Newsletter 27: April 3rd, 2019

Student of the Month

Congratulations Stephanee!!
The CDI would like to congratulate Stephanee Diaz for being our March Student of the Month! Stephanee is a Criminal Justice major with a minor in Photography. She is also very active on campus by being the historian for Latino Student Alliance, member of Black Student Union and an active part of Alpha Phi. Stephanee is known around the CDI as being incredibly nice to everyone and is a friend to everyone she meets. Thank you for your positive attitude and hard work! Congratulations again!



"Migrant Crossings"
On Thursday, April 4th at 5 PM in the Yankee Meadows room, Dr. Annie Isabel Fukushima, assistant professor of the University of Utah, will be speaking. She is the author of Migrant Crossings: Witnessing Human Trafficking in the US (Stanford University Press, 2019), which examines the sociopolitical process of witnessing Asian and Latina/o migrants trafficked in the U.S. 

DACA Renewal Workshop
Need help renewing your Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or just want to know more about DACA? Come to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion on Thursday, April 4th from 6-8 PM where Salt Lake City immigration attorney, Linh Tran-Layton will be providing insight and support for renewals. For more information, email Willy at
NASA's Pow Wow
Join the Native American Student Association in the 40th Annual Pow Wow at the Paiute Tribal Gym (440 N Paiute Dr) on Saturday, April 6th. Grand entries are at 12 PM and 6 PM. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for general admission. Email for more information.

Pride Week
Celebrate Pride Week at SUU with many events during the week of April 8th-11th!
  • Monday, April 8th from 12-3 PM:  Queer Inclusive Sex Education Workshop in the Hunter Conference Great Hall
  • Tuesday, April 9th from 11-1 PM: Resource Fair in the Living Room
  • Wednesday, April 10th from 11-1 PM: Straight Talk in the Library Court Yard
  • Thursday, April 11th at 11 AM: Drag Brunch in the Starlight Room 

SUU LGBTQ+ Film Festival
In celebration of SUU Pride Week, the SUU Pride Alliance B.W. Bastian Foundation will be hosting a Film Festival from April 10th-12th.
  • Wednesday, April 10th at 6 PM: KIKI showing in the Sharwan Smith Theater
  • Thursday, April 11th at 6 PM: Pariah showing in the Sharwan Smith Theater
  • Friday, April 12th at 6 PM: Boy Erased showing in Sharwan Smith Theater with keynote speaker Gerrard Conley, author of the memoir the film is an adaption  of which portrays his surviving conversion therapy.

Drag Brunch
The Pride and Equality Club is hosting the second annual Drag Brunch with special guest Salem O'Hara Andrews from Las Vegas on Thursday, April 11th at 11 AM in the Starlight Room. Tickets are $5 for students, $8 for faculty/staff, and $100 for departmental tables. Space is limited, email Willy at for questions and seating information.

Smash Bros Tournament
Thunderbird ESports are teaming up with Red Bull for a Super Smash Ultimate Tournament on Wednesday, April 10th at 5 PM in the Living Room. There will be prizes for the top four winners and giveaways for all attendees. Make sure to bring your own controller and email for any questions!

Black Excellence Ball
Come celebrate the accomplishments of Black Student Union, black students, faculty, and staff, and allys to the black community on Saturday, April 13th at 7 PM at the Festival Hall (105 N 100 E). Pre-sale tickets are $8 and $10 at the door with your soul food dinner included. You can RSVP and order your tickets by clicking here.

Gaming Fridays
Do you like to play video and/or board games? Come join us this Friday from 12-4 PM in the CDI (ST 101) for games and free pizza.       


CDI Beacon Application
Do you want to be an official part of the CDI dream team? Now is your chance, apply to be a Beacon for the 2019-20 school year! Applications will be open until April 8th at midnight. Click here for the application.

CDI End-Of-The-Year Banquet
Come celebrate the accomplishments of your CDI peers at the CDI End-Of-The-Year Banquet on Friday, April 19th from 6-9 PM in the Starlight Room. RSVP here.

Turn Up Our Voices

For the remainder of the semester, the CDI would like to highlight students and their experiences on campus regarding their identity. The following questions/prompts will be our focus: 

  1. Tell us about a professor who most supported your identity in the classroom.
  2. Tell us about a memorable experience you've had on campus that involves your identity.
  3. Why do you value the CDI?
  4. What do you wish people knew about your identity? 

We are looking for students to share their experiences so please come by the CDI or email us at if you would like to be involved with this campaign.

CDI Student of the Month (March)
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.

Our Clubs!

Asian American Student Alliance
Meeting: TBA
Club President: Liz Pittman
Social Media: IG:suu_aasa

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:
Stacy Soto
Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa

Native American Student Association (NASA)
Meeting: Every Tuesday at 6 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: Tuesdays's at 6 PM in ED 111 
Club President: Lacey Woods
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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