Michael Nelson

Growing up on the Navajo Nation in Window Rock, AZ., my family home was bursting at the seams. I am the 3rd oldest of 11 kids and I made the move to Southern Utah in 1992. I attended Woodward, Pine View middle school and I graduated from Snow Canyon in 1999. I started to attend Dixie State College and was a full time student until fall of 2000, when I got a full time job, got married, started a family and I quit college. I started in a highly successful sales career with different companies locally and did that for 15 years.

I made the decision to return to college in spring 2012; I started my first semester after 11 long years in hopes for a better future for me, my kids and my parents. I attended four consecutive semesters (including summer) so that I would be able to graduate with my Associates of Sciences in one year. I went on to earn my Bachelors in Communications at Dixie State University. I also served on Dixie State’s Student Government as the Multicultural and Diversity club representative for two years and as the Outreach/Service leader in the Multicultural/Diversity Center for three years. I earned numerous awards for the year including Communications Student of the Year, The Dixie 11 Award, given to the top 11 Bachelor graduate students and the prestigious 2015 Male Student of the Year. I was also inducted into Lambda Pi Eta, the Communications national honor society and served in the executive office, as the secretary.

After graduating, I took a position in the Multicultural Inclusion Center at DSU as the Native American Student Advisor and am currently the Outreach Coordinator. I am actively involved with the Indian Parent Advisory Committee (IPAC) for the Indian Education Program sponsored by the Washington County School District. In addition I have experience with several community service organizations. I have worked with Switchpoint, Habitat for humanity, the Youth Detention Center, Red Rock Canyon School among others.

I am celebrating my 4 year anniversary and have 3 sons, the youngest being 7 months old. I am excited to work with the Southern Utah Pacific Islander Coalition and the Polynesian community. I hope to lend my expertise and help continue to build a stronger, united image for SUPIC.