate is an institutional certificate that does not offer credit (aka: free!) but will show upon the transcript. Students who complete this program are eligible to apply for the full tuition Tanner Scholarship, or for one of the two half-tuition Tanner Fellowships. For more information and to apply, click here!

Our Clubs!

Asian American Student Alliance (AASA)
Club President: David Nguyen
Social Media: IG @suu_aasa
Meeting: every other Monday, 6 PM, CDI (ST 101)

African Union Club (AUC)
Club President: Nouman Kante
Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.c
Meeting: every other Friday, 5 PM, CDI (ST 101)

Black Student Union (BSU)
Club President: Malaysia Phang 
Social Media: BSU Facebook, IG/Twitter @suu_bsu
Meeting: Wednesdays, 6:30 PM, CDI (ST 101)

Latino Student Alliance (LSA)
Club President: Stacy Soto
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa
Meeting: Wednesdays, 5 PM, CDI (ST 101)

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Morgan Whiskers

Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suu
Meeting: Tuesdays, 6 PM, CDI (ST 101)

Polynesian Club
Club President: Aoise (Ise) Talamoni
Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly
Meeting: every first Monday, 6:30 PM, CDI (ST 101)

Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Club President: Malachi Morehouse
Social Media: PAEC Facebook, IG @suu_paec
Meeting: Thursdays, 6 PM, CDI (ST 101)

UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Nestor Zapata 
Social Media: IG @uma_suu
Meeting: Thursdays, 8 PM, CDI (ST 101)

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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