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Meet the Team


Left to Right: Rozanna, Yajanetsy, and Jenny

Rozanna Benally-Sagg | Program Specialist
Ya’at’eeh. I am originally from southeastern Utah in a rural community named Montezuma Creek located on the Navajo Nation. Currently, I reside in West Valley City with my husband. In July 2015 I began my journey at the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs as a Program Specialist and enjoy working to support ethnic communities of Utah. I graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Hearing Sciences. After receiving my degree, I worked for 10 years in the speech-language pathology field in public schools and private speech therapy companies. I took a leap of faith and changed careers to support multicultural communities.

Jenny Hor | Executive Assistant
I am a second-generation Khmer (Cambodian) American whose commitments to underrepresented communities stem from my family’s harrowing journey to the U.S. As a senior member of the Khemera Dance Troupe, I perform classical and folk pieces from the Khmer dance repertoire. In 2014 I received my undergraduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies and Consumer and Community Studies from the University of Utah. I hope to continue the work of those before me in creating meaningful opportunities for communities of color.

Yajanetsy Ruano | Intern
I am a sociology major, who enjoys doing community work, and strives to be a voice for her community. I attend the University of Utah, and hope to get my Master’s soon after in a community based field. I also currently work with Gear Up at East High School as a tutor, and Comunidades Unidas (Communities United). My ultimate goal, is to work with a community based organization, or as an administrator in a University, or college helping students attain resources available, becoming a voice for the underrepresented community, and an example for our future generations.

MYLS 2015

About   MYLS 2015   Past Events

Tuesday, October 13, 2015
8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
South Towne Expo Center – Sandy, UT

MYLS_RegistrationOpens_FINALThe Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit (MYLS) is a one-day conference that brings together students, educators, and community and state government leaders from across the state. The goal of the MYLS is to provide participants with an inspiring experience to stimulate educational success and help shape the leaders of tomorrow.

This year’s program features CoolSpeak, a dynamic youth engagement organization, and local youth speakers who will share stories of their diverse educational experiences. Interactive breakout sessions will focus on the importance of maintaining cultural identity and pursuing higher education.

Registration is free for students (grades 6-12), educators, and community members. Organizations interested in tabling at the event will be assessed a $50 fee. Light breakfast and lunch are provided to all registered attendees.

Registration opens on Monday, August 31 and closes on Friday, October 2. For more information, please contact Jenny Hor at or (801) 245-7214.


7:30 – 8:30     Registration and Check-In / Light Breakfast

8:30 – 9:45     General Session I

9:45 – 10:00   Break and Visit Exhibits

10:00 – 11:20 General Session II

11:20 – 12:30 Lunch / Visit Exhibits

12:45 – 1:10  First Breakout Session

1:20 – 1:45    Second Breakout Session

1:55 – 2:30    Closing Session

MYLD 2016

About    MYLD 2016   Award Nominations   Past Events

Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda


Every year the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) invites middle school students to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol (MYLD). It is a day to engage youth in the legislative process and to gain an understanding of the importance of becoming informed and involved citizens of Utah. This is also an opportunity to educate legislators on the importance of investing in our youth and to encourage students to stay in school, graduate, and become our future leaders.


Opens Monday, January 4, 2016

MCA-MYLDay2016FlyerFINALThe event is for middle school students in 8th and 9th grade. Registration opens on Monday, January 4 and closes on Friday, January 29 . Each school is allowed a combined total of 50 students and educators. Educators need to register themselves and provide the number of students they anticipate on bringing. Students do not need to register for the event. If you have any questions, please contact Jenny Hor at or 801-245-7214. Click on the flyer to obtain your own copy of this year’s flyer.

Student and Educator Awards

MCA-MYLD16AwardsNominationflyerMCA seeks to recognize outstanding middle school students and educators for their commitment to educational excellence in Utah. This year, MCA will honor three students and three educators at this year’s event. Please submit nominations with a complete application and single paragraph explaining how the student or educator exemplifies the listed criteria. Nomination forms are available at and must be submitted by 5:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2016. If you would like a nomination form emailed to you, please contact Rozanna at or Jenny at

Student Criteria:

  • Current Utah middle school student (grades 8 to 9)
  • Actively participates in school or the community
  • Inspires growth in fellow students
  • Shows and openness and aptitude for connecting with other students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds.

Educator Criteria:

  • Currently Utah middle school educator (i.e., teacher, administrator, counselor, or paraprofessional)
  • 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

If selected, award recipients are highly encouraged to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol on February 16, 2016 to receive their award certificate and be honored during the MYLD program.


10:00 AM – 11:00 AM     General Session

  • Welcome – Dr. Rob Harter, Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission
  • Cultural Reverence – Rev. Stanley Ellington, True Vine Baptist Church & NAACP Ogden Branch
  • National Anthem – Viviena Wolfgramm, Dilworth Elementary School
  • Remarks – Julie Fisher, Utah Department of Heritage and Arts
  • Keynote Speaker – Gov. Gary R. Herbert, State of Utah
  • Student Speaker – Amerique Phillips, West High School
  • Spoken Word – Anita Juarez, Truth Cypher
  • Featured Speaker – Dr. Kyle Reyes, Utah Valley University
  • Performance – In His Service Steppers, True Vine Baptist Church
  • Spoken Word – Jarred Martinez, Truth Cypher
  • Excellence in Education Awards Presentation – Sen. Jani Iwamoto, Utah State Senate; Rep. Sophia DiCaro, Utah House of Representatives
  • Black History Awareness Month – Dr. Jackie Thompson, Davis School District; Eddy Thompson, True Vine Baptist Church

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM     Lunch

11:45 AM – 12:45 AM     Capitol Tours

12:45 PM – 1:00 PM        Schools Depart

Student Capitol Tours

The tours are for 20 minutes and each tour will visit six different rooms throughout the Capitol. They include:

  • Gold Room
  • Governor’s Office
  • Capitol Rotunda
  • House Chamber
  • Supreme Court Chamber
  • Hall of Governors

In order for the students to explore all areas, in your group and in other groups, a strict schedule of the tours will be necessary. Below you will find the schedules which will set a route for your group within your 20 minute period. It is suggested you spend no more than 4 minutes in each room to ensure your tour ends as scheduled. To conclude your 20 minute tour you will be meeting in the Hall of Governors for a student activity, which includes a piece of paper and a crayon. A map and specific routes will be provided on the day of the event.

11:45 am – 12:05 pm

Group 1 – Bennion Jr. High School

Group 2 – Glendale Middle School

Group 3 – Ogden Preparatory Academy

11:55 am – 12:15 pm

Group 4 – Frontier Middle School, Pacific Heritage Academy, North Davis Prep Academy

Group 5 – Sunset Jr. High School, Eagle View Elementary School

12:05 pm – 12:25 pm

Group 6 – North Davis Jr. High School, Central Davis Jr. High School

Group 7 – West Lake Jr. High School

Group 8 – Evergreen Jr. High School, Matheson Jr. High School

 12:15 pm – 12:35 pm

Group 9 – Nibley Park School, V(i)llage

Group 10 – Clarke N. Johnsen Jr. High School, Tooele Jr. High School

12:25 pm – 12:45 pm

Group 11 – Christian Center of Park City, East High School, Highland High School


MCA is reaching out to the community for their assistance in gathering volunteers for this year’s MYLD event. Specific volunteer shifts are listed below. If you plan to volunteer for this year’s MYLD, please register through the link below and plan to attend a short volunteer training on Monday, February 9 at the Rio Grande Depot. There will be two options for the training: 10:00 AM in the West Lecture Hall or 5:15 PM in the Board Room. You will only need to attend one of the sessions and the training should last 30 to 45 minutes. The address for the Rio Grande is 300 South Rio Grande Street, Salt Lake City, UT 84101. Parking is available in the north lot.

**MCA asks if you can no longer volunteer please notify Yajanetsy Ruano, at, at least three days before the event to find a replacement.**

Volunteer Shifts:

  • 8:30 AM to 11:00 AM Setup
  • 9:15 AM to 11:00 AM Check-in & Information Table
  • 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Crowd Management & Ushering
  • 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Assist with Capitol Tours
  • 1:00 PM to 1:45 PM   Cleanup


MLK Commission for Human Rights | 25th Anniversary MLK Commission Celebration

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Utah MLK Commission 25th Anniversary Celebration
Thursday, December 10, 2015
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda

The Utah Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights (MLK) Commission is celebrating 25 years of keeping Dr. King’s dream alive in Utah. The celebration is open to the public and free. For more information, view the flyer and video below.

25th Anniversary MLK Commission Celebration


Thank you to our sponsors for making this possible:




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Industrial Supply Company
University of Utah Ethnic Studies Program-African American Division
Weber State University Diversity Office
Dr. Forrest Crawford
Human Rights Center of Utah
Salt Lake Community College




Diversity Scholarship Database

College can be expensive but it doesn’t mean that you can’t find ways to pay for it. Scholarships and grants will play a vital role in financing your education. We have compiled a list of local and national scholarships that you can apply for to help curb the cost of college.

Some other resources that we think will be helpful is this college resource guide for diverse and multicultural students. While you are there also make sure to check out this list of the 50 best colleges for Hispanic students.You can also find stories of educational success here, for your daily inspiration.

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