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Leadership Day 2017

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, March 1, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Utah State Capitol Rotunda


Every year the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) invites Utah students to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. 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 for legislators to interact with high school students and educators, and to encourage students to stay in school, graduate, and become future Utah leaders.


UPDATE: The registration deadline has been extended to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017, and specific registration requirements have changed.

Registration is free. Capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register as soon as possible. *Please note: The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) implemented changes to this year’s registration criteria and requirements. Educators and/or Chaperones are required to accompany their students.

  • Requirement: A maximum of 26 students and educators per school No maximum capacity per school, but follow the required student and educator ratio.
  • Requirement: 1 educator per 12 students 25 students.
  • Leadership Day is for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and educators.
    All 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students are invited to register, but MCA highly encourages students who are enrolled in U.S. Government & Citizenship courses, involved in a student leadership program, of underrepresented backgrounds, and/or interested in civic engagement, to attend.
  • The Parent Questionnaire is voluntary, and should be completed by the student’s parent or guardian.

Registration opens Thursday, January 19 and closes Friday, February 17, 2017 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 22, 2017. This year, capacity is set for 300 students and educators, so register promptly as slots will fill up fast.

PARENT QUESTIONNAIRE – Please complete this form after you register.
MCA invites parents (or guardians) to complete a parent questionnaire, and participation is voluntary. The parent questionnaire helps the Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) determine if we are reaching a diverse group of students during the Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol. MCA invites you to complete the following form, because your child will attend the Leadership Day with their school. For parents who choose to participate, their child’s information remains confidential. The acknowledgement section is removed before any data collection, which means their responses do not identify them or their child’s name. We ask educators to collect the forms and provide them to MCA on the day of the event or email to To print the Parent Questionnaire, click MYLD_Parent_Questionnaire.

If you have any questions regarding Registration, please contact Itzel Hernandez at or 801-245-7282. Click on the link to obtain your own copy of this year’s flyer, MYLD_2017_Flyer.

Excellence in Education Awards

Nomination submissions closed

As an integral part of the Leadership Day, the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) seeks to recognize extraordinary students and educators who help advance civic learning and engagement with Utah’s multicultural communities. This award is presented to up to three students and three educators from Utah high schools (10th, 11th, 12th grades) as deemed appropriate by the office.

1. The nominee has been personally involved in making tangible, visible, and meaningful contributions to the advancement of civic engagement among diverse communities.
2. A descriptive summary about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria.
3. The nominee must not have previously received the award.

Examples of the type of honorees MCA seeks to recognize include but are not limited to the following:

  • Advancing Civics Learning and Engagement. Who proactively seizes opportunities to promote civics and service learning with diverse communities? We encourage the nomination of individuals who continuously seek opportunities to initiate partnerships with individuals, organizations, and multicultural communities to elevate and expand civic engagement.
  • Embracing Social and Intercultural Awareness. Who shows an understanding and sensitivity to the civic issues impacting people from various cultural communities? MCA seeks the nomination of people who actively help others better understand and appreciate Utah’s multicultural communities and the civic issues that directly impact them.
  • Facilitating Change. Who encourages others to seek opportunities for different and innovative approaches to civic learning and democratic engagement? We ask for the nomination of individuals who support and use good ideas to solve problems and address civic issues relevant to diverse communities in Utah.

MCA aims to celebrate the nominees who initiate new ideas and involve people, organizations, and diverse communities to be engaged in Utah’s civic and democratic life.

  • The promotion of an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.
  • The collaboration with others that advance a local or regional vision and narrative for civic engagement.
  • The support for civic success outcomes for diverse students, schools, and diverse communities.


  • A completed nomination form with appropriate signatures and contact information.
  • A descriptive summary written by the nominator about the nominee’s qualifications as related to the applicable selection criteria (Please note: three pages maximum, submitted in letter format).
  • The award nomination form is due Monday, February 13, 2017.

Submit online nominations by clicking the button below. If you would like to print a nomination form, click MYLD_Award_Nomination_Form and email your complete nomination packet to Rozanna Benally-Sagg at For more information call 801-245-7210.

If selected, award recipients are highly encouraged to attend Leadership Day on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to receive their award certificate and be honored during the main program.

General Agenda

9:30-10:00 AM – Attendees Check-In
10:00-10:50 – Main Program – Speakers, Cultural Performers, Education Awards Presentation
10:40-10:50 – Break
10:50-11:20 – Team Red – Workshop (Auditorium), Team Blue – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda)
11:20-11:30 – Break
11:30 AM-12:00 PM – Team Red – Self-guided Capitol Tours, Exhibitors (Rotunda), Team Blue – Workshop (Auditorium)
12:00-12:30 – Closing Session, Lunch
12:30 – Students Depart

Workshop, Capitol Tours & Exhibitors

Each student and educator is assigned a group, either Team Red or Team Blue. According to your assigned group, you will be attending a workshop, self-guided capitol tour or interacting with exhibitors during your designated time.

WORKSHOP – Team Red-10:50-11:20 AM; Team Blue-11:30 AM-12:00 PM
The workshop is designed to create an interactive experience for the high school students and educators. The workshop will include a panel discussion, interactive activity, and a reflection activity. The workshop will take place in the State Office Building Auditorium.

CAPITOL TOURS & EXHIBITORS – Team Red-11:30 AM-12:00 PM; Team Blue-10:50-11:20 AM
Students and educators can engage in a self-guided capitol tour using the Self-Guided Tour pamphlet, or visit the available exhibit tables located in the Capitol Rotunda. Educators will lead their group of students on self-guided tours at their leisure. Exhibitors are available during this time and will encompass various organizations throughout the state, targeting youth and civic engagement.


MCA is seeking volunteers for this year’s Leadership Day event. Detailed information is forthcoming, or you can contact Itzel Hernandez at to inquire. Once assigned, MCA asks if you can no longer volunteer please notify Itzel, at least three days before the event to find a replacement.

MLK Commission | MLK Awards

About Us     Commission Members     News     MLK Awards     25th Anniversary Celebration

Utah’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Human Rights Commission is a non-partisan, non-legislative, non-judiciary, and non-religious group created by executive order on July 1, 1991 and overseen by the Governor. The primary role of the commission in the state is to honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. throughout the year, by promoting equity, diversity, and human rights through education and training as well as creating greater awareness around issues of justice. The Commission consists of various members who represent the diversity of the State of Utah and each member has been appointed by the Governor.

One of the ways that the Commission seeks to accomplish their mission is through recognizing and affirming individuals and organizations who serve as models of Dr. King’s legacy of supporting human rights. Award recipients and organizations will be those who help to promote justice, value equity and envision solutions to the many inequalities that characterize the world we live in while demonstrating the courage to act and to persevere in the face of challenging circumstances.

This award is presented up to three times per calendar year as deemed appropriate by the Commission.

Voter Registration Day

National Voter Registration Day
Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Purpose – The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) is partnering with the National Voter Registration Day organization this year to help increase voter registration and election day engagement in Utah. MCA reached out to other Utah Department of Heritage & Arts divisions and community organizations, to collaborate efforts. Those entities include: Utah Division of Arts & Museums, Utah Division of Indian Affairs, Utah State Library Division, Utah Division of State History, West Valley Library (Salt Lake County), Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake, Comunidades Unidas, and National Tongan American Society. This event is a one-day event to help register or re-register voters before the voter registration deadlines.


Day of Event (In-Person)

On-site Voter Registration: Select one of the voter registration sites listed below. At any of these sites you can register or re-register to vote with a paper form or online.  Certain sites will have online access to register. The process can take 15 to 30 minutes. After, your paper voter registration forms will be securely delivered to Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office.
Mail-In Voter Registration: We highly encourage you to fill out your registration form on-site. However, you have the option of picking up a mail-in voter registration form on-site to fill out on your own time and mail the form.
**This is a non-partisan event, so please no political candidate campaigning at the listed voter registration sites.**


Voter Registration Sites

West Valley Library (Salt Lake County) – map
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
2880 West 3650 South
West Valley City, 84119
For more information, visit or contact Rozanna at or 801-245-7210, or Jenny at or 801-245-7214.
Registration modes: Paper Forms, Online

Chase Home Museum of Utah Folk Artsmap
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Liberty Park
Salt Lake City, 84105
For more information visit or contact Sabrina at or 801-245-7285.
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Urban Indian Center of Salt Lakemap
1:00 – 6:00 p.m.
120 West 1300 South
Salt Lake City, 84115
For more information, contact James at or 801-715-6702.
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Bookmobiles (Utah State Library Division)
All locations and times as scheduled
Registration modes: Paper Forms, Online

Comunidades Unidasmap
8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
1750 W. Research Way
Suite 102
West Valley City, 84116
For more information, visit or contact Mayra at or 801-487-4143.

National Tongan American Society Officemap
11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
3007 S. West Temple
Salt Lake City, 84115
For more information visit or contact Lavinia at or 801-467-8712.

Other Dates and Locations to Register

September 14, 21, and 28
During Utah Division of State History’s Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
State Archives – map
346 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, 84101
Registration modes: Paper Forms

Now through November 1
Bookmobiles (Utah State Library Division)
All locations and times as scheduled


Voter Registration Deadlines

In Person:
County Clerk’s Office – To register to vote in person, visit your county clerk’s office by November 1. You will not be eligible to vote during early voting, but you will be able to vote on Election Day at your polling location. Find your polling location at
Visit these Agencies – You may also register to vote in person at the following agencies by October 9, The Drivers License Division, Division of Workforce Services, Utah State Department of Health, Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Offices, The Division of Services for People with Disabilities, The Department of Rehabilitation, or Public college and universities.

By Mail: To register to vote by mail, send your completed Voter Registration Form to your county clerk’s office, postmarked no later than October 9.

Online: To register to vote online, visit The last day to register is November 1. You may also change your name or address on your voter registration record, affiliate with a party or change your party affiliation, or request an absentee ballot.


Voter Registration Documents and Flyers

Official Flyer – Registration_Sept27

Flyer with Voter Registration Deadlines – Registration_Info

State of Utah Voter Registration Form – Utah Voter Registration Form

List of County Clerk Offices in Utah – County_Clerks



Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit 2016

About     MYLS 2016     Past Events

Monday, October 3, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center – Salt Lake City

Update: The Summit will now begin at 9:00 a.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.


The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit is a one-day program that brings youth, educators, parents, and community members together in a conference-type setting. The focus is to inspire middle school students to become community leaders and encourage them to reach their educational goals. A majority of students are leaders in their own schools; our intent is to motivate them to continue succeeding in school and enroll into higher education institutions.


Opens on Thursday, September 1 and closes on Monday, September 19

Registration is free for students, educators, and community members. A light breakfast and box lunch are provided to all registered attendees. *Please note: The Office of Multicultural Affairs (MCA) implemented changes to this year’s registration.

  • The event is for 7th, 8th, and 9th grade students.
  • A maximum of 100 students can attend per school.
  • One adult must accompany every 25 students. (Example: If 60 students attend, two adults must also attend.)

The cost to table is $100. The fee covers a topped and skirted table with seating and lunch tickets for two individuals. If you need to provide payment by check, please contact Jenny Hor (information listed below).

Questionnaire Form

MCA collects student data to determine if the division is reaching a diverse group of students. Participation is voluntary. If parents participate, please fill out the acknowledgement section and answer the questions. If parents do not participate, please only fill out the acknowledgement section. The form can be found below.


For parents who wish to participate, their child’s information remains confidential. The acknowledgement section is removed before any data collection, which means their responses do not identify them or their child’s name.

We kindly ask educators to collect the forms and provide them to MCA on the day of the event.


Registration 8:00 am – 9:00 am
General Session 9:00 am – 10:30 am
Break 10:30 am – 10:45 am
Breakout Session 1 10:45 am – 11:15 am
Lunch 11:15 am – 12:15 pm
Break 12:15 pm – 12:30 pm
Breakout Session 2 12:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Break 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Breakout Session 3 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Break 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Closing Session 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm


Rozanna Benally-Sagg
office phone: 801-245-7210
Jenny Hor
office phone: 801-245-7214


We thank the following sponsors for their generous support.

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Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit

About     Past Events

In support of Governor Gary R. Herbert’s ‘66 by 2020’ education initiative, a state goal that 66 percent of all working-age Utahns will hold a post-secondary degree or certificate by 2020, the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs hosted the first annual Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit on April 30, 2013 at the Davis Conference Center in Layton, Utah. MCA has since hosted Summits at Weber State University, Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center, and South Towne Exposition Center.

MCA plans to host this event every fall during the school year with hopes that students learn how they can be agents of positive social change.

Multicultural Affairs Events Calendar

The Multicultural Affairs events calendar is updated every Friday and consists of activities/programs hosted by the various ethnic communities in Utah. These events add a rich sense of culture to our state and provides diverse experiences for our fellow citizens to enjoy.

Submit an Event
To have your event featured on our Calendar of Events please contact Rozanna at or Jenny at Please note all events are subject to approval and the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs reserves the right to edit submissions of any event information.



17 | Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, Advanced Film Screening


14 | NAVAJO MATH CIRCLES film screening
17 | Judge for a Day Program applications due
18 | Utah Valley University 8th annual Japan Culture Night
21 | STEP film screening
23 | Living Legends: Seasons
24-25 | Brigham Young University 36th Annual Harold A. Cedartree Memorial Pow wow
31 | Utah Valley University Contest Pow wow


1 | Utah Valley University Contest Powwow
1 | Southern Utah University 39th Annual Benefit Pow wow
29 | Provo School District Dancing Strong Youth Pow wow


19-21 | Living Traditions Festival 2017


9 | Utah Peer Conference
10 | Utah Asian Festival
June 12-August 2 | University of Utah REFUGES Bridge Program