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Telling My Utah Story

Letter-Writing Contest

Students are the next generation of leaders in Utah. Leaders know who represents them in public office and become engaged in the civic process. What are you passionate about? If you’re a student who attended Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol on March 7, enter this letter writing competition.

Qualified entries are entered into a drawing for the chance to win a ticket to attend Hamilton with Lt. Governor Spencer J. Cox on April 19.

Entries accepted from March 6 – March 13.

> “Telling My Utah Story” Letter Writing Competition
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Leadership Summit 2018 Travel Grants

The Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs is awarding travel grants up to $400 each to select Utah schools with 7th, 8th, or 9th grades to attend the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit in October. We aim to engage youth statewide in leadership, encourage enrollment in higher education or career and technical education programs, and promote an inclusive climate for all of Utah.

The mission of the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs
is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.


  • This grant is open to Utah schools with grades 7th, 8th, and 9th.
  • The Leadership Summit will be held in October 2018 – exact location and date will be announced spring 2018.
  • Travel grants may only be used for transportation and/or lodging expenses for the Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit 2018.
  • Grants will be disbursed through a check payable to the grantee school name.
  • Grantee requirements (once granted): attendee list, parent questionnaires, actual cost report, copies of lodging and transportation receipts, post phone conference, and student and chaperone experience statement(s) 15 days after the Leadership Summit.


If you are interested in applying click here or access the form:


Application Opens: Friday, February 16, 2018
Application Closes: Friday, May 18, 2018
Applicants Notified: By no later than Friday, June 8, 2018


Applications will be reviewed by a selection committee within the Department of Heritage and Arts.


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Contact Rozanna Benally-Sagg at, Itzel Hernandez at or Jenny Hor at

Leadership brochure: Learn more by clicking, Youth_Leadership_Brochure

Leadership Day 2018

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March 7, 2018
9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Utah State Capitol
350 North State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114

Multicultural Youth Leadership Day at the Capitol is an annual event, hosted by the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs, for 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and educators. The program engages youth in the legislative process and promotes the importance of becoming informed and involved citizens.

The mission of the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs
is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.
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Leadership Summit 2017

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October 16, 2017
9:00 am-1:30 pm

South Towne Exposition Center
9575 South State Street
Sandy, Utah 84070

The Multicultural Youth Leadership Summit is an annual event for 7th, 8th and 9th grade students and educators, hosted by the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs and supports Governor Gary R. Herbert’s ’66 by 2020′ college and career ready initiative. This engaging and dynamic one-day program aims to motivate all students to pursue higher education and become leaders of Utah.

The mission of the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs
is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah’s multicultural communities.


Target Audience: Students, parents, educators, community leaders
Grades: 7, 8, 9
Group size: One or more adult chaperones for every 25 student group; maximum of 100 students per school
Registration: Required before October 9, click here
Conference prep: Yes; 10 minute Parent_Questionnaire; email completed survey and/or submit hard copies at the check-in table; the Utah Office of Multicultural Affairs collects student data to determine if the division is reaching a diverse group of students; participation is voluntary and information is kept confidential.
Cost: Free; includes complimentary light breakfast and lunch
Program length: Check in at 8:00 am; depart at 1:30 pm
Agenda: 2017_Agenda
Parking: Free; map; school buses are allowed to drop off students and park in the north lot of the building.
Exhibitors: Located in the foyer upon entering Exhibit Hall 4
Contact: Rozanna Benally-Sagg,, 801-245-7210; Jenny Hor,, 801-245-7214


We are seeking 25 volunteers for the day of the event
● Those interested may sign up at:
● Volunteer recruitment will end on Monday, October 9


Leadership brochure: Learn more by clicking, Youth_Leadership_Brochure


Premier Sponsor:

Gold Sponsors:

Silver Sponsors:

Bronze Sponsors:

Additional Contributors:

Dr. Marc Babitz
Dr. Forrest Crawford
Dr. Tino Nyawelo
Edward Thompson Jr.

King Conversation Series

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The Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Commission commits to providing King Conversation Series to communities in Utah, which provide an opportunity to reflect on Dr. King ’s legacy of service and its meaning in today’s world. Past topics included Juneteenth, LBGT Equality, Women and Girls in Educational Opportunities, and other topics around human rights, diversity and equality.

As a Commission, we hope these conversations provide an opportunity for people to come together for thoughtful discussion and dialogue, even if they don’t share each other’s values or experiences. Our ultimate goal is that each conversation will celebrate and explore service and civil rights as a jumping-off point to explore the personal and social importance of public service and civic engagement.

Upcoming King Conversation Series

Stereotypes, Prejudices + Implicit Biases

Thursday, May 4, 2017 | 5:45 to 8:40 PM
Salt Lake City Public Library
210 East 400 South
Level Four Conference Room
Salt Lake City, UT 84111

We invite you to join us for an adventure into the world of respectful dialogue where prejudices & biases need not be the end of a conversation, but the beginning of a new one. For more information visit the Village Square or register for the event below.

Executive Order

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Executive Order
Creating the Utah Multicultural Affairs Office and Utah Multicultural Commission

WHEREAS, the character of Utah has been shaped by diverse ethnic nationalities who have settled within the State, both recently and several generations ago. This diversity enhances Utah’s growth, prosperity and success;

WHEREAS, the State has a fast-growing ethnic population;

WHEREAS, the State has an interest in continuing to help maximize the potential of its constituents by remaining responsive to the needs of the ethnic community;

WHEREAS, it is in the best interest of the State to address issues of concern that impact the ethnic community by promoting inclusiveness and cultivating trust and cooperation between State government and the ethnic community; and

WHEREAS, the Governor and his administration support the intent to ensure Utah State government adequately meets the needs of Utah’s ethnic community;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gary R. Herbert, Governor of the State of Utah, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the State of Utah, do hereby order the following:

1.There is created within the Utah Department of Heritage and Arts the Utah Multicultural Affairs Office. The Governor shall appoint a director for the Multicultural Affairs Office.

2. There is created the Utah Multicultural Commission.

a. The Multicultural Commission shall consist of members appointed by the Governor. Members will represent State agencies and leadership within the ethnic community.

b. The Governor will appoint Commission members to serve one-year, two-year or three-year terms but at all times Commission members shall serve at the pleasure of the Governor and may be removed by the Governor at any time. The Governor may adjust the length of terms to ensure that the terms of board members are staggered.

c. The Lieutenant Governor shall serve as chair of the Commission.

d. The Multicultural Commission shall meet at least every other month.

3. The Multicultural Affairs Office will support the Multicultural Commission in its work to accomplish the following:

a. Partner with State agencies to assure equity and access to culturally competent programs and services; to discuss policies, practices and procedures; and to make recommendations to ensure proper delivery of State services and resources to the ethnic community.

b. Partner with State agencies to ensure proper outreach and response to the ethnic community about State government’s programs and resources.

c. Develop a strategic plan to identify needs, goals, and deliverables that will directly impact the most significant needs of the ethnic community.

d. Report to the Governor’s Office as needed about State government’s responsiveness to the ethnic community of Utah and other issues impacting these constituents.

4. The Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts shall supervise the Multicultural Affairs Office.

5. State Agency Executive Directors shall work closely with the Director of Multicultural Affairs to coordinate projects, resources and activities to better serve the ethnic community.

6. The Department of Heritage and Arts shall provide necessary administrative support to assist the Office in performing its duties. The Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts shall determine the types and kind of administrative support.

7. Funding for the Multicultural Affairs Office shall be contingent upon appropriations from the Utah State Legislature.

8. Members of the Commission shall receive no compensation or benefits for their services, but may receive, subject to budget availability, per diem and expenses incurred in the performance of the member’s official duties at the rates established by the Division of Finance under Utah Code Sections 63A-3-106 and 63A-3-107. Members may decline to receive per diem and expenses for their service. All such per diem payments and reimbursements must be approved by the Executive Director of the Department of Heritage and Arts, and must be funded from the Department’s existing budget.

9. This Executive Order supersedes Executive Order EO/01/2012 and any other Executive Order directly referencing the State Office of Ethnic Affairs and/or State Ethnic Advisory Councils.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused to be affixed the Great Seal of the State of Utah. Done in Salt Lake City, Utah, this 29th day of August 2013.

(State Seal)

Gary R. Herbert


Greg Bell
Lieutenant Governor


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

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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.