USU Eastern’s 5th Annual Diversity Conference Schools All on Belonging in a World of Differences


The Jennifer Leavitt Student Center on the USU Eastern campus played host to the fifth annual 2019 USU Eastern Diversity Conference on Wednesday.

Beginning at 9 a.m. with a light breakfast, the keynote speaker of the day quickly followed. Katie Clifford is the current Global Marketing Manager for OC Tanner in Salt Lake City. A native of Salt Lake, Clifford spent over a decade traveling to many different places before returning to Utah in 2016.

Clifford spoke on the different positions she has held, including field of play operations for the 2002 Olympics, sports marketing at PUMA and working with other well-known brands such as The North Face, Nike and Ralph Lauren. Having experienced these different companies and positions, Clifford had much to say on the feeling of, or lack of, inclusion in the workplace and the world.

Four sessions followed Clifford’s presentation, interrupted by a brief lunch and a performance by the Utah State University Blanding’s Cultural Ambassador Performance.

These sessions covered topics such as “Queer Youth Mental Health,” “Sex Workers Rights as a Human Rights and Diversity Issue” and “Creating Inclusive Space.” A special thanks went to CAPP and USUSA Blanding, the Sun Center, Diversity & Inclusion Committee, USUE QRC, Allie Chamberlain, David Hall, Sydney Ho, Inez Johnson, Tomi Lasley, Jan Thornton, Kristian Olsen and Emily Bradley for making the event possible.

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