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“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:

CEOB and @BelonginUtah

In May 2021, EDCUtah launched the Center for Economic Opportunity & Belonging (CEOB). The Center is funded in part by grants from the Walton Family Foundation, the Jacquelyn and Gregory Zehner Foundation, and the Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation. Learn more about CEOB here.

CEOB is developing a statewide communications effort called @BelonginUtah. It’s modeled on national efforts to explore stories of people experiencing the positive power of belonging. You can see more on the national campaign at https://belongingbeginswithus.org

As the initial step in the statewide campaign, and with the support of Comcast, CEOB has published the "We Are Utah" video. Companies that are seeking ways to recruit and retain talent from diverse backgrounds are welcome to use it. Watch it now:

A subtitled version is available here.

Employer Case Studies

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:

Partner Organizations

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.

To stay informed about news and events affecting Utah's multicultural communities, sign up for the weekly newsletter from the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs.

At EDCUtah

"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 emeritus

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. The committee seeks to:

“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

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