This is Derek Miller, Speaking on Business. We recently reached the one-year mark since the Coronavirus first hit Utah. Since then, the Multicultural Advisory Committee of Utah’s COVID-19 Response has been committed to transparency and building trust with underrepresented communities in the state. Ze Min Xiao, co-chair of the committee, is here to tell us how the Multicultural Advisory Committee has helped our state to recover and improve.


The Multicultural Advisory Committee of Utah’s COVID-19 Response was convened May 1st of 2020 to work in collaboration with existing campaigns and organizations to amplify efforts and alleviate the growing disparities faced by underserved communities. The committee is a cross-section of racially and ethnically diverse leaders from state agencies, community-based organizations, nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and education advocates. Committee members have prioritized equity and inclusion strategies that work to close service gaps around language access, food and housing insecurity, and equitable distribution of state resources including tests and vaccines.

We have considered long and short-term goals that address the existing challenges the pandemic has compounded through both practical efforts and policy initiatives. Our hope and goal are that as we recover from the pandemic, we do so together and that we leave no individual or family behind.


We are grateful for the leadership, inclusive initiatives, and efforts of the Multicultural Advisory Committee. To learn more, visit I’m Derek Miller with the Salt Lake Chamber, and this is Speaking on Business