“Nothing about us without us.”
In January 2021, Utah elected officials, and business, faith-based and community leaders signed the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion pledging to work together toward programs and laws that create economic access and foster communities of respect.
The private sector has since pledged its commitment to the Utah Compact by launching the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging at EDCUtah (CEOB).
The first step in our action plan is to launch the Belong in Utah campaign. It’s modeled on national efforts to explore stories of people experiencing the positive power of belonging. You can see more at https://belongingbeginswithus.org
The second step is to build mutually respectful relationships across racial and ethnic lines that honor and value each person's humanity. Through participatory asset mapping, we will foster an environment where communities of color are active planners in closing the racial equity gap for children and families in Utah.
The third step focuses on economic equity. New Americans, who are immigrants, play a vital role in Utah. The Center will support a statewide task force on New Americans to develop a strategic plan to improve opportunities, advance integration of foreign-born residents, and maximize their potential to succeed.
First, learn about Utah’s changing demographics and the positive impact New Americans have on our economy:
Welcoming and Belonging: Cedar City Spring Fiesta
August 31, 2022
The Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging is interviewing members of the Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort to talk about their progress, highlight success stories, and share best practices. We spoke to Brooke Twitchell, event director for Cedar City, about the Spring Fiesta held in May 2022.
Utah’s Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort
August 24, 2022
In 2022, the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging at EDCUtah launched the Welcoming and Belonging Community Cohort in partnership with Welcoming America.
Next Steps for the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging
August 19, 2022
EDCUtah and the CEOB are launching a process to amplify and broaden CEOB’s impact.
An EDCUtah DEI Profile: English Language Institute
May 26, 2022
EDCUtah is highlighting a Utah community organization or multicultural resource group on a periodic basis, in an effort to inform our investors about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) best practices and resources in Utah. We spoke to Robert Rendon, SVP and community development director for Zions Bank, about the English Language Institute (ELI). Since the program’s inception, the Bank has been the primary funder of the program.
New Americans Task Force Interview on KPCW
May 10, 2022
Thanks to KPCW for interviewing Ze Min Xiao and Natalie El-Deiry on the Mountain Money show. Listen to gain a better understanding of the New Americans Task Force and the impact of new Americans have on our economy.
Fox File: New Americans in Utah
May 9, 2022
May 3 marked the launch of the New Americans Task Force and the release of research from the American Immigration Council showing the impact of new Americans in Utah. I had the honor of joining fellow convenors – the Governor’s Office of Economic Opportunity, Salt Lake Chamber, and World Trade Center Utah – in a discussion of this important issue.