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Honoring the Life and Contributions of Mr. Joseph V. Nicholas 


From: The State of Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission Members

Ms. Claudia Nakano, Executive Director, Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs Office.

Dr. Forrest C. Crawford, Co-Founder and Advisor Emeritus


Joseph V. Nicholas


On this day of March 13, 2015.

A Resolution to Honor the Life and Contributions of Mr. Joseph V. Nicholas

Where as Mr. Joseph V. Nicholas has been a notable servant in this community since 1998,

Where as Joseph Nicholas came to represent the virtues of high ethics, sound character and professionalism in all his civic duties,

Where as “Nick” was noble in his quest for human rights and compelled us all to “never give up on a worthy fight”,

Where as he thrived on building partnerships with students, non-profit organizations and faith-based communities as a way to strengthen ties towards seeking harmony,

Where as his work was varied from judging Martin Luther King, Jr. student essay speeches, keynoting talks to his colleagues of the Masonic Order locally and regionally to actively serving on committees too numerous to list including President of Ogden Utah’s Branch of NAACP and appointed member of Governor’s Gary Herbert’s state Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission.

Be it resolved and known to all that Mr. Joseph V. Nicholas has labored in this community in a memorable manner as we pray that God has stretched his loving arms toward him saying “… WELL DONE MY GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT”.

Blessing to the Community he served and the family he belongs.


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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol 2013

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol 2014

Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol

On March 14, 2013 over 500 students and 200 community members came together to celebrate Utah’s growing multicultural community. Governor Gary R. Herbert, Lt. Governor Greg Bell, Speaker of the House Rebecca Lockhart, and Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck addressed the audience and challenged students to stay in school and graduate. Governor Herbert motivated students by stating they are the future leaders of tomorrow and that “all too soon…you will be taking over.” Representative Lockhart followed the Governor’s speech with stories of her own cultural background and noted that “Utah is strong because of our diversity.” Representative Chavez-Houck stressed the importance of each student sharing their story and the imprint they will make in the state’s future. During this time educators and students in the community were recognized for their work in the community.

Community Education Recognitions were awarded to Frances P. Battle, Phil H. Uipi, and Dr. Jose Enriquez. Student recognitions were awarded to Esparanza Rocha, Moana Fololini ‘Ulu’ave, and Victor DeLara. Multicultural Affairs plans to continue this tradition and will invite students back to the Capitol next year during “Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol” on February 19th.

MYLD | Award Nominations

About     Award Nominations     Past Events

Student and Teacher Recognition Awards 

The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) looks to recognize outstanding students and teachers for their commitment to educational excellence. Every year MCA honors three students and three teachers during the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol.

Criteria for Student Nomination 

  • Actively participates in school or the community 
  • Inspires growth in fellow students 
  • Shows an openness and aptitude for connecting with other students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds 

Criteria for Teacher Nomination 

  • Inspires students to pursue higher education
  • Instills an excitement for learning in her/his students
  • Embraces diversity and makes learning personally and culturally relevant for students

 Nominations are now CLOSED. We would like to thank everyone who submitted a name for nomination.

2014 Year End Review

2014 has been an exciting year for us and we are grateful for the partnerships we have built and the friends we have made. Utah would not be half the state it is today without the leadership, examples and sources of inspiration that come from our multicultural communities.

This year We were able to work with a lot of amazing organizations and people. From our Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit to our collaboration with the the Division of Arts and Museums on a MLK art inspired art exhibit, it has been a fun year!

To see some of the projects we were able to work on, click on this link.

Happy 2015!