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Multicultural Commission | News

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July 7,2014 – Tuesday July, 15 2014, The Multicultural Commission Meeting will be held on July 15, 2014 the the Christian Center of Park City. The meeting will run from 10:00 – 11:30 AM, members from the community are encouraged to attend.

June 4,2014 – Byron Russell, Co-Chair of the MCC was featured in a DownTown SLC Magazine article, “Connecting the Dots”. Check it out for a fun read and to see the amazing things that Byron does!

Youth Programs – Multicultural Affairs

Joaquin Zihuatanejo, poet, spoken word artist, and award-winning teacher and member of CoolSpeak recited the following poem “The Perfect Vision: A Poem for the 66% by 2020 Initiative” at the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit.

In support of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s education initiative ‘66% by 2020,’ a state goal that 66% of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020, the Utah Multicultural Affairs Office hosted the first annual “Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit” on April 30, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah.

This one-day, conference-style program brought together over 500 students and 150 parents, educators, state officials, and community members for a series of presentations and breakout sessions encouraging youth to bridge the gap between themselves and their communities.

Lt. Governor Greg Bell welcomed students while KUTV News Anchor Cristina Flores and Senator Ross Romero emceed the event. CoolSpeak, a youth engagement company, facilitated breakout sessions centered around this year’s theme, “I am the CHANGE. It’s up to ME!”

Breakout sessions focused on leadership and empowerment, the importance of a college education/financial literacy, the power of youth, effective communication skills, and appreciating our differences. Parents and educators also had the opportunity to attend a special breakout session discussing ways to engage and serve our diverse students.

As part of the generous sponsorships by American Express, Chevron, KUTV Channel 2 News, and Zions Bank, each student received a 12X14 poster featuring CoolSpeak. After the event concluded, members of CoolSpeak met with students one-on-one to take pictures and sign posters.

Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit Poster

Multicultural Affairs plans to host this event again on October 30, 2013 with hopes that at each Summit students learn how they can be agents of positive social change in an increasingly diverse and multicultural community and that Utah’s youth dream bigger, try harder, and GRADUATE!

Join us as partners for the next Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit on October 30, 2013! We have several sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Samantha Eldridge at (801) 245-7210 or

Utah Multicultural Commission

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On January 17, 2012 Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell established the Utah Multicultural Commission who collaborates with Multicultural Affairs to identify and discuss issues and concerns of the ethnic constituents of Utah.

The Multicultural Commission will work to accomplish the following:

  • Gather and discuss information about the issues and concerns of the ethnic constituents of Utah, which are influenced by the State.
  • Develop recommendations as to how the State can respond to issues impacting the ethnic constituents of Utah.
  • Review State agency responses to recommendations provided by the Multicultural Commission.
  • Make recommendations to the Governor about State policy, programs, and projects and their impact on ethnic constituents.
  • Provide recommendations of ethnic constituents who can serve on advisory boards, commissions, and other positions in State Government.
  • Collaborate with the Multicultural Affairs Office to develop and implement a strategic plan for the Multicultural Affairs Office and Commission.
  • Report to the Governor as needed to provide information on the needs of the community, report on accomplishments, and receive feedback from the Governor.

The character of Utah has been shaped by people of diverse ethnic cultural backgrounds, who have settled within the State. This diversity is the very fiber that has allowed us to grow, prosper and succeed as a State.

Meeting Schedule
The Commission meets every third Tuesday every other month. For more information contact Stanford Kekauoha at 801-245-7210 or

Executive Order
Governor’s Executive Order: Creating the Utah Multicultural Affairs and Utah Multicultural Commission signed by Governor Gary R. Herbert and Lt. Governor Greg Bell on January 17, 2012.