Newsletter 17: February 8th, 2021

Medtronic Scholarship

 The Medtronic American Indian Employee Resource Group (AIERG) is committed to helping advance the health and well-being of the American Indian population in the United States. In 2019, the Medtronic AIERG created a scholarship program for students who want to earn a college
degree and reach their educational goals. This scholarship will provide financial support of $5500 to three qualifying students who may be unable to afford the full price for program enrollment.

To qualify for this scholarship assistance program, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Currently be pursuing a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree in: Health and Sciences; Biomedical Engineering
  • Be a first / second generation college / university student
  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be accepted as a full-time undergraduate or graduate student enrolled at an accredited four-year college / university
  • Have a 3.0 GPA
  • Be an enrolled citizen, or a descendant of an enrolled citizen, of a federal or state-recognized American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Village; or Native Hawaiian or descendant from a Native Hawaiian; or Pacific Islander or descendant from Pacific Islander; or Indigenous person of Canada.
Enrollment documents and / or a copy of birth certificate showing descendancy from an enrolled citizen, Indigenous group of Canada, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander are acceptable. Applicant may also, instead, provide a copy of their Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (CDIB) card.

The application must also have the following:
  • Resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • An essay regarding the first tenant of the Medtronic mission statement: To contribute to human welfare by application of biomedical engineering in the research, design, manufacture, and sale of instruments or appliances that alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life.
You can submit your application here. Applications will be due Monday, February 15th, so make sure not to wait to the last minute to get them in! 

Utah's Hogle Zoo: Diversity in Field Conservation Internship

Interested in animals? Looking for a fun way to spend your summer break? Well, look no further! Utah's Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City, UT is offering two three-month long internships (from May 24, 2021 to August 28, 2021) and one six-month long internship (from May 24th to November 2020). The main duty of interns is to assist in boreal toad (Anaxyrus boreas boreas) research throughout the state of Utah. This will include field work, research, and literature development.

To be eligible for this internship, students must:
  • Be currently enrolled in, or considered a recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program (sophomore standing or above)
  • Be in good academic standing (2.5 GPA)
  • Be able to stand for at least 3 hours, safely lift 40lbs and be capable of hiking an incline (1000ft/mile)
  • Be able to provide proof of a negative TB test and current tetanus vaccine as well as pass a drug test and background check
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
This opportunity also offers a scholarship for the interns involved! The Diversity in Conservation Scholarship will provide a stipend for the duration of the internship (14 weeks, totaling $1500 or 27 weeks, totaling $3000). This scholarship can only be awarded to individuals identifying as female, and all genders who are of one or more of the following ethnic minority classifications: African American, American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, Asian, Latino, Hispanic or Pacific Islander, as defined by The Beagle Conservation Scholarship.

Applications are due by Sunday, February 28th
here and will require a resume, unofficial transcript, and cover letter.

For more information about this position or for any questions, please emai

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.

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 February 


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
Resume Writing Workshop with Brandon Street
Writing resumes can be tough, but the SUU Career Center and the Center for Diversity and Inclusion have your back! Come on over to BUS 120 on Tuesday, February 2nd from 4 to 5 PM for a resume writing workshop with Brandon Street. Learn how to write a cohesive resume that wows your employers before you even meet them!
African American Read In
This month is Black History Month. To celebrate Black history and culture, the CDI is hosting and African American Read In, where people will have an opportunity to read a written work from a person of African American descent. To participate, come to the Student Center Living Room on Thursday, February 4th, between 6 to 8 PM. Please, be courteous to your fellow T-Birds and mask up!
Send a Love Note Home
On Monday, February 8th, and Tuesday, February 9th, come stop by the Student Center between 11 AM to 3 PM to write a letter home to your families and friends. Don't worry about sending it — we'll take care of it. All you have to do is write it, fill it with love, and grab a Crumbl cookie and a sticker before you leave.
Identity Week
Identity Week is a time to celebrate the diversity of cultures and identity here at SUU. To participate, you can come visit some of the following events:
  • Tie-Dye Night. Bring some friends and shirts to dye, because on Monday, February 8th, there will be a tie-dye night in the Student Center Ballroom from 7 to 9 PM. The first 200 students will receive a free Identity Week t-shirt, so make sure to get there early!
  • Grab n' Go Cultural Potluck Pickup. Running out of ideas for a good meal? Come over to the STIL office in the Student Center on Tuesday, February 9th, where you can come pick up recipes from around the world from 3 to 5 PM. Ingredients will be provided.
  • Where Are You From? Come visit the Student Center Living Room on Thursday, February 11th between 10 AM to 1 PM to mark your where you're from on a map of the Utah, the USA and the world. Let's see how far our T-Bird Nation has soared!
  • What Makes YOUnique. On Friday, February 12th, there will be a virtual event showcasing a video highlighting and celebrating what makes T-Birds and the T-Bird community YOUnique! This video will be shown on SPB's instagram, so make sure to pop in and take a look.

A.P.E.X.: SUU Allies
On Thursday, 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.
Lunar New Year Celebration
Join the International Student and Scholar Services and the Student Planning Board for a Lunar New Year celebration at the Student Center Rotunda on Thursday, February 11th from 6:30 to 8 PM. There will be snacks, activities, and games to ring in the new Year of the Ox. See you there!
Interview Workshop with Brandon Street
Have a job interview coming up? Looking for tips and tricks to help you ace it and land that job? Look no further! The Career Center and the CDI are holding an event with Brandon Street where you can learn proper interview etiquette and brush up on your interviewing skills. This event will be taking place on Tuesday, February 16, from 4 to 5 PM in BUS 120. See you there!
Becoming A Black Ally
Join SUU's Black Student Union in a workshop on how to advocate for the Black community on Wednesday, February 17th from 6 to 8 PM in the Student Center Theater. This event will feature a panel of students and staff sharing their experiences and answering questions. 
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!

Event Manager Applications Open!
The CDI is looking for an Event Manager for our AT&T College Prep Conference, which will take place on April 1st, 2021. Aside from event planning, job duties will include student (Beacee) outreach and posting on social media. For more information, please contact either Donielle Savoie ( or Landry Igiraneza ( The application will be due Friday, February 12.

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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