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.