Robert “Archie” Archuleta graduated from Idaho State College with a BA in Social Sciences and Education. From 1953-1987 he worked as an elementary school teacher and administrator in the Salt Lake City School District.  After retiring from education, he joined Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson’s administration as a civil rights advocate.  An icon of civil and human rights activism in the state, he was president of the board of the Utah Coalition of La Raza and served on the boards of Centro Civico Mexicano, Alliance for Unity, and many others. He received the Quixote Lifetime Achievement Award from the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and awards from the Mexican Consulate, the Utah Education Association, and the Salt Lake City NAACP.

David Baddley, Photography Professor, Westminster College, is an avid cyclist, backcountry hiker, and soft-core mountaineer. He is passionate about making art, mostly action-based land art and photography. He also works with film, video, concept work, and performance art. His work has been included in dozens of group exhibits from Salt Lake City, Utah, to Budapest, Hungary. He has had thirteen solo exhibits, the most recent one at the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art. His art work and his writings have appeared in several publications, including ArtWeek, Leica View, and Lens Work. He has created publications, received grants, and won awards for his work. A book of his photos, Peace, was published by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art in 2006, and an exhibit of the photos in the book was simultaneously presented by the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art.
Luis Garza, Executive Director of Communidades Unidas/Communities United, has been involved in community affairs for the past ten years. Prior to working for Communidades Unidas/Communities United, Luis worked for the SLC Mayor’s Office of Diversity and Human Rights, the Utah State Office of Ethnic Affairs, and the University of Utah Hospital. Luis has Bachelor’s degrees in Economics and International Relations and a minor in Business from the University of Utah. In 2011, he obtained a Masters Degree in Public Administration, with a Non-Profit Management emphasis, also from the University of Utah. His thesis was focused on the health issues of Mexican migrant workers, particularly their access to health care when interacting with the U.S. health care system. Luis is passionate about U.S, Mexican politics and their implications for migration and immigrant integration. He is accredited by the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Immigration Appeals, to provide immigration services in the state of Utah.
Russell Minas (pronounced “Mihnóss”) is a shareholder at the Salt Lake City law firm of Prince, Yeates & Geldzahler. He graduated from the S. J. Quinney University of Utah College of Law in 1989 and has practiced domestic relations law in Salt Lake City for the past twenty-six years. Minas is a former staff attorney, domestic violence program director, and executive director of the Legal Aid Society of Salt Lake. In 1994, he entered private practice and was a sole practitioner for the next eighteen years. He continues to specialize in family law, collaborative family law, and domestic mediation.

Minas is a member and past chair of the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section of the Utah State Bar. In 2013, he was recognized as the Utah State Bar’s Family Law Attorney of the Year. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a member and a past chair of the Utah Association of Collaborative Professionals, and a member of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution. He also is courtqualified master mediator for domestic relations. He serves on the Utah Online Court Assistance Program (OCAP) Policy Board, on the Utah Child Support Guidelines Advisory Committee, and various other committees.

Larry Cesspooch (Whitebelly) is one of the Ute Spiritual Leaders residing on the Uintah and Ouray Ute reservation in Northeastern Utah. He is a filmmaker and works as the Tribe’s Head Start Fatherhood Advocate/Public Relations Liaison. Cesspooch believes documenting history and culture through media is an excellent way to preserve, educate, and bring understanding to future generations, and he fully supports CDEA and The Leonardo.

Kathleen Christy is originally from Compton, California. She moved to Utah to attend the University of Utah in 1970. From 1975 to 2017, Christy was an educator in the Salt Lake City and Utah public school systems.  She served as a teacher for ten years; she was then an equity specialist at the Utah State Office of Education for seven years.  She later became an elementary school principal for five years, and finally she was Salt Lake City School District’s Assistant to the Superintendent for Equity and Advocacy. Christy retired in June 2017, but remains actively involved in a variety of community roles, from serving on advisory boards to leadership in community-based organizations. Diversity and multicultural education are her specialties, and she continues to conduct numerous trainings and presentations on diversity issues.

Brian Patrick has been directing award-winning documentaries for over 30 years. Three films he directed, produced, and edited aired on National Public Television: Testimony, On Their Honor, and The Hideout. Patrick collaborated with director Steven Spielberg, interviewing survivors of the Holocaust for The Shoah Foundation. He holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Ohio University School of Film, and has taught film production at five universities. Patrick was Filmmaker-in-Residence for the Wyoming Arts Council from 1975-78. He has been teaching at the University of Utah since 1978, where he is a Professor in the Department of Film and Media Arts. Patrick recently completed a feature documentary titled, Burying The Past: Legacy of The Mountain Meadows Massacre, which garnered eleven awards. Burying the Past recounts the 1857 event when 120 immigrants traveling from Arkansas to the West Coast were murdered by Utah’s Mormon settlers. The story exposes a coverup as descendants from both sides struggle to reveal what occurred and to heal past wounds.
Natalya Rapoport, Ph.D. is a research professor in the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Utah. She graduated in 1960 from Moscow State University with a master’s degree in chemistry and received her Ph.D. in polymer science from the Karpov Institute of Physical Chemistry in Moscow in 1966. In 1986, she was awarded a Doctor of Science degree (one step above the Ph.D. in Russia and Europe). Natalya is also a writer of fiction and non-fiction. In 1988, the Pushkin Foundation in Russia published a collection of her stories. Her second book was published in Russia in 2005 to great success, and she has offers for a reprinting. She has two screenplays awaiting a producer.

Brittney Nystrom is the Executive Director of the ACLU of Utah. She previously served as Director for Advocacy at Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Washington, D.C. where she advocated on behalf of refugees, unaccompanied children, and immigrants in detention.  Earlier in her career, she was the Director of Policy and Legal Affairs at the National Immigration Forum, where her advocacy focused on due process concerns and overdue reforms to the immigration system.  She also had represented detained individuals facing deportation and advocated for humane detention conditions as the Legal Director at the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights Coalition.

Through her extensive work on immigration and refugee issues, Brittney is a recognized national expert and has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights.  Prior to her extensive legal advocacy work, she was in private practice as part of the litigation team at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobsen, LLP, in Washington, D.C.  She holds degrees from the University of Notre Dame and Northwestern University School of Law, and is admitted to the bar in D.C. and Illinois.

Amos N. Guiora is Professor of Law at the S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah. He teaches International Law, Global Perspectives on Counterterrorism and Religion, and Terrorism, incorporating innovative scenario-based instruction to address national and international security issues. Professor Guiora has published extensively on issues related to national security, limits of interrogation, religion and terrorism, the limits of power, multiculturalism and human rights. He is the author of many books and book chapters, including In the Crosshairs of Unfettered Executive Power: The Moral Dilemmas of Justifying and Carrying Out Targeted Killings; Establishing a Drone Court: Restraints on the Executive Branch; and First Amendment and National Security..

Professor Guiora’s recent book, The Crime of Complicity: The Bystander in the Holocaust, helped build a foundation for legislation introduced to the 2018 Utah State Legislative Session by Rep. Brian King that would require Utah citizens to assist others who are suffering, or threatened with serious bodily injury associated with a crime or another emergency.