Educational Programs and Campaigns

The Center for Diversity and Inclusion (CDI) provides students with specialized professional development and educational programming, where challenges specific to marginalized students are addressed. The Know Your Rights training was a collaboration between the CDI and the Cedar City police department to inform students about their constitutional rights when interacting with law enforcement. The CDI prepares students for their future careers by providing workshops on how to run for student government, apply to graduate school, and more.

Reppin' Diversity on Campus. How to run for Studnet Government. Join the CDI for a Q&A panel with current and former student body officials about what it takes to run for office.

CDI's Know Your Rights Workshop. Come learn about your constitutional rights in you encounter interactions with law enforcement. Free snacks and refreshments. This event is open to everyone. Sept 26.

Grad Skool Workshop: CV's, SOP's, and GRE's. What to bring: a hard copy of your CV/Resume, a hard copy of you statement of purpose, tailored to one school, a notebook, positive attitude. Thurs, Nov 1 in the CDI

My Culture is Not a Costume

My Culture is Not a Costume* was an awareness campaign from the Center for Diversity & Inclusion aimed at raising awareness around the issues with cultural appropriation and the misrepresentation and stereotyping of cultures that continually stigmatize and overgeneralize marginalized communities. The aim of the campaign is to start a productive dialogue about how costumes and style can function to perpetuate misunderstanding about the real life experience of different cultural populations and in turn, negatively affecting the perceptions of them. All of the costumes held by our SUU students in the flyers have been used recently during Halloween time by users unaware or unwilling to see the impact these costumes can have on people who come from the cultures misrepresented in the images. Staff at the Center for Diversity & Inclusion are happy to engage in conversation about this campaign if you have questions.

*This campaign was inspired from the "We're a Culture, Not a Costume" initiative at Ohio University and other nationwide conversations about cultural appropriation.

My culture is not a costume. All shaades of skin are beautiful. Wear your own.

My culture is not a costume. Disrespect is not cute.

My culture is not a costume. Your costume dishonors our heritage.

Heritage Months

Celebrating Black History Month

Native American Heritage Month. Join the CDI this November as we honor Indegenous communities and learn from their rich traditions and histories of resistance. WE honor Native land by achnowledging our history and remembering that Southern Utah University sits on Paiute land.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Women's History Month. This Women's history month, remember to keep your feminism intersectional and to empower all women in ou T-Bird community. Celebrate Women of Color. Celebrate Trans Women. Celebrate Low Income Women. Celebrate Women with Disabilities.

Black Solidarity

Martin Luther King Day March

MLK eventDay march

MLK eventDay march


Celebrating Juneteenth. Celebrating Freedom and an Ongoing fight for Justice

Flag of Mexico and of Puerto Rico

Latinx and Latin American Solidarity

In Solidarity with Mexico and Puerto Rico

In response to the natural disasters striking Mexico and Puerto Rico September 2017, the CDI created a passive campaign in collaboration with the Latinx Student Alliance to stand in solidarity and raise awareness.

LGBTQIA+ Solidarity

WGS & UCRH Program Present: Intersex & the Power in a Name. Dr. Georgiann Davis, intersex scholar, Assistant Professor of Sociology, UNLV. Author of 'Contesting Intersex: The Dubious Diagnosis'. In her talk, Dr. Davis will discuss how the introduction of Disordor of Dex Development termiology allowed doctors to reclaim jurisdiction over the intersex body. Throughout her talk, she will describe how intersex people navigate their lives, specifically relationships with families and medical providers.

Intersex and the Power in a Name

The CDI co-sponsored a talk with Women & Gender Studies and Utah’s Center for Rural Health Program by intersex scholar Dr. Georgiann Davis. In her talk, Dr. Davis discussed how the introduction of Disorder of Sex Development terminology allowed doctors to reclaim jurisdiction over the intersex body and the how intersex people navigate gender in today’s society.

Angelica Ross and Exploring Trans Identity

In preparation for Angelica Ross’s visit on campus, the CDI held Exploring Trans Identity, a conversation where misconceptions about trans identity were addressed. Angelica Ross is an American businesswoman, an actress, and a transgender rights advocate.

Exploring Trans Identity. Addressing misconceptions about transgender identity, trans allyship & discussion about popular media showin authentic trans experiences.

Identity Week Speaker: Angelica Ross. American Businesswoman. Actress. Transgender Rights Advocate. Star in Emmy-Nominated Series, HerStory. 2016 Visibility Award, Human Rights Campaign.

Native American Solidarity

Indiginous People's Day. Today we honor indigenous peoples. We resist versions of American history that erase the contributions of indigenous nationas and the violence of colonialism. We challenge celebrations of colonizers like Columbus and stand alongside indigenous communities whgo continue to proect our natural resources and struggle for liberation.

Indigenous Peoples Day

The Indigenous Peoples’ Day campaign aimed to raise awareness around the Native American struggle for liberation. The campaign followed recent declarations of October 9 as Indigenous People’s Day by the city councils of Salt Lake City and Los Angeles. Through social media and campus signage, the notion that Columbus Day should be celebrated was complicated in recognition of the genocide and displacement of indigenous people throughout the Americas.

Free Film Screening. More than a Word. For a film and conversation about the affects of stereotypes and cultural appropriation on Native American local communities. "The state reward for dead indians has been increased to $200 for every redskin sent to purgatory." - The Winona Daily Republican, 1863.

More Than a Word Screening

The Native American Student Association collaborated with the CDI and Gerald R. Sherratt Library to screen More Than a Word. The screening was followed by a Q&A conversation about the effects of stereotypes and cultural appropriation on Native American communities, nationally and locally in Cedar City.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women

MMIW. No More Stolen Sisters. Missing and murdered indigenous women (MMIW) is an issue affecting Indigenous people in Canada and the United States, including the First Nations, Inuit, Métisand Native American communities. As of 2016, there are more than 1,100 missing and murdered Indigenous women in Canada. In the first six months of 2018, 27,758 indigenous women went missing. 4 out of 5 women will experience violence in their lifetime. Indigenous women are murdered at 10x the national average.

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women (MMIW) campaign is an international effort to draw awareness to the failure of the Canadian and American governments to adequately respond to violence committed against Native American women. To amplify this conversation on campus, the Native American Student Association posted infographics and held a lecture where students and professionals presented research and shared personal stories about the high rates of violence committed against Native American women, mostly by non-tribal members.

Speakers at the MMIW event.

Solidarity with Undocumented Communities

March with DACA poster

UndocuAlly Workshop

In response to the rescinding of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), the CDI held a solidarity march in support of undocumented students on Southern Utah University’s campus. The CDI designed a workshop to educate the general campus public about resources for undocumented students, how to be an UndocuAlly and the misconceptions about the undocumented community in the United States.

Beyond the Dream Film Screening

Free Film Screening. Beyond the Dream. Join the CDI and the Cedar City Library for a documentary screening and a Q&A panel with students and activists about Utah Dreamers.

The CDI collaborated with the Cedar City Library to screen Beyond the Dream, a documentary about the experience of the most recent generation of young undocumented immigrants. Dreamer activist Ciriac Alvarez Valle, CDI Coordinator Willy Palomo, and an SUU Dreamer were invited to discuss immigrants in Utah and the steps students and community members can take to protect immigrant communities. The documentary can be seen online

Diversity Training

The CDI has several ongoing trainings to educate the campus public, including student groups and faculty/staff on respectful conversations across difference, hard work vs opportunity, systems of oppression, unconscious linguistic and action-based bias, and the critical analysis of societal 'appropriateness.'

Diversity Training Poster

Diversity Training Poster

Diversity Training Poster