Humans of the U

HUMANS OF THE U: SAMANTHA MATSUKAWA

May 9, 2018

“My training as a dancer influences how I move throughout the world, how I understand my body and how I interact with others. It affects how I think, how I process things and how I choose to engage with the world. I can’t hear music without thinking about movement and I don’t feel like myself if I go long periods of time without engaging with some sort of movement practice.”



MEET THE GRADUATES: CLASS OF 2018

April 30, 2018

As the Class of 2018 prepares to celebrate its success, meet a few of the graduates and remember the ones we’ve highlighted over the last few weeks.



HUMANS OF THE U: NATHANIEL CORDOVA

April 26, 2018

“I will give back to LEAP for the rest of my life. I came to this big university on my own with this goal, and not really sure how to accomplish it. LEAP gives you a direction and they opened doors.”



HUMANS OF THE U: NICHOLE RANUIO

April 24, 2018

“I’ll never forget when the first service dog my husband and I trained met his veteran. We were at the airport to meet our veteran. We saw him coming around the corner in his wheelchair, and he went straight to his dog, Ares (who he named after the God of War), and said, ‘I’ve been waiting a really long time for you,’ and for a few minutes, the pair were so connected they weren’t even aware of the rest of us around them.”



HUMANS OF THE U: JESSAKA NAKAI

April 20, 2018

“After graduating, I want to help build a better bridge and provide a voice for my home community. We are one of the original groups of Utah Navajos and, a lot of times when it comes to issues we face in our community, our voices get drowned out by groups off the reservation.”