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Opportunity Scholars celebrates Fall 2020 graduates

Earlier this month, Opportunity Scholars held their semester luau to celebrate their 2020 Fall graduates. Always inspirational, this semester's virtual event featured remarks from the program director, Rich Kaufusi, and alum, Simeon Lawrence. Lawrence, who received his degree in Finance, shared his personal story with the group and encouraged students to align the practice of goal setting with being intentional. "Start with the [...]

2020-12-16T10:27:05-07:00December 15th, 2020|

First Ascent Scholars hosts annual Fall Celebration

The First Ascent Scholars program at the David Eccles School of Business recently held its annual Fall Celebration. Like many other events this year, their traditional feast transitioned to a virtual celebration. Scholars, mentors, and staff were able to share their gratitude and catch-up after a long semester. The online event was paired with a socially distanced outdoor meet-and-greet where students could say [...]

2020-12-07T11:08:36-07:00December 7th, 2020|

MHA alumna Dr. Jill Jim to serve on Biden-Harris COVID-19 board

President-elect Joe Biden has tapped Dr. Jill Jim, executive director of the Navajo Department of Health, to serve on his COVID-19 Advisory Board. Jim earned her Master of Healthcare Administration from the David Eccles School of Business and her doctorate in Public Health from the University of Utah. "Dr. Jim's extensive public health experience and expertise (have) been a major benefit for the Navajo [...]

2020-12-02T10:49:48-07:00December 2nd, 2020|

Eccles students raise awareness of worldwide need for clean water

Student teams comprising a total of 72 students competed in the Eccles-WHOlives Social Impact Challenge, sponsored by Adobe from Oct. 15-23, 2020. This event was in partnership with WHOlives — a non-profit organization focused on improving the lives of people in Kenya and Uganda by providing access to clean water — Adobe, and the Information Systems program at the Eccles School. Student teams [...]

2020-11-30T12:44:27-07:00December 1st, 2020|

Cabo Verde Secretary of State addresses University of Utah community

On Nov. 19, Eccles School students were lucky enough to hear from Pedro Lopes, the current Secretary of State for Innovation and TVET of Cabo Verde, an African island country in the Atlantic Ocean. He is known for organizing the first TEDx event in Cabo Verde, as well as being chosen by former President Barack Obama to be involved in his first leadership [...]

2020-12-08T17:31:29-07:00November 30th, 2020|

‘Leadership is stewardship’: Opportunity Scholars hold Annual Leadership Retreat

“At the end of the day, people won't remember what you said or did, they will remember how you made them feel.” ~ Maya Angelou This quote highlights the overall theme of the Opportunity Scholars Annual Leadership Retreat. Held virtually earlier this month, the event brought in speakers and alumni Annie Leither, VP Sponsorships, Zions Bank, and Erumis Ureña, Executive Officer, U.S. Foreign [...]

2020-10-28T09:21:10-07:00October 28th, 2020|

COVID-19 deaths among Black essential workers linked to racial disparities

Study co-authors Tiana Rogers, Ph.D., and Charles Rogers, Ph.D. A new study co-authored by Tiana Rogers, a Program Manager for Sorenson Impact Center’s Data, Policy, and Performance Innovation team, found that Black people disproportionally work in nine essential occupations that increase their exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19. “I find it ironic that the people we depend on as essential workers [...]

2020-09-16T15:30:18-07:00September 16th, 2020|

Black, Latinx residents pay higher property taxes than white counterparts

Is your property tax evaluation racist? Probably so, according to new research from Eccles School economist Troup Howard. He and his co-author Carlos Avenancio-León of Indiana University looked at data from 118 million homes over the course of a decade, and found a huge "assessment gap" that shows Black and Latinx residents pay 10 to 13 percent more than white residents for the same [...]

2020-07-23T11:19:36-07:00July 23rd, 2020|

Students are creating a community for LGBTQ+ students, alumni, faculty, and staff

While this year’s Pride Month has looked a little different than in the past, there was still cause to celebrate this June. In a landmark civil right ruling, the Supreme Court voted to protect LGBT people from discrimination in the workplace. This victory was a reminder that we’re headed in the right direction but that there is still work to be done. This [...]

2020-06-30T13:41:01-07:00June 30th, 2020|

Message from Eccles School leadership about day of reflection

Dear Eccles School Community, As protests and demonstrations continue here in Salt Lake City and across the nation following the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and so many other Black Americans, we stand in solidarity with emerging social movements calling for reflection and education among the academic community. We encourage our faculty, staff, students, and community members to reflect on [...]

2020-06-10T10:27:33-07:00June 10th, 2020|