University Neighborhood Partners is committed to amplifying the leadership and engagement of west side residents in defining, creating, and participating in the evolution of Salt Lake City’s west side. As we collectively work to deepen our impact, this year’s Community Leadership Partnerships team brings multidisciplinary experience and passion for working with community. Our team will be working to connect existing UNP partnerships that will expand the Westside Leadership Institute partnership to offer residents multiple opportunities and pathways for increased access to resources and enhanced leadership capacity.
We welcome Elizabeth, Lana, and Kalei to UNP!
Elizabeth Arnold is a first year graduate student at the University of Utah in the City & Metropolitan Planning Department. She was born & raised in Utah and has enjoyed growing up in this beautiful state. She enjoys playing all kinds of sports especially pickleball, swimming, skiing, playing the piano, traveling and more. She is looking forward to working with community councils on the west side of Salt Lake City.
Lana Lichfield graduated in Public Health at Brigham Young University and is now pursuing a Masters in Social Work at the University of Utah. She is passionate about empowering others to live healthier, happier lives. Lana is fluent in Spanish and loves learning about other cultures and people. She has interned at the National Center on Sexual Exploitation in Washington, D.C., helped individuals struggling with neurological issues at The Neuro Clinic, and is now excited to help community members find their passion to enrich their community with the Westside Leadership Institute.
“So’o le fau ma le fau”, in working together we can accomplish great things. A mentality Kalei would keep in mind as she grew up in the diverse Westside culture of Salt Lake City. As a current student at the University of Utah, she is a Sociology major with an emphasis in Criminology and an English Creative Writing minor. She is interested in the stories of people and was able to serve for a year and a half in New York City, where she was able to meet and talk to many people of different backgrounds. Before this service, she was a tutor for students from refugee families and worked on an urban farm in Glendale for Utahns Against Hunger. While Kalei enjoys learning all types of stories and visiting other places, she knows the best stories come from family at home, because knowing where you come from helps you to know where you are going. She is very excited for this adventure as a Pasifika Ambassador for the UNP and the University of Utah Pacific Islands Studies Initiative. In her spare time, she loves movies (Netflix all the way), listening to all types of music, and hanging out with family, friends, and her two dogs, Widdle and Pascal.
Content provided by Saolo Manumaleuga Utu, Community Leadership Partnerships Manager for UNP.