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Utah Humanities Council fosters Community Leaders

June 25, 2013 | By Federal/State Partnership Staff

Two Utah Humanities Council staff members were recently recognized for their leadership roles and work for the common good for all Utahns.

UHC Executive Director Cynthia Buckingham was recognized by the Community Foundation of Utah as one of their “Enlightened 50.” The Enlightened 50, or E-50, are Utahns nominated by their communities who make a measurable, but often unsung, difference in the lives of their fellow citizens. Out of this group of nominees, fifty are selected by fellow nominees as leaders who the feel most meet the nomination criteria. Qualities such as being an innovator, a builder, and a visionary are highly valued for this honor. This year’s group of E-50 members come from across Utah and are all pioneering original approaches to critical issues facing Utah and its people. Winners were recognized at an event on June 6, 2013.  

UHC Associate Director Jean Cheney was also honored for her achievements in serving the people of Utah. Jean was recognized by the Utah Division of Arts & Museums as one of sixteen certified graduates of the Change Leader Institute, a leadership development program for people interested in advancing their communities through culture and the arts. To become certified, each Change Leader must complete a certification project. Jean's certification project was a Clemente Course in the Humanities at East High School in Salt Lake City involving students from underrepresented groups in college. The Clemente Course is a UHC partnership with Westminster College, the University of Utah, University Neighborhood Partners, and the Salt Lake City School District.

Congratulations to Cynthia and Jean for all their hard work on behalf of all Utahns!