Sutherland Newsletter – June 16, 2010


We are pleased to announce a way for you to become more meaningfully involved with Sutherland Institute: as a member of the Institute’s Policy Advisory Board.  As you may be aware, Sutherland conducts its policy work through four policy centers:

• The Center for Family and Society
• The Center for Limited Government
• The Center for Educational Progress
• The Center for Community and Economy


The policy centers function as the “brain trust” and core of our efforts to protect the cause of freedom, constructively influence Utah’s policy leaders, and promote responsible citizenship.  We believe it is wisdom to expand this brain trust – our sphere of expertise, input, and influence – for Sutherland to stay fresh in our thinking and effective in our engaging of policy processes.


We believe you can help us.


The new Policy Advisory Board will be comprised of approximately 80 members.  Each member will request and subsequently receive a subcommittee assignment focused on one of our four policy centers.  The subcommittee assignments will be limited to approximately 20 people per policy center.


In your service on the Policy Advisory Board, we would expect you to attend two meetings each year – one general policy conference and one subcommittee conference – and attend the three sessions of Sutherland’s award-winning Transcend Series on political leadership, integrity, and principles.


The Policy Advisory Board serves in an advisory capacity.  We are seeking your thoughtful and prudent counsel to develop new policy ideas, perfect ongoing projects, and challenge us when you think we’re headed in a wrong direction.


This application is open to anyone.


While we would expect each member to be in general harmony with Sutherland’s vision, mission, promise, governing principles, and policy center objectives, complete agreement on individual matters of policy is not required to participate on the Policy Advisory Board.  In fact, we are seeking individuals with diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds to inform our policy work.


If you would are interested to apply to serve on Sutherland’s new Policy Advisory Board, please take a moment to complete the following steps:


Step 1: Review our Vision/Mission/Promise/Governing Principles (here).


Step 2: Review each of the four policy center summaries (here).


Step 3: Email us at with your contact information and a brief description of why you would like to serve on our new Policy Advisory Board.


We will announce our selections in the near future.  Meetings will begin in the fall.


Let’s face it – you’ve always wanted the opportunity to tell Sutherland what to do.  Now here’s your chance!



Sutherland Institute’s Center for Family and Society hosted an Immigration Forum on Thursday, June 24, on the timely topic: “Our Undocumented Neighbors: What the Conversation Should Be About.”  A brief recap of the event is now available at


The Most Reverend John C. Wester, Bishop of the Salt Lake Catholic Diocese, and Brett Tolman, former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, were the featured guests as Sutherland President Paul Mero served as moderator.


Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants live in Utah, and there is increasing debate regarding what do to about, with, for, or to them.  With animosity building among many citizens and civic leaders addressing the issue, the Forum considered several dimensions of the issue, emphasizing that the dialogue should be about real people and real families, not objectified “aliens” and abstract terms.


The full 90-minute session is also available in 10 installments on Sutherland Institute’s YouTube channel at