Emma E. Houston works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase awareness around diversity, inclusion and equity. The work is designed to create inclusive spaces that celebrate, acknowledge, embrace and understands the overachieving umbrella of diversity, inclusion and equity. Helping Salt Lake County Government define, implement, and advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion internally while advocating for it in the larger communities creates a powerful impact across the County.
A longtime community volunteer and advocate, Emma was appointed in 2016 as the Diversity & Inclusion Director by Mayor Ben McAdams for Salt Lake County’s Office of Diversity Affairs and now serves under the leadership and direction of the current mayor, Jenny WIlson.
Emma serves on several community, national and international boards which includes; Chair for the MLK Commission, the HistoryMakers, Reverend France A. Davis Scholarship Foundation, You Got This! Women’s Interfaith, Utah Diversity Connections, PBS KUED, Anne Stirba Cancer Foundation, and the Huntsman Cancer Foundation Community Advisory Committee. Emma is the vice-president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Upsilon Beta Omega Chapter and an International Representative for the organization's Disaster Relief Committee.
Emma hails from Texas, lived in Florida for 10 years and has been a resident of Utah since 1986. Emma brings her collaborative skills and community connections to the Diversity & Inclusion position and enjoys working with all communities.
Ms. Gabriela Monarrez is a third year student at the University of Utah and is set to graduate in the Spring of 2021. She is studying Sociology and Political Science with an Emphasis in International Politics. Born and raised in an immigrant home in Southern California, Gabriela has always valued diversity and inclusion. She strives to be a catalyst for change and hopes to continue facilitating conversations on intersectionality.