Author: Abby Van Buren

Autism center serves community, students

The Melisa Nellesen Center for Autism opened May 3 in response to an estimated 300 to 600 autistic students enrolled at UVU. “Utah has the 3rd highest rate of autism in the country,” said Teresa Cardon, the center’s director. With the number of students on the spectrum being so high, the urgent need for resources was noticed. “President Holland was actually approached by the business community seven to eight years ago when he started in his position,” said Cardon. Holland received questions regarding autism on campus and how he hoped to address it. This awareness is what initiated plans...

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Civic engagement panel dissects marginalization and race relations

Photo by Gary Hatch This is a white world we live in and we play by the white rules, according to Jacob Rugh, BYU professor of sociology. UVU’s Black Student Union organized a panel discussion centered around the topic of marginalization within social communities in order to open a dialogue of race and gender identity. The event featured four individuals from various backgrounds of social work, nursing, public affairs and crisis services. Rugh has an extensive educational background regarding race, neighborhood space and immigration, which allowed him to discuss the concepts surrounding white space versus black space. He spoke...

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Child trafficking expert discusses modern slavery

Photo by Nathan Gross There are more people in slavery today than ever before in the history of the world, Tim Ballard, CEO of Operation Underground Railroad, told an audience of 400 at the Ragan Theatre Oct. 12. “Of over 35 million slaves, 5 million are children,” said Ballard, who was the keynote speaker of the UVUSA Speaker Series. Ballard founded Operation Underground Railroad, also referred to as O.U.R., in December of 2013. Ballard has also worked as a CIA special agent for Homeland Security and is dedicated to ending child slavery. Ballard began his passion for ending child...

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