SALT LAKE CITY -- Gov. Gary R. Herbert says he is convening a new Multicultural Commission as part of the restructuring of the Office of Ethnic Affairs.
Herbert says the commission will be comprised of representatives from ethnic communities, state agencies and political entities to address issues such as the educational achievement gap, healthcare disparities and joblessness.
Herbert calls it a challenge and an opportunity. He says the goal is to create an entity that can more directly respond to the needs of Utah's growing ethnic community.
The new commission will be co-chaired by Lt. Governor Greg Bell and an ethnic community leader. Also participating will be the executive directors of seven state agencies, the Refugee Services Office director, two legislators, ethnic business leaders and ethnic community representatives. Formal appointments haven't yet been announced.