We are deeply saddened by the loss of Utah’s civil rights icon, community leader, activist, educator, and University of Utah alum, Robert “Archie” Archuleta. Archie’s work became impactful and embedded at the U. He was a mentor to our students and student groups as he paved the way for students to become advocates of social change. He also encouraged many students to continue on in their journey as either policymakers or representatives for marginalized communities. Archie was a vital member of the U’s Diversity Community Council as he worked to connect higher education to the greater Salt Lake community. In 2018, he was recognized by the U’s Chicana/o Scholarship Fund by receiving The Outstanding Community Leadership Award.
Archie’s cheerfulness and ability to inspire our campus will be profoundly missed by our students, staff, and faculty; together, we will continue to honor his legacy and keep his work alive.