Tuesday, April 4, 2017

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 (2016)

  • Ms. Kelley Wolcott (Chair)
    NC Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education (NCACHE)
  • Patricia Cornett
  • Mr. Charlie Wallin (Chair)
    Food Services
  • Chef Dan MacDonald
  • Pastry Chef Charlotte Beckner
  • Jen Maxwell
Marketing & Transportation
  • Mr. Everette Nichols (Chair)
    Office of Multicultural Student Development
  • Andrea Sell
  • Susan King
Unity Festival
  • Christine Dave' (Chair)
    Student Support Services
  • Pam Shirley
  • Diane Wilcox
  • Tracey Tardiff
  • Traci Royster (Chair)
    Office of Multicultural Student Development
  • Jeanne Lawrence
  • Christine Dave’
  • Rebecca Keeter
  • Sherone Price
  • Ginger Bryant
  • Khedema Robert
  • Jazmine Griffin
  • Nathalia Pena’
  • Ty White
  • Susan King
  • Elisabeth Wall (Chair)
    University Communications
  • Pete Montaldi
  • Adam Lucas
  • Victor Moore
People of the Planet Soccer Tournament
  • Rahman Tashakkori (Chair)
    Computer Science Department
  • Organized committee comprised of AppState, Watauga High School, and community volunteers