April 9 - 14, 2018

About the Diversity Celebration

The Annual Diversity Celebration supports and enhances Appalachian State University's mission of "accepting the responsibility to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural, and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation, and world," by providing a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.

The Diversity Celebration at Appalachian State University is an annual multicultural festival that features performing arts, craft workshops, educational exhibits and ethnic foods by local and regional presenters and artisans. This free event seeks to provide participants with a safe environment for learning about others, while encouraging deeper exploration of differences. In striving to foster an atmosphere that promotes inclusion and collaboration among all sectors of the university and greater community, the Diversity Celebration is a living, breathing entity with a sweet spirit that underscores the institution's commitment to honor diversity in all its aspects.

Diversity Celebration Planning Committee members strive to:

  • enhance the appreciation of diversity and multiculturalism through the performing arts, information, and foods
  • provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about diversity and multiculturalism
  • provide hands on opportunities for learning
  • increase awareness and understanding of diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • use this safe forum as a springboard to seek other opportunities to engage in a deeper level with topics and issues of diversity

Established in fall of 2002, the Diversity Celebration Planning Committee is a diverse organization comprised of staff, faculty, students and local community members. Working together in a collaborative effort, committee members provide Appalachian State University and the surrounding communities, Watauga, Ashe, and Avery counties in particular, with an annual festival that is one of the regions cultural jewels. Its value to the region is immeasurable, and it belongs to us all.

Diversity Celebration 2002-2011: A Retrospective

This video was produced to promote the 2011 Diversity Celebration, but provides a great retrospective of the Festival up to that time. Many of the faces have changed, but the spirit of the Festival remains the same.

Planning Committee (2017)

  • Danielle Carter, Chair
    Office of Multicultural Student Development
  • Patricia Cornette
    Office of Research
  • Paul Ford
    Plemmons Student Union
  • Victoria Hayes
    Student Engagment and Leadership
  • Susan King
    Office of Equity, Diversity and Compliance
  • Jeanne Lawrence
    Office of Multicultural Student Development
  • Sarah Levine
  • Lindsay Pepper
    Office of International Education and Development
  • Sherone Price
    Department of Theatre and Dance
  • Khedema Robert
  • Pam Shirley
  • Lindy Wagner
    Office of Multicultural Student Development
  • Elisabeth Wall
    University Communications
  • Kelley Wolcott
    College Access Partnerships
  • Nick Wright
    Coordinator for Fraternity & Sorority Life