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Newsletter 10: November 16th, 2020
CARES Act Funding for Students
Southern Utah University still has some money left over for the CARES Act for both the Fall 2020 semester and 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:
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUWA's Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest
The Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA) is holding their Autumn 2020 Stewardship Scholarship Essay Contest for BIPOC students in all areas of study. Students are invited to write a 750-1250 word essay on the topic of "land stewardship" or "trust in the more-than-human world" for a chance to win a cash scholarship for your educational endeavors. One grand prize scholar will be awarded $1000 for their essay, and two semi-finalists will be awarded $500 each.
Eligible students are those who:
Are self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color
Live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, or a Tribal Nation in the region
Are enrolled at least half-time as an undergraduate at a college or university, technical school or vocational institution in the Spring 2021 academic year.
The scholarship application period opened September 22, 2020 and closes on Sunday, November 29, 2020 at 12:00 PM PST.
If you need any help with this essay, please feel free to let Donnie, Landry, or any of the Beacons know. You can also ask Hayden Coombs, a Professor for the Communications department here at SUU. He has extended his help to all students, and you can reach him at email@example.com or (503) 779-8457. We are all more than happy to help!
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.
The 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 9-AVS-STEMProgram@faa.gov.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 November HERE!
Transgender Day of Rememberance On Friday, November 20th, the CDI and the Pride and Equality Club will be holding an event to commemorate all the transgender people we have lost. Their names will be displayed in the Student Center Living Room from 8 am to 5 pm, so come by to take a moment to stop and remember the lives that were blown out too soon.
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, 8 PM at the CDI (ST 102)
African Union Club (AUC) Club President:Anthony Musimbi Contact: email@example.com Social Media: IG @suu_a.u.cAsian American Student Alliance (AASA) Club President: David Nguyen Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: IG @suu_aasaBlack Student Union (BSU)
Club President: Hunter Cordova Contact:email@example.com Social Media: LSA Facebook, IG @suulsa
Middle East Club (MEC)
Club President: Abdulelah (Abdul) Fakhrani Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: Middle East SUU Facebook, IG/Twitter @middleeastsuu
Native American Student Association (NASA)
Club President: Mahala Sutherland Contact:email@example.com Social Media: NASA Facebook, IG @nasa_suuPolynesian Club Club President: Victor Ledua Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org Social Media: PC Facebook , IG @suu.poly
Pride and Equality Club (PAEC)
Club President: Victor Carvajal-Lopez Contact:email@example.com Social Media: PAEC Facebook, IG @suu_paec
UndocuMigrant Alliance (UMA)
Club President: Erick Peña Contact:firstname.lastname@example.org
Social Media: IG @uma_suu
OUR MISSION 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.
CONTACT US Sharwan Smith Student Center, Room 101 and 102 email@example.com
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