Newsletter 6: October 19th, 2020

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:
  1. Are self-identified as Black, Indigenous, and/or a Person of Color
  2. Live in Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, or a Tribal Nation in the region
  3. 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.

For more information, please visit
SUWA's website, or email them at

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 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.

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:

Job Opportunity: Coordinator for Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club

The Milwaukee Brewers baseball club is looking for a Coordinator of Baseball Diversity Initiatives. In this position, you will support the Club diversity, equity and inclusion efforts contributing to the development of minor league players, with special focus on supporting and advocating for minority players. You will also mentor, advise and provide support for players as they develop personally and professionally as baseball players, as well as enhance awareness and appreciation for cultural diversity across the organization and with the community. For more information and to apply, click 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 October 



Noche de Logros Virtual Art Contest
Imaginemos Utah, a Network of Latinx leaders in Utah grounded in Norms and aligned to the Collective Vision created by the rising young Latinx community under Casa Quetzalcoatl, is holding a Virtual Art Contest through their Noche de Logros event. The contest is open to all Latinx young adults from ages 18-40.  The theme for this event is "Celebrate Life," and it will take place via zoom on October 24, from 3-5 pm.  The submission deadline for art is October 19. For more details on this event or if you're interested in joining the contest, please follow this link.

International Pronouns Day Q & A
Come join the Pride Alliance, the Pride and Equality Club, and the CDI for an informative Q&A panel on pronouns. If you're wanting to learn how to be a better friend and a better ally to the trans community, you can ask questions to learn more about the importance of addressing someone by their correct pronouns, why it's always better to ask rather than assume which ones they use, and more. All questions will be sent in anonymously. The event will take place in the Student Center Living Room on Wednesday, October 21 at 11 AM to 12 PM.

Night at the Ballad
Looking for an excuse to pull out your suits and long gowns? Come to the Middle East Club's black tie event this Thursday, October 22 from 7 to 10 PM in the Student Center Ballroom. Sparkling grape juice and a dinner set with be served, accompanied by the SUU Orchestra, the SUU Art Department, and the SUU Ballroom Dance team. The entry ticket costs $15, and all proceeds will go towards the Middle East Club, the SUU Art Department, the SUU Ballroom Dance team, and charity. There will also be a raffle for prizes. To RSVP and buy tickets, click here!

President's Book Club
This month, the President's Book Club is reading Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. This alternate history novel tells the story of Cora and Caesar, two slaves in the southeastern United States during the 19th century, who make a bid for freedom from their Georgia plantations by following the Underground Railroad, which the novel depicts as primarily a rail transport system in addition to a series of safe houses and secret routes. If you're interested in reading and discussing this book, the club will meet on Thursday, October 22 to do so. For more information, please contact the club's president, Ashton Weagle through

Miss Native American Applications Open!
The Native American Student Association of Southern Utah University will be holding its annual Miss Native American SUU (NASUU) Scholarship Pageant on Saturday, November 21, 2020. The pageant will be a stepping stone to encourage young women to strive for self improvement, leadership, and the opportunity to represent Southern Utah University as an official ambassador on behalf of Native American students. A scholarship will be awarded to the newly crowned Miss Native American SUU for the 2020-2021 academic school year. To get an application, please contact Mahala Sutherland or Landry Igiraneza, the Coordinator of the CDI. Applications will close on Friday, October 30 at 5 PM.

Utah Humanities Virtual Book Festival: Marginalized Voices
The Utah Humanities program is proud to highlight the voices of historically marginalized groups, including the LGBTQ+ community and minoritized ethnic groups. From readings and Q&A’s with indigenous women authors to deep dives into Ethiopian history with Maaza Mengiste, this year’s authors cover themes as far-ranging as social justice, identity, immigration, history, and more. For more information, click here or contact Willy Palomo at

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, 8 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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