Newsletter 15: January 25th, 2020

CARES Act Funding for Students

Southern Utah University still has some money left over for the CARES Act for the Spring 2021 semester. The CARES Act Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) is an emergency grant program for students. Eligible students can now apply via their portal for a grant to cover expenses they may have incurred due to changes in university operations due to COVID-19. To be considered as eligible, a student must:
  1. Be currently enrolled as a degree-seeking student (associates, bachelors, or masters) in a face-to-face degree program. Students enrolled in an online-only degree program do not qualify for these grants.
  2. Be eligible to receive Title IV federal aid. This eligibility is evaluated through completion of the FAFSA. In addition to completing the FAFSA, students must be making Satisfactory Academic Progress in order to receive HEERF funding.
  3. Have experienced expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to COVID-19.
If you're unsure about your eligibility, or if you need help with filling out the form, contact Ashleigh Zimmerman through email at

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.

43rd Annual Conference of the Society of Ethnobiology

 The Society of Ethnobiology annual conference, which will be co-hosted by SUU and The Paiute Tribe of Southern Utah, will occur in May 2021.

This year's theme is water, or 'paa.' The 43rd annual conference takes water as a starting point to explore the many connections between people, animals, plants, and environments around the globe. With the conference set in Southern Utah, the focus will be on the way that water shapes  landscapes, defines food systems, and creates special and sacred places. For the Ancestral Puebloan and Southern Paiutes who are the ancestral owners of the territory where the conference is meeting, water has a special place with great cultural and environmental value. 

They will also have many opportunities for SUU faculty and students to present and participate. For more information on the conference, click
here. To register to attend or participate, contact Donielle Savoie ( or Landry Igiraneza (

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 January 


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
A.P.E.X.: SUU Allies
On Tuesday, February 11th, there will be an A.P.E.X. panel discussion about queer families, particularly those in Utah. In this panel, various speakers will share their experiences growing up in their communities. It will take place from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM in the Hunter Conference Center.
A.P.E.X.: Dr. Sonia Aboagye
For this A.P.E.X. event, our guest speaker is Dr. Sonia Aboagye. She is a neurologist and heads the Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences at the University of Health and Allied Health Sciences (UHAS). UHAS is located in Ho, in the Volta region of Ghana. To hear this amazing woman speak, come to the Hunter Conference Center on Tuesday, February 18th, from 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM.
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.
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
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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