Robert “Archie” Archuleta, CDEA’s much-loved board member, died on January 25, 2019, at the age of 88, in SLC. Archie was a celebrated Utah educator; Civil and Human Rights Activist; builder of SOCIO (Utah’s Spanish Speaking Organization for Community, Integrity, and Opportunity); mentor to a new generation of Chicano-Hispano community organizers; and a mischievous rabble rouser and truth seeker.
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, Utah Education Association, and Salt Lake City NAACP.

One of five children, Archie was born on July 22, 1930, in Grand Junction, CO. As a freshman in high school, he suffered a severe football injury, developed gangrene, and compelled local doctors to remove the toes of his left foot and, later, part of his leg. Ironically, the injury spurred his parents to push him out of railroad work and “into something else.” That something else became a college education and a teaching license.

Archie was the first in his family (and his Pocatello, Idaho barrio) to graduate college. In 1953, he moved to Utah to teach public school. Over the ensuing decades, he married, became the father of five children, and one of the state’s most recognized civil and human rights activists. In the 1960s he worked with the NAACP to end local segregation and repeal the state’s anti-miscegenation law. In the 1970s and 80s, he helped develop the Spanish Speaking Organization for Community, Integrity, and Opportunity (SOCIO), Utah’s most effective Chicano-Hispano civil rights organization. He worked for jobs and educational opportunities for Chicanos; he fought against police abuse; he rallied for immigrants; and he mentored young activists, women as well as men; and he helped CDEA grow and take on new challenges. His bright spirit was on the forefront of social justice issues for more than half a century.

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.
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.

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.

David E. Litvack, born April 25, 1972 in Salt Lake City, is a former Democratic member of the Utah State House of Representatives.  From 2000 through 2012, he represented the state’s 26th House district in central Salt Lake City and part of West Valley City. He also was the minority leader in the Utah House and an indefatigable champion of social justice and human rights issues.

In 2008, Litvack began to serve as the coordinator of the Criminal Justice Advisory in the office of Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon. In this role, he worked closely with local officials within the county and state criminal and social justice system to develop strategies to reduce recidivism, improve information-sharing between agencies, and enhance the use of data-driven decision making.

In 2016, Litvack was selected to become Deputy Chief of Staff for Salt Lake City Mayor Jackie Biskupski. “In order to realize the full potential of Salt Lake City,” Biskupski said, “we need a strong advocate for responsible and strategic policy at the city, county and state levels. With his years of leadership in the legislature and experience at the county level, Litvack is the perfect choice to help move the capital city forward.”

In 2020, following Mayor Biskupski’s choice not to run for a second term, Litvack was selected to hold the position of Senior Policy Advisor by new Salt Lake Mayor Erin Mendenhall. In the new administration, Litvack will coordinate and direct the policy efforts on key issues such as equity, diversity, human rights, and criminal justice

Russell Minas (pronounced “Mihnóss”) graduated from University of Utah College of Law in 1989 and practiced in Salt Lake City for 29 years until his appointment as a district court commissioner. Russell 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 over the years worked in law firms large and small, and as a sole practitioner. He specialized in matrimonial and family law, collaborative law and domestic mediation. Russell 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 and a member of the Utah Council on Conflict Resolution. He also served as a court-qualified master mediator and as a private Guardian Ad Litem.

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.

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.