Utah Tech University invites community to intercollegiate Pacific Island showcase

Bringing together Pacific Islander students from college campuses across the state, Utah Tech University is hosting the Intercollegiate Showcase of Many Islands in a Common Sea.

Presented by Utah Tech’s Center for Inclusion & Belonging and Pasefika Student Union, along with the Utah Pacific Islander Intercollegiate Association, the showcase is set to take place at 6 p.m. on April 8 in the M.K. Cox Performing Arts Center on the Utah Tech campus. The showcase is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to host various Pacific Island student groups from across the state,” Mike Nelson, interim director for Utah Tech’s Center for Inclusion and Belonging, said. “This is a great opportunity for students to share their culture and heritage, network and create meaningful friendships.”

As part of the event, Pacific Islander students from Utah Tech University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, University of Utah, Southern Utah University and Utah Valley University will come together to share their culture and traditions through dance, music and traditional clothing.

“This is an amazing window of opportunity for not just our Utah Tech students but all our Pacific Islander clubs from the state of Utah to share their culture with us,” Isabel Herrera Pedro, coordinator for Asian American and Pacific Islander students at Utah Tech, said.  “For the past couple of years, this event has been held in Northern Utah, and I am so excited to finally bring this showcase down to St. George and the region of Southern Utah.”

Utah Tech’s Center for Inclusion & Belonging fosters a sense of belonging through campus and community engagement events to celebrate cultural identities. For more information about Utah Tech University’s Center for Inclusion & Belonging, visit cib.utahtech.edu.