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 competition application process.
Diversity Vice President
I am currently a senior majoring in Business Administration and identify with the pronouns he/him. Throughout my life I have been exposed to many different people and cultures. I come from the islands of the Polynesians and was brought up in the diverse city and state of Bakersfield, California. For 2 years of my life I was able to live among the people of West Africa. These experiences have inspired me to seek to understand the hearts of individuals. I've come to learn from personal experience that when you learn to understand with the hearts of others, the concept of 'diversity' takes an entirely new role that allows those who seek, to share in the wealth that is found in ALL cultures. I chose to be a part of the Weber State Diversity and Unity Board to help students at WSU to impart of all the invaluable blessings that all diversity brings, and in turn, create a campus-wide environment of acceptance and understanding.
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.
My name is McKaylee London (but I prefer to be called Kaylee) and I use she/her pronouns. I am the Assistant Director of the Diversity Board for the 2016-2017 school year, and a sophomore working towards a Bachelors Degree in Physics. I am on the Diversity Board to do my best to make a difference at Weber State University by ensuring that all students feel included and accepted.
Common Grounds 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 difference.
The Community Chair coordinates events that bring the campus and community together through education and sharing. Previous activities have included a Community Resources Fair and a Religious Resource Fair.
My name is Kayla Carson. My preferred gender pronouns are she, her. My Position on the Diversity Board is the Community Involvement Chair. I am a junior and majoring with a BIS Degree in Communications, Sales and Entrepreneurship. I am on the Diversity Board because I want to be involved in making Weber aware, informed, and educated with the diverse world around us. What I hope students will take away with the events I organize is a fun, memorable and valuable experience that they can share and educate their peers with.
Sessions on the Ledge Chair
The Sessions on the Ledge Chair coordinates weekly one hour performance sessions in the Union atrium that showcase 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.
I am a native of South Ogden, UT and a graduate from Bonneville High School. My preferred pronouns are he/him/his and I am the Sessions on the Ledge Chair this year. I am a Sophomore and currently working toward a degree in Athletic Training. On my free time, I enjoy competing in many sports, playing music, and chilling with friends, but most of all I bleed Purple!
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?"
My name is Micah J. Payan and I am the chairperson for the Stop the Hate position on the Diversity Board. My preferred pronouns are she, her, hers and I am a sophomore working on an art degree in photography. I chose to be on the Diversity Board to help people understand the importance of loving one another and embracing our differences. This year, I hope students will feel encouraged and empowered by the events I organize. I hope each student can take away knowledge and a better understanding of those around them to grow the love and unity within our community.
MLK Day of Service Chair
The MLK Day of Service Chair actually does more than one day's work! This position hosts monthly drives for community issues that match the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mission and goals. Additionally, this position hosts the spring Munch and March with the Northern Utah Chapter of the NAACP at the Marshall White Center in downtown Ogden every January on Martin Luther King Day.
My name is Sebastian Lawson and identify with he/him/his pronouns. I am in my junior year and majoring in Medical Laboratory Science. I chose the diversity board because it is a part of life that is so vital to us as individuals, especially here in the U.S. There is a lot of reformation that needs to be made in today’s society centered on diversity. I hope that with the events I’ll be hosting this year, students will gain new understanding of the importance of the subjects that will be covered. I hope I can challenge them to understand new ideas, ways of life, and understandings of different individuals.
LGBT Awareness Chair
The LGBT Advocate 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 LGBT students on campus and all members of the queer community. This student leader develops programs, resources and activities under the supervision of the LGBT Graduate Assistant and Coordinator of the Center for Diversity & Unity.
My name is Catherine Shackelford and my preferred pronouns are she, her, hers. Please feel free to call me Shack! I am pursuing a Social Science Teaching Composite and am looking forward to my fifth and final year here. I am the LGBT Awareness Chair on the Diversity Board. I chose to be on this board because I am loud and proud about how wonderfully diverse Weber State is and I want to spread that pride like wild fire. I hope that students will come to the events I organize with open minds and open hearts, and leave with a fuller understanding of the LGBT community and a deeper respect for it.