Utah Valley University's African Diaspora in an intergenerational and international community of students, faculty/staff, alumni, and community members of diverse African/Black identities. 

Our collective mission is to serve as a home away from home and to provide scholarship, networking, and leadership opportunities for underrepresented students.

program direct and outreach coordinatorsLeft to right: Ruth Kapinga '21 (Student Outreach Coordinator), Jerome Currelley M.Ed. (Program Director), Emmanuel Omaria '22 (Student Outreach Coordinator)

Ruth is a senior from Congo. She is a mechanical engineering major interested in community building. Ruth.Kapinga@uvu.edu

Emmanuel is a junior from Uganda. He is a political science major interested in philosophy and leadership. Emmanuel.Omaria@uvu.edu

Jerome is from Massachusetts. He studied sociology, African diaspora studies, and education. Jerome.Curelley@uvu.edu

We work with others to offer students the following opportunities:

  • Scholarship
    • The African Diaspora Initiaitive Scholarship is awarded to students who demonstate exceptional leadership and selfless service to UVU's African Diaspora/Black community. Applications open on UVU Academic Works on November 1st, 2022.
  • Networking
    • Expect the Great - Intercollegiate Utah Conference (Date TBD)
    • African Diaspora Senior-Alumni Connection (April)
  • Leadership
      • Student and Community Outreach Coordinators (year-round)
      • Black Student Union (BSU) mentoring (year-round)
      • Winter Leadership Retreat (December)
      • Membership/scholarship recommendation with the NAACP - https://www.naacp-saltlakebranch.org  (December)
  • Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration Week (Mid-January)
  • Juneteenth Celebration (June 19th)

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