What is the Color Collective?
The Color Collective is a designated community space and multi-genre program for Womxn, Femmes & Non-Binary Persons of Color (Black, Indigenous, POC) who are living in Utah. This Fall-to-Spring program is designed for Womxn, Femmes & Non-Binary Persons of Color to come together for healing, empowerment, and reconciliation in their experiences of racism, sexism, and other intersectional oppressions through education and dialogue, community collaboration, highlighting POC community organizing and advocacy in Utah, self-care and healing practices, and forming new connections with other like-minded individuals.
What We Do
Thank you for your interest in YWCA Utah’s programming. You have found us while we are on a brief pause. We are working to keep all programs accessible and equitable for our residents, staff, and community. To sustain our race equity work in line with our mission to eliminate racism and empower women, we must include a focus on accessibility for queer, trans, femme, and non-binary Black, Indigenous, and people of color.
YWCA Utah is on a mission to create a safe environment for people fleeing domestic violence and further experiencing marginalization to gain the skills and resources they need to help reach self-sufficiency. To support our programming while we rework our strategies to engage those living on our campus and others involved with YWCA’s direct services, we humbly ask for your financial assistance through direct donations online via our website.
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Allies/Accomplices Please be Advised:We appreciate your solidarity and indeed, hope for your support. We ask that you respect that meetings and our outings (unless otherwise noted) are only open to womxn, femmes, and non-binary persons of color. For the time being, please increase your own understanding and participation in justice and equity work and consider supporting our group financially. No amount is too small and we truly appreciate your support.
The Color Collective Team
Our Upcoming Events
Thank You to the Co-Founders
Viviana Felix (she/her/ella) is a proud Mexican American striving to learn, preserve and educate herself and others on the intersectional experiences of Latinx individuals in the U.S. In January 2014, Viviana was selected as a candidate in the nationally recognized Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) internship program. Through CHCI Viviana interned for Senator Tom Udall of New Mexico, the state with the largest Hispanic population in the country. In 2015, through the Olene S. Walker Institute Viviana served in the Utah State Legislative interning for Senator Luz Escamilla, the first Latina elected to the Utah State Senate. In May of 2015, Viviana graduated with her Bachelor’s of Arts in Sociology from Weber State University. Last year, Viviana received her Master’s in Community Leadership from Westminster College having done her thesis on the Women of Color experience working for government agencies in Utah. Viviana is the first-ever Diversity Affairs Coordinator for the City of Ogden serving under the direction of Mayor Mike Caldwell. Viviana works with community leaders and city officials to create an inclusive community that thrives on trust, equity, and the interdependence of our diverse communities.
Sarah May (she/hers) is a biracial Salvadoran American, artist, writer, curator, facilitator, and advocate based out of Salt Lake City, Utah. She received a B.F.A. in Photography & Digital Imaging from the University of Utah, and an M.A. in Community Leadership with an Emphasis in Art & Culture from Westminster College. Sarah creates work exploring the intricacy of narrative through imagery and text reflecting on the collective human experience using cyanotype, film photography, retablo ofrendas, and her own writing. Her current work and process reflect her journey exploring identity as being cyclical and evolving, the links personal ancestry manifests in prosperity, embracing Indigeneity, and the idea of destiny and healing as intertwined. Sarah continues her thesis work cultivating and advocating for designated spaces of healing, connection, and empowerment for BIPOC communities with an emphasis in Black, Indigenous, and Womxn and Femmes of Colour. Sarah is the Lead Group Coordinator for Woke Words, a Womxn of Color Reading & Writing Series at the YWCA.