Exciting changes are coming to the Utah Chapter of AWP! After a year of dialogues and learning on the topic of “Dismantling White Supremacy” we have taken notes and are making some structural changes to our chapter. Utah AWP is committed to mobilizing the power and passion of our membership to support activism and advocacy that promotes our vision of equitable access to mental health and wellbeing for all. 

In 2022 we will be launching two new groups of Utah AWP, an Activism Caucus and a BIPOC Advisory Council. These two groups will help guide our focus on initiatives that will transform Utah’s mental health system to address structural oppression and discrimination. If you are interested in joining either of these groups, please submit your expression of interest at this link. We are looking to build and recruit Implementation Collective members and caucus participants. 

We invite our members to join us on Friday January 14, 2022 from 6 pm – 8 pm (official invitation to come) for a social where we will connect as a chapter and discuss these upcoming changes. There will be opportunities to get involved in these initiatives and share your thoughts on the future of Utah AWP. 

Changes on the Implementation Collective  

Our Implementation Collective is growing and changing as we embark on these changes at Utah AWP. Chapter co-founder and long-time Implementation Collective Member (affectionately known as IMP’s) Donna Hawxhurst has retired her position as Co-Coordinator after 26 years as an active member of our chapter. On behalf of Utah AWP, we extend a huge thanks to Donna for her years of mentorship, activism, and wisdom. Donna will continue to be an active member of Utah AWP as an IMP Emerita. Current IMP Amber Choruby Whiteley will take over as a Co-Coordinator (CoCo) with current CoCo Denise Francis Montaño. 

Donna Hawxhurst, retiring Co-Coordinator of Utah AWP

We are thrilled to welcome a new IMP, Katherine Aguilera, into our collective as the Membership Coordinator. Katherine joins us with years of programming design and implementation experience, you can learn more about her and our current Implementation Collective on our website.