Salt Lake Community College students will participate in the annual Utah Pride Festival next week to show solidarity for all and celebrate inclusivity at SLCC.
Registered students, faculty and staff will march in the Pride Parade, which is scheduled for Sunday, June 5 at 10 a.m. The parade route will run from West Temple to 400 E. along 200 S. in Salt Lake City.
After implementing the Inclusivity and Equity Initiative, President Deneece Huftalin said she felt strongly about having a presence at the Pride Festival. Nearly 300 students participated in last year’s event to promote the inclusive environment on campus.
SLCC actively works to provide a welcoming environment for all students, including LGBTQ students. The school accepts anyone wanting to gain knowledge and provides resources to protect students from discrimination.
The Utah Pride Festival started in 1974 as a small, informal gathering that now averages over 35,000 annual visitors. The festival is attended by members of the LGBTQ community, their family members as well as straight allies who wish to show their support. Activities include marches and rallies, interfaith services, a 5K charity run and the Pride Parade.
SLCC is encouraging all interested students, faculty and staff to register online by Wednesday, June 1 to participate in the Pride Parade. Commemorative T-shirts will be handed out to parade participants on site.