Equality & Diversity

The outside of the Black Cultural Center at Weber State University in Ogden on Tuesday. It and seve...
Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Weber State to axe Black, Latino, other cultural centers to comply with new diversity law

Weber State University will eliminate cultural centers for Black, Latino and other students to comply with the new Utah law targeting diversity initiatives.
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Tamara Vaifanua

Two local authors highlight the importance of family history for AAPI month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is coming to a close, and two local authors are talking about their new books highlighting the importance of family history.
14 days ago
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Tamara Vaifanua

Woman creates custom designed signs, drawing inspiration from her heritage

A popular way some families honor their 2024 grad is displaying a huge banner with their photo and name on it. Vania Lautaha has perfected this art in a unique way – drawing inspiration from her Samoan heritage.
1 month ago
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Peter Smith, Associated Press

United Methodists remove anti-gay language from their official teachings

The United Methodist Church overturned its 40-year ban on gay clergy Wednesday, marking a historic shift in the church’s stance on homosexuality.
1 month ago
Jani Iwamoto talks to KSL TV about the potential changes to Salt Lake City's Japantown. (Greg Ander...
Lindsay Aerts

Japantown advocates push for preservation of downtown street amid NHL stadium plans

A little-known but impactful section of Salt Lake City's downtown is soon to be at the center of a new vision for the city.
3 months ago
FILE - An attendee holds up flags during the New York City Pride Parade, June 24, 2018, in New York...
Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press

A Japanese court says denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional

A Japanese high court has ruled that denying same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and called for urgent government action to address the lack of any law allowing for such unions.
3 months ago
Lauren Rives, a senior at the University of Utah, speaks at a demonstration against HB261 at the U....
Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

University of Utah highlights positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion programs

The University of Utah has produced a new 'scorecard' highlighting the positive impacts of equity, diversity and inclusion initiatives that face revamping due to new state legislation.
4 months ago
The parents of a female student athlete are speaking out, calling for school board member Natalie C...
Shelby Lofton

Parents of female student-athlete at the center of controversy call on school board member to resign

The parents of a female student-athlete are calling on board member Natalie Cline to resign after she posted insinuating their daughter was a boy, yielding hateful comments.
4 months ago
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Mary Culbertson

Is it really different for women walking at night than men? This study has new evidence

A new BYU study shows visual evidence that walking at night is a different experience for men and women.
4 months ago
FILE - The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023. Utah lawmakers have just five days left to pass ...
Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Utah House OKs bill prohibiting employers from imposing racial beliefs on workers

A measure that would prohibit employers from requiring employees to ascribe to certain beliefs related to race, color, sex or national origin has passed the Utah House.
4 months ago
New Haven’s Constance Baker Motley is now on the USPS 47th Black Heritage Stamp....
Eliza Kruczynski, WFSB

USPS unveils 47th Black Heritage Stamp honoring civil rights activist and New Haven native

The Greater New Haven NAACP and the United States Postal Service revealed that Constance Baker Motley is now on the USPS 47th Black Heritage Stamp.
4 months ago
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Brooke Schultz, Associated Press/Report for America

Battle to change Native American logos continues, as some communities are reinstating them

A passionate student letter prompted a southern Pennsylvania school district to change its Native American logo years ago. But the mascot is back after a conservative school board acted on its campaign promise to reinstate it.
4 months ago
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Lindsay Aerts

Utah Legislature passes bathroom privacy bill, restricts transgender access

A wild week on Utah's Capitol Hill has ended with a bill that dictates who can use which bathroom in government buildings. As of Friday evening, the bill was waiting for a signature from Gov. Spencer Cox.
5 months ago
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Tim Vandenack, KSL.com 

Utah House OKs final version of diversity, equity, inclusion bill; now it goes to Gov. Cox

Utah lawmakers have reached accord on the proposed overhaul of diversity, equity and inclusion programming at the state's public universities after about a week and a half of debate.
5 months ago
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Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Utah Senate passes diversity, equity and inclusion bill; Democrats voice strong opposition

The Senate sponsor of a diversity, equity and inclusion bill says the measure will augment academic freedom on college campuses and foster equality of opportunity.
5 months ago
Utah Senators voting on the revised bill on Jan. 25....
Lindsay Aerts

Transgender bathroom access reversed in second major bill change by Utah Senate

For the second day in a row, a major change was made to a bill dealing with transgender bathroom access and privacy spaces.
5 months ago
The pastor of a Presbyterian church in Sandy said the church was first vandalized and then had thei...
Brianna Chavez

Presbyterian church in Sandy vandalized, pride flag on display stolen

The pastor of a Presbyterian church in Sandy said the church was first vandalized and then had their pride flag stolen within a span of two weeks.
5 months ago
DURHAM, NC - MAY 10:  Unisex signs hang outside bathrooms at Toast Paninoteca on May 10, 2016 in Du...
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Transgender bathroom bill revised: bill moves forward

A bill involving transgender bathroom use has passed a second reading in the Senate following significant changes.
5 months ago
FILE - The Utah Capitol is shown on March 3, 2023. Utah lawmakers have just five days left to pass ...
Lindsay Aerts

Salt Lake City and SL County mayors warn of fallout from 2 controversial bills

A bill to overhaul Diversity Equity and Inclusion offices is moving quickly through the legislature, along with a bill that assigns rules for transgender bathroom access.
5 months ago
The House Education Committee at Utah's 2024 legislative session discussing the bill proposed which...
Lindsay Aerts

Bill to replace diversity offices in schools and government entities passes first hurdle

A bill to replace diversity, equity, and inclusion offices at Utah's colleges, K-12 schools, and governmental entities cleared its first legislative hurdle Wednesday. 
5 months ago
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Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com

Utah lawmaker introduces transgender bathroom bill with requirement for unisex facilities

SALT LAKE CITY — Transgender issues will once again take center stage during the upcoming legislative session after one Utah lawmaker introduced a bill to restrict access for transgender individuals to restrooms and locker rooms in government-owned facilities. The bill also includes requirements that taxpayer-funded buildings provide more unisex or single-occupant restrooms and similar facilities in an […]
5 months ago
Betty Sawyer joins educators and community activists in protesting Utah lawmakers’ plans to pass ...
Tim Vandenack, KSL.com

Utah ‘educational equity’ rule faces repeal as state GOP links it to critical race theory

Critical race theory simmers on as a point of conflict in Utah.
5 months ago
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Michael Houck

U of U set to discontinue ‘diversity questions’ from its hiring process

The University of Utah announced it will remove diversity questions from its hiring process due to statements from Utah's elected leaders. 
5 months ago
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Katija Stjepovic and Michael Houck, KSL TV

Utah study shows the realities of women’s experiences in the Beehive State

A new research synopsis from the Utah Women and Leadership Project sheds light on the data-driven realities of women's experiences in the Beehive State.
5 months ago

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