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Utah’s population is growing and becoming increasingly diverse. Net migration is contributing to the majority of growth in the fastest growing counties in the state, rather than natural increases derived from births. In 2020, positive net migration contributed the largest annual share of the state’s population growth this decade.
1Utah Project aims to:
- Counter the proliferation of misinformation and disinformation on social media
- Increase voter participation
- Boost civic engagement for Black, Indigenous, People of Color and all disaffected voters in Utah.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI)
What is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion?
Diversity, equity and inclusion is a term used to describe policies and programs that promote the representation and participation of different groups of individuals. DEI encompasses people of different ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, disabilities, genders, religions, cultures and sexual orientations.
DEI in the Workforce
The United States prides itself as “a nation of immigrants.” A nation of immigrants is a nation of people from different backgrounds and countries. DEI help foster creativity, fresh perspectives, and understanding within an organization. By implementing DEI , people of different races, abilities, ages, genders, religion, sexual orientation, and other diverse backgrounds are made more comfortable in the workplace.
DEI in the Classroom
As the country becomes more diverse, so does our classrooms.
Teaching for diversity refers to acknowledging a range of differences in the classroom.
Teaching for equity allows the differences to transform the way we think, teach, learn and act such that all experiences and ways of being are handled with fairness and justice.
Teaching for inclusion signifies embracing our differences.
Education has a central role in creating new values and attitudes and provides us with important tools for addressing deep-rooted discrimination and the legacy of historical injustices.
– Dr. Mutuma Ruteere —UN Special Rapporteur, Contemporary Forms of Racism, Racial Discrimination and Related Intolerance (2013)
You Have the Power to Impact Utah’s Future.
Utah politics are unique. The way Utah selects candidates can be confusing for people who are new to the state or new to politics. That confusion can dissuade civic engagement.
Utah is one of seven states that uses a convention system in deciding its candidates, and the only state that allows candidates from political parties to skip a primary election for statewide or federal offices if candidates receive 60% of delegate votes.
There are approximately 4,000 GOP delegates and 2,000 Democratic delegates. These few people wield great power. They decide who gets put on a primary ballot, and, therefore, they decide who has the power to make laws in our state.
Candidates may circumvent the convention system by gathering a sufficient number of qualified signatures to gain a place on the party’s primary ballot regardless if they received less than 60% or more of the delegate votes. Signature gathering can be a time consuming and costly endeavor. Some candidates choose not to collect signatures and stick with the delegate’s vote.
By deciding to become a delegate, you have the power to influence the future of Utah and reshape Utah’s politics. Please contact us if you are interested in becoming a delegate for your community.
Our Top Priorities
We seek the growth of civic engagement within all communities of Utah that’s dedicated to equity and justice for all.
The Covid-19 pandemic revealed just how important it is for all U.S. residents to have access to quality health care.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela
Conservative lawmakers and political leaders across the country have launched attacks on public education by limiting what instructors can teach about racism and gender.
Following the successful 2018 Proposition 4 ballot initiative that established the Utah Independent Redistricting Commission and banned partisan gerrymandering, the Utah Legislature chose to ignore the commission’s recommended maps. The Legislature instead enacted Senate Bill 200, which allowed the Legislature to impose its own heavily gerrymandered maps.
Following the 2020 elections, Utah joined a list of state legislatures to enacted restrictive voting-related laws.
This bill approvs the use of money from the Medicaid Expansion Fund to pay the costs of Medicaid coverage for certain pregnant and postpartum women.
This bill eliminates diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) offices in Utah’s public colleges, universities, and political subdivisions.
This bill will ‘opt-out’ all registered voters and requires an election officer to only send a mail-in-ballot to active voters who ‘opt-in’ by requesting to receive a mail in ballot for all future elections by mail.
This bill changes the repeal date of the Municipal Alternate Voting Methods Pilot Project from January 1, 2026 to May 1, 2024.
Business and Labor
This bill prohibits private businesses from hiring to achieve a diverse or inclusive workforce and prohibits diversity training. This bill also makes it illegal to provide educational training on systemic racism.
About 1Utah Project
Being an informed voter means to be knowledgeable about the issues and positions of candidates when voting. It also means you are able to make decisions without influence from outside factors intended to persuade those who may not fully understand a candidate’s platform or ideas.
1UTP is an independent website tracking the status of legislation in the Utah Legislature and the United States Congress and helping you participate in your government.
How do you choose candidates to support? Do you support candidates who align with a political party or with your ideals? It is important to learn who are your representatives.
This voting record lets you know where your lawmakers stand on issues important to you.
The most effective form of voter suppression has been convincing people that their vote doesn’t matter.
If your vote didn’t matter — they wouldn’t spend so much time trying to take it away.
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