Diversity & Inclusion

The purpose of Diversity & Inclusion is to increase USU Blanding student awareness about various cultures, to provide a space of equity, access, and social justice for underrepresented students at USU Blanding, and to assist students with multicultural competence and the ability to work with a variety of people from different cultures.

Diversity & Inclusion strives to provide education and facilitate cultural experiences for USU Blanding students, faculty and staff through programs such as:

Navajo Hogan

Reservation Information

A Hogan is a sacred structure for the Navajo (Diné) people who practice traditional teachings. It is a holy sanctuary and a place of respect and learning, as well as a place to perform ceremonies and keep balance in life. The Hogan is considered a living being (iina’) which when treated with respect will protect its inhabitants. The Hogan also brings happiness, harmony, and material goods, making it a holy place. Many aspects of the Navajo life are taught within the walls of the Hogan and also many sacred songs and ceremonies are practiced, performed, and taught by a Holy Medicine man.  The Hogan is considered a place of learning and re-learning of traditional and cultural aspects of the Navajo way of life.
In order to ensure that activities that take place in the Hogan are in keeping with the spirit and purpose of this type of facility, the Hogan operates under USUSA Blanding as part of the Student Involvement & Leadership office.

Want to reserve the Hogan? Questions? Email: getinvolvedblanding@usu.edu

Native American Pow Wow

"Celebrating and Preserving Indigenous Roots"

Traditionally, Pow Wow's served a number of functions. They were held in the spring to celebrate the new beginning of life. Honoring warriors, personal achievements, and ceremonies for dropped eagle feathers are still part of Pow Wows today. The Pow-Wow preserves a deep, lasting sense of family, pride and tradition. Behind the display of dance, music and vibrant regalia are sacred legends and meanings.

Diversity and Inclusion Activities

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Diversity & Inclusion activities are for students, faculty, staff, and community members to experience authentic cultural norms.

Indigenous People's Day - October 10th, 2022
Native Heritage Week - November 14th-18th ,2022


Land Acknowlegement

As a land-grant institution, Utah State University campuses and centers reside and operate on the territories of the eight tribes of Utah, who have been living, working, and residing on this land from time immemorial. These tribes are the Confederated Tribes of the Goshute Indians, Navajo Nation, Ute Indian Tribe, Northwestern Band of Shoshone, Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah, San Juan Southern Paiute, Skull Valley Band of Goshute, and White Mesa Band of the Ute Mountain Ute.

We acknowledge these lands carry the stories of these Nations and their struggles for survial and identity. We recognize Elders past and present as peoples who have cared for, and continue to care for, the land. In offering this land acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous self-governance history, experiences, and resiliency of the Native people who are still here today.