Diversity & Unity Board
The WSUSA Diversity and Unity team at Weber State University is responsible for planning and promoting educational programming that strives to advocate understanding, acceptance, and inclusion between individuals and groups from all walks of life. The WSUSA Diversity and Unity team works to foster collaboration in activities and programs by holding events and workshops throughout the year, which promote social and cultural awareness while creating safe spaces to talk about differences in beliefs and values. The chairs overseeing the planning of programs are Taboo Talks, Stop the Hate, Cultural Connections, Sessions on the Ledge, Community Awareness, and LGBTQ+ Awareness. The team is lead by the Vice President for Diversity and Unity and the Assistant Director for Diversity and Unity. The WSUSA Diversity and Unity team assists with developing programs coming out of Diversity and Inclusive Programs. The team is advised by the Diversity and Inclusive Programs Coordinator.
Diversity & Unity Vice President
Diversity & Inclusive Programs gains student representation through WSUSA’s Executive Body. Each year the student body elects a Vice President of Diversity who then selects members of the Diversity Board through a competitive application process.
Hello, my name is Miguel Gonzalez (He, Him, His) and I am the Diversity and Unity Vice President. I am from El Salvador, where both my parents are from, but have lived the majority of my life here in Ogden, right by Weber State. I plan on majoring in Architectural Studies, since designing and drawing have been an interest of mine ever since I can remember. Being in elementary school and junior high I always remember drawing new sports uniforms or stadiums for my favorite teams and making them come to life in video games. I love meeting people and getting to know what has brought them to their current state. One always learns something new with each person one meets and engages with. I am excited to be able to help students at Weber State University feel more at home and more of a family with the rest of the student body, and help have the differences that we each have become unifying.
The Assistant Director to the Vice President for Diversity on the Diversity Board helps to coordinate all events, workshops, activities and serves as the information clearinghouse for the CDU's Diversity Board. This position collects all marketing materials, places and confirms bulletins, email blasts, and Facebook page updates in addition to providing updates and assignments to Board members.
Hi, my name is Anahis Osuna (She, Her, Hers). I was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. I’m a sophomore at Weber State University and I’m a Spanish major. Since I was a little girl, I had to help translate for my family members. Now as a grown-up, that’s what I want my career to be. I mostly want to be a translator for books, magazines, and things of that sort since books and reading are a big part of my life. Learning about different cultures is always something I love. It’s amazing how different we can all be but still have some similarities as people. My goal for this year is to push for a more inclusive and safe environment on campus without having fear of judgement or even harm.
Taboo Talks Chair
The Taboo Talks Chair coordinates educational and informative programs that educate all students and staff at WSU about ways that we can come together across differences.
Sessions on the Ledge Chair
The Sessions on the Ledge Chair coordinates weekly one-hour performance sessions in the Union atrium that showcases music, dance, the spoken word and other routines that space racial ethnicity, culture, class, gender, and more. Previous events have included Scottish Bag Pipers, Taiko Drummers, Irish Folk Dancers and poetry slams.
Stop the Hate Chair
The Stop the Hate Chair develops an annual campaign that promotes peace on campus and in the community through speakers, workshops, and activities. At the heart of these activities is the question, "Is what we are doing helping each other or hurting each other?"
Cultural Connections Chair
The Cultural Connections Chair works to collaborate with our ethnic-based organizations, as well as, organizations that want to collaborate in promoting and educate around diversity and inclusivity.
My name is Michael Reyes-Martinez (He, His, Him). I was born and raised in Ogden, Utah. I am a Junior here at Weber State University and my major is in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and Advertising. Originally I was set to be a doctor, but I knew inside that was not for me and switched over to this major to follow my dream. I did this drastic change in majors when I was introduced by a friend to a journalism course. I never thought I could make a career writing and now that's all I want to do. I hope as the cultural connections chair and I can connect people with their passion like my friend did to me!
LGBTQ+ Awareness Chair
The LGBTQ+ Awareness Chair acts as a representative and advocate of the issues and concerns of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender student body and advocates against homophobia and other forms of oppression, as well as other issues and concerns of LGBTQ+ students on campus and all members of the queer community.
My name is Keegan Parkinson (They, Them, Theirs) I’m a non-binary student majoring in social work. My dream job is to be a youth counselor for LGBTQIA+ youth here in Utah. This will be my third year as a student leader at Weber State University. Dancing is something that I love so, You’ll probably see me at all of the dances this year, they are so much fun. I love to learn and listen to people's stories. I look forward to meeting, listening, communicating, and learning from all of you. My goal for this year is to educate, advocate, and share LGBTQIA+ community both past and present.
Community Awareness Chair
The Community Awareness Chair collaborates with the community to create events that promote Diversity and provide access to community organizations such as Holding out Help, NAACP, YCC, and others to provide educational opportunities and resource activities to students on a monthly basis.
Hello I’m Abrianna Paez (She,Her,Hers). You pronounce my name ( Aw-bree-ah-nuh pie-ez). I am Pre-Med studying Microbiology graduating in 2022. Science has always been a passion of mine. When I was younger I wanted to be an Archaeologist or work for National Geographic but, let's be honest, who wouldn’t want to work there. I want to travel the world and seek discomfort in wherever life takes me. I also love to run and I am planning on running my first half marathon this fall. If you need a running buddy call me up. And remember, as my favorite professor says,“ Microbiology rules and people drool”.
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