“There is no doubt we are stronger as a state when we embrace our differences and use our diversity as an asset.” —Utah Governor Spencer Cox
In January 2021, Governor Spencer Cox was sworn in as Utah’s 18th Governor. On day one, he signed the Utah Compact on Racial Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and appointed Nubia Peña to his cabinet as Utah’s first Senior Advisor on Equity and Opportunity.
Utah’s business and government leaders have also signed the same compact, reaffirming our vision to create a society in which race and ethnicity do not determine or limit value, opportunity, and life outcomes. Similar Utah initiatives include:
Utah employers are successfully hiring, retaining, and elevating world-class talent from many diverse backgrounds. Click on the logos below to read in-depth interviews with DEI experts. Current stories include:
Utah is home to many terrific advocacy groups who connect, support, and elevate diverse and underrepresented talent. EDCUtah works closely with these partner organizations and can make local introductions to additional advocacy groups upon client request. In addition to the partners below, Living Color Utah maintains a wide range of resources for diverse Utahns and their families.
"Economic development and DEI are connected at the hip. It's imperative that we enable every dynamic in a community. Nobody can be left out if we're going to reach an economy's full potential." — Tom Morgan, Executive Vice President of Zions Bank and EDCUtah board chair
In late 2020, EDCUtah chartered a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Board Committee. Members include executives from private companies, Utah communities, and the State of Utah
“Economic development is inseparable from diversity, equity, and inclusion. We look forward to adding our strength to the many community partners who are already doing groundbreaking work to support diverse talent in Utah, and we won’t stop until Utah enjoys the most inclusive economy in the nation.”
— EDCUtah CEO Theresa Foxley
Excuse Busters, Unicorns and Commitment to Community – a Conversation with Zions Bank
April 26, 2021
Founded in Salt Lake City in 1873, Zions Bank has been a leading financial institution in the Intermountain West and a cornerstone of the Utah community for nearly 150 years. Today, the bank is also a leader in Utah’s drive toward diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), most recently as one of the original signatories of the Utah Compact for Racial Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
The What and Why of DEI at Mortenson
April 12, 2021
Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Company employs over 6,000 team members in regional offices, traveling groups, and project sites across the country.
A Conversation with Nubia Peña, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs - Part II
April 1, 2021
We continue our conversation with Nubia Peña, Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs. You can read Part I here.
Fox File #97: EDCUtah and DEI
March 29, 2021
You’ve heard us talking a lot more about “DEI” or “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” lately.
A Conversation with Nubia Peña, Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs - Part I
March 26, 2021
Nubia Peña was appointed as the Director of the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs in June 2019 and was recently named Senior Advisor of Equity and Opportunity for Governor Cox’s administration. We recently marked a year of the COVID-19 pandemic and we caught up with her to find out more about efforts to support multicultural communities during the public health crisis and beyond. Here's Part I.