University of Utah Invites Pandos to Discuss Cultural Appropriation

University of Utah Invites Pandos to Discuss Cultural Appropriation

We were thrilled to be joined by students and people of all races, creeds, and genders during our Discussion on Cultural Appropriation on Monday March 27 from 6:30-8:30 pm at the U of U Behavioral Science Building on 332 South 1400 East in SLC.

We appreciate the turnout from the community and the amazing job done by Wazir Jefferson as the moderator and our presenters:​
Ella Mendoza, Co-Founder of Utah’s Familia: Trans Queer Liberation Movement
Heilala Fu’itahi Potesio, Utah Pacific Islander Civic Engagement Coalition
Brenda Dao, Graduate Assistant for the Women’s Resource Center at the University of Utah
James Hernandez, PANDOS Education Chair
Yolanda Francisco-Nez, Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office of Diversity & Human Rights, Director​
and the closing prayer by : Butch Russell, PANDOS Spiritual Advisor

After the discussion, we had some great questions from the audience (both from those physically present and others attending via our livestream) that were coming from a genuine place of concern and wanting to learn, something we’re very grateful for.

Columbus The Colonizer

On “Columbus Day” PANDOS held a conference to raise awareness for Standing Rock’s fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline. On the day intended to celebrate genocide and oppression, we addressed the painful issue of colonialism and imperialism, and how it continues to ravage our communities. 

Featured Speakers Were:
Moroni Benally – Columbus Day
Irene Ota – COlonialism and Imperialism
Angelena Whitehorse – Being Native
Carol Surveyor – Standing Rock
Carl Moore – PANDOS
Alan Naumann – Fossil Fuels & Green Energy