The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy is proud to present Fireside Chats! These fireside chats are short conversations with Utah’s citizen diplomats who are reformulating the American worldview by bringing their global experience back home. We hope that the embers of this conversation will light a fire in you to also make the global - local.
Names Matter: Pronunciation, Inclusion, and Belonging
Join us on a journey of inclusion and belonging with Ruchika Tulshyan, inclusion speaker and author of Inclusion on Purpose. As Utah welcomes more minorities, refugees, and immigrants, it becomes more and more important to be culturally sensitive. The seemingly small act of pronouncing names correctly is discussed in depth, from how we can approach awkward moments of getting it wrong, to how names can affect self esteem and leadership opportunities.
Native Americans in Utah: Historical Injustice, Traditional Dance, and Looking Forward
Our latest episode features Nino Reyos, a Ute/Pueblo traditional dancer, flute player, US Marines veteran, educator, and therapist. Join us as he discusses the history of indigenous people in Utah, keeping traditions alive, and dancing at the World Expo in Dubai.
Gerald, Gandhi and Mother Teresa: Life Parallels
Join Gerald Brown, Utah State Refugee Coordinator, while he shares his story and experiences that helped shape his passion for working in refugee resettlement. From living in Cairo, processing asylum applications, helping shape the refugee process to include refugee community organizations, and assisting with the creation of the Utah Refugee Services Offices, Brown's motto of "just befriend a refugee in Utah" has opened endless opportunities. Join us for a live recording of UCCD's Executive Director, Felecia Maxfield-Barrett, and Gerald Brown discuss how his actions have exemplified the spirit of Citizen Diplomacy, how Utah has led a successful path of refugee resettlement, and how the community can step up to assist with the hurdles refugees continue to face in our state.
The Search for Life on Mars & How it Begins on Earth
Dr. Baxter explains how by studying Earth’s extreme environments, scientists around the world have learned much about the limits of life (as we know it) on Earth. How are these lessons applied to the search for life on Mars? Dr. Baxter studies the extremophiles that live in Great Salt Lake and employs them as models for potential life off our planet. She discusses the salt deposits on Mars currently being explored by NASA’s Perseverance Rover, and why Jezero Crater is reminiscent of salt lakes on Earth. Also, how will this connect to other Mars missions this year from UAE and China, and how will the European Space Agency help Perseverance send samples home?
The Geography of International Development
Nils Bergeson, Founder/Executive Director at ENGAGE Global Storytelling, discusses international development as an element of human geography. Nils applies his decade of experience as a former foreign service officer at USAID to explain how development works and how it doesn't work. Nils also discusses some of the myths and misconceptions regarding international development efforts!
Kiki & the Kitchen
Join Kiki Sharma as she tells us about her journey from growing up in a refugee camp in Nepal to becoming an Utah restaurant owner and manager! Kiki and her family are an inspiring example of resiliency. Despite Covid restrictions, Kiki continues to run Bhutan House Restaurant and make a living for her family. Join us for this live recording of a community podcast and talk to Kiki about her life experiences!
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