News & Events

January Events

Martin Luther King (MLK) Commemoration

January 16 & 17 | Sorenson Center | 12pm - 3pm

"What Happened to the Dream?"

The UVU Office of Inclusion is hosting the annual MLK commemoration. Join us as we hear from two amazing speakers and advocates, Brittany Packet & Elijah Miles. Workshops facilitated by Dr. LaShawn Williams (Assistant Professor - Social Work BSW), the Orem Police Department, and Real Talk (Service Council). 

Detailed information can be found at: https://www.uvu.edu/inclusion/mlk/ 

 

Bowling with the Multicultural Student Council: Opening Social 

January 23 | SL Bowling Alley | 2pm - 4pm

Kicking off the start of spring semester, come join us for FREE bowling in the SL Bowling Alley! Food, drinks, and fun will be had! No bowling experience necessary!

 

InQUEERy Educator Training

January 12 | LA 116 Seminar Room | 4pm - 6pm

Want to become an InQueery Educator? Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, InQueery is comprised of students, faculty, and staff who identify as LGBTQIA+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Queer/Questioning, Intersex, Asexual/Agender, etcetera). InQueery Educators speak on educational panels concerning LGBTQIA+ issues. 

InQueery is an educational program provided by LGBT Student Services that is devoted to education, outreach, and advocacy regarding issues of sexual orientation and gender identity/expression. Through these endeavors, InQueery seeks to foster an inclusive campus community that welcomes, understands, and supports the identities and experiences of every individual.

For more information about InQueery, check out: http://www.uvu.edu/multicultural/lgbt/program/inqueery.html. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Karen Deysher, the Program Manager of LGBT Student Services, at karen.deysher@uvu.edu.

 

Cultural Diversity Scholarship - Spring Orientation

January 11 | LA 116 | 5pm - 6pm
January 17 | LA 116 | 12pm - 1pm

If you are receiving a cultural diversity scholarship through our office, you are required to attend one of the orientation dates to get updates on scholarship requirements and to get to know how our staff can help you! 

For more information, please contact Lucy Owens at (801) 863-7128 or at owenslu@uvu.edu 

 

Exploring Resources

Every Wednesday | LA 116 | 10am - 11am

Want to know more about the resources at UVU? Come to our Exploring Resources workshop and find out! We will highlight an academic or student support resource each month to ensure that our students understand where they can seek help. 

For more information, please contact Cristobal Villegas at (801) 863-5384 or at CVillegas@uvu.edu

 

LGBTQ Discussion Group

Every Wednesday | LA 116 Seminar Room | 3pm - 4:30pm

The LGBTQ Discussion Group is a weekly, one and a half hour long dialogue focused on topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The emphasis of the discussion group is to establish and maintain community. It is open to any UVU student, faculty or staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, who can offer an affirmative presence concerning LGBTQIA+ issues. 

Attendance implies acknowledgement of the policy that the names of participants and the personal issues discussed are maintained in strict confidence. We also ask, especially as a group for LGBTQIA+ folks, that all participants are respectful of the diversity among group members in terms of perspective, personal experience, and choices about how we each live our lives.

 

February Events

Diversity Lecture Series

February 6 | SC 206C | 3pm - 4pm

Diversity Lecture Series is a complimentary program to Diversity Dialogues.  It is hosted either on the same week as Diversity Dialogues or around such discussion.  Diversity Lectures allows a deeper contact into social issues.  Members from the community, Higher Education Institutions, and professionals will educate and explore such topics.  

 

Diversity Dialogues

February 8 | SC Centre Stage | 3pm - 4pm

Diversity Dialogues is series of discussion-based interactions over topics that are sensitive, but important to openly discuss in a safe and respectful space.  

 

Safe Zone Training

February 15 | LA 116 Seminar Room | 12pm - 2pm
February 23 | LA 116 Seminar Room | 11am - 1pm

Safe Zone training is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allies, and asexual/nonsexual (LGBTQIA*) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The training raises visibility and promotes ally building through:

  • Educating individuals on LGBTQIA* issues relating to gender and sexuality and how one can intervene when they witness discrimination.

  • Creating visibility of people who can provide resources to LGBTQIA* community members.

  • Creating a safe environment on campus free from restrictive transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism and cisgender bias.

If you have any questions or concerns about Safe Zone training, please contact Karen Deysher at karen.deysher@uvu.edu.

 

People of the Pacific (POP) High School Conference*

February 22 | Sorenson Center | 8am - 3pm

"Talanoa: Talking Story, Te Reo"

The UVU Pacific Islander Initiative will be hosting the annual POP conference, focusing on cultural workshops and college and career preparation and readiness. Current POP programs will be invited to participate and attend. 

If you have any questions or concerns about the POP Conference, please contact Leone Saaga at Leone.Saaga@uvu.edu

 

Exploring Resources

Every Wednesday | LA 116 | 10am - 11am

Want to know more about the resources at UVU? Come to our Exploring Resources workshop and find out! We will highlight an academic or student support resource each month to ensure that our students understand where they can seek help. 

For more information, please contact Cristobal Villegas at (801) 863-5384 or at CVillegas@uvu.edu

 

LGBTQ Discussion Group

Every Wednesday | LA 116 Seminar Room | 3pm - 4:30pm

The LGBTQ Discussion Group is a weekly, one and a half hour long dialogue focused on topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The emphasis of the discussion group is to establish and maintain community. It is open to any UVU student, faculty or staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, who can offer an affirmative presence concerning LGBTQIA+ issues. 

Attendance implies acknowledgement of the policy that the names of participants and the personal issues discussed are maintained in strict confidence. We also ask, especially as a group for LGBTQIA+ folks, that all participants are respectful of the diversity among group members in terms of perspective, personal experience, and choices about how we each live our lives.

 

March Events

Cultural Rhythms

March 13 | LA 114 | 11am - 1pm

Culture is a significant aspect of all of our identities, and plays a role in shaping who we are, where we come from, and what we believe in. Through Cultural Rhythms, we will be able to share with others the beliefs, knowledge, and perspectives that exist within each spotlighted culture and begin to understand each others' differences, while sharing in our similarities and inspiring each other to learn something new about other cultures and identities. 

 

UVU Spring Break!

March 19 - 25

Enjoy your Spring Break!

 

Safe Zone Training

March 20 | LA 116 Seminar Room | 11am - 1pm

Safe Zone training is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allies, and asexual/nonsexual (LGBTQIA*) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The training raises visibility and promotes ally building through:

  • Educating individuals on LGBTQIA* issues relating to gender and sexuality and how one can intervene when they witness discrimination.

  • Creating visibility of people who can provide resources to LGBTQIA* community members.

  • Creating a safe environment on campus free from restrictive transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism and cisgender bias.

If you have any questions or concerns about Safe Zone training, please contact Karen Deysher at karen.deysher@uvu.edu.

 

Diversity Lecture Series

March 27 | SC 206C | 3pm - 4pm

Diversity Lecture Series is a complimentary program to Diversity Dialogues.  It is hosted either on the same week as Diversity Dialogues or around such discussion.  Diversity Lectures allows a deeper contact into social issues.  Members from the community, Higher Education Institutions, and professionals will educate and explore such topics.  

 

Diversity Dialogues

March 29 | SC Centre Stage | 3pm - 4pm

Diversity Dialogues is series of discussion-based interactions over topics that are sensitive, but important to openly discuss in a safe and respectful space.  

 

Bachata Fest: Spring 2018

March 30 | UCCU Events Center | 9pm - 2am

Kick off the year with Utah's largest Latino dance event! Bachata is a genre of music that originated in the Dominican Republic, and Bachata fest includes cumbia, merengue, salsa, and more! This is not an event you want to miss! Don't know how to dance Bachata? Don't worry! We will provide lessons from 9pm - 10pm and the dancing starts afterwards!

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online and in person at UVU Campus Connection.

 

Exploring Resources

Every Wednesday | LA 116 | 10am - 11am

Want to know more about the resources at UVU? Come to our Exploring Resources workshop and find out! We will highlight an academic or student support resource each month to ensure that our students understand where they can seek help. 

For more information, please contact Cristobal Villegas at (801) 863-5384 or at CVillegas@uvu.edu

 

LGBTQ Discussion Group

Every Wednesday | LA 116 Seminar Room | 3pm - 4:30pm

The LGBTQ Discussion Group is a weekly, one and a half hour long dialogue focused on topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The emphasis of the discussion group is to establish and maintain community. It is open to any UVU student, faculty or staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, who can offer an affirmative presence concerning LGBTQIA+ issues. 

Attendance implies acknowledgement of the policy that the names of participants and the personal issues discussed are maintained in strict confidence. We also ask, especially as a group for LGBTQIA+ folks, that all participants are respectful of the diversity among group members in terms of perspective, personal experience, and choices about how we each live our lives.

 

April Events

Safe Zone Training

April 13 | LA 116 Seminar Room | 2pm - 4pm

Safe Zone training is about fostering an environment of inclusion for lesbian, gay bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, allies, and asexual/nonsexual (LGBTQIA*) individuals on our campus and in the surrounding community. The training raises visibility and promotes ally building through:

  • Educating individuals on LGBTQIA* issues relating to gender and sexuality and how one can intervene when they witness discrimination.

  • Creating visibility of people who can provide resources to LGBTQIA* community members.

  • Creating a safe environment on campus free from restrictive transphobia, homophobia, heterosexism and cisgender bias.

If you have any questions or concerns about Safe Zone training, please contact Karen Deysher at karen.deysher@uvu.edu.

 

UVU Native American Pow Wow

April 20 | RL Arena | 5pm - 12am
April 21 | RL Arena | 11am - 5pm; 6pm - 12am

The UVU Native Wolverine Association & the UVU Native American Initiative will be sponsoring the 2018 UVU Pow Wow in the Rebecca Lockhart Arena, April 20 - 21. Traditional Native American dances, art, crafts and food will be featured and all are invited to share in and experience the culture of various Native American tribes.

 

Lavender Graduation

April 21 | SC 206A | 6pm - 8pm

Lavender Graduation is an annual ceremony conducted on numerous campuses to honor lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally students and to acknowledge their achievements and contributions to the University. The Lavender Graduation Ceremony was created by Dr. Ronni Sanlo, a Jewish Lesbian, who was denied the opportunity to attend the graduations of her biological children because of her sexual orientation.  It was through this experience that she came to understand the pain felt by her students.  Encouraged by the Dean of Students at the University of Michigan, Dr. Sanlo designed the first Lavender Graduation Ceremony in 1995.  The first Lavender Graduation began at the University of Michigan in 1995, with three graduates.  By 2001, there were over 45 Lavender Graduation Ceremonies at Colleges and Universities nationwide.  Graduating students, including undergraduates and graduates, are invited to take part in the celebration, which occurs each year the week prior to university-wide commencement events.

This will be UVU's first Lavender Graduation, and we are excited to be honoring our students, and LGBTQ-identified and allied staff and faculty, and community organizations, who have supported our students throughout their academic journey.

If you have any questions or concerns about the Lavender Graduation, please contact Karen Deysher at karen.deysher@uvu.edu.

 

Latino Celebración

April 23 | SC Ballroom & Commons | 6pm - 9pm

This annual celebration provides the Latino community the chance to gather on behalf of successful Latino youth in the area. The Latin American Celebration includes scholarship and award presentations, dinner and Latin American dance performances. We also encourage donations to the UVU Latino Scholarship Fund for future scholarships.

The objectives of this event include:

  • Gather the Latino community together on the UVU campus in a celebration of the Latino culture and academic success
  • Motivate younger Latino students by recognizing and rewarding successful Latino students and community members

Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online and in person at UVU Campus ConnectionFor more information about Latino Celebracion, please contact Yudi Lewis at Yudi.Lewis@uvu.edu

 

Finals Week

April 30 - May 3

Good luck UVU Students on finals and congratulations to Class of 2018!

 

Exploring Resources

Every Wednesday | LA 116 | 10am - 11am

Want to know more about the resources at UVU? Come to our Exploring Resources workshop and find out! We will highlight an academic or student support resource each month to ensure that our students understand where they can seek help. 

For more information, please contact Cristobal Villegas at (801) 863-5384 or at CVillegas@uvu.edu

 

LGBTQ Discussion Group

Every Wednesday | LA 116 Seminar Room | 3pm - 4:30pm

The LGBTQ Discussion Group is a weekly, one and a half hour long dialogue focused on topics related to sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. The emphasis of the discussion group is to establish and maintain community. It is open to any UVU student, faculty or staff, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression, who can offer an affirmative presence concerning LGBTQIA+ issues. 

Attendance implies acknowledgement of the policy that the names of participants and the personal issues discussed are maintained in strict confidence. We also ask, especially as a group for LGBTQIA+ folks, that all participants are respectful of the diversity among group members in terms of perspective, personal experience, and choices about how we each live our lives.

May Events

Finals Week

April 30 - May 3

Good luck UVU Students on finals and congratulations to Class of 2018!

  

Multicultural Student Services Graduation Brunch

May 3 | SC 206 A - C | 10am -12pm

Congratulations to all of our multicultural and international students that will be graduating this year! Invitations will be sent to graduates once we receive the final list of those who've applied for graduation.