Category: Events

MLK keynote encourages curiosity over judgement in approaching racism

When it comes to approaching racism, Brittany Packnett’s message is simple: We must all bend the moral arc toward justice. Students and faculty attended the Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration on campus Jan. 16, where Packnett, the keynote speaker of the two-day event, spoke on racism and ways to break false beliefs. Packnett, an activist, educator, and leader in social justice, is the vice president of National Community Alliances for Teach for America. She also is the co-founder of Campaign Zero, a comprehensive policy platform to end police violence. Packnett discussed a meeting she had with former President Barack Obama. As a former member of the Ferguson Commission, an independent group appointed by Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, she received a call from the White House, insisting she come to the District of Columbia for an “important meeting.” While there, Packnett had the opportunity, alongside other members of the committee, to listen to Obama as he shared his thoughts and feelings about racial injustices. She went on to talk about how Obama showed them an original framed program from the 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. Through extensive historical research and her own experiences with racism in society today, Packnett emphasized that there is still much work to do before the “dream is fulfilled.” “If...

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President Holland announces areas of focus in his last State of the University address

Photos by Jonah Hokit In President Matthew Holland’s final State of the University address, he announced the five major areas of focus for the university in the last year and the school’s plans for its continued growth Jan. 19, at Center Stage. Holland proudly announced UVU’s recent evaluation by Northwest Accreditors that student success is number one in UVU’s culture and focus. “They said they saw it everywhere, in every division and on every level,” Holland said. Part of focusing on student success meant shifting focus on Student Mental Health Services, Holland said. “We’ve been very active on the...

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