April 8 - 15, 2018

Diversity Celebration

The Diversity Celebration features a wide array of local and international music, eclectic dancing, delectable food, and imaginative crafts. Appalachian students, faculty, staff, K-12 schools, and members of the local community are all invited to join us in this celebration of cultures through art and entertainment.

The 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.

2018 Schedule of Events

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council Carnival
    Apr
    8
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Sanford Mall
    Free event

    The National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) serves as the governing council for nine historically black fraternities and sororities, seven of which are currently represented at Appalachian State University. They will host their second annual NPHC Carnival to engage with the Appalachian Community. The carnival will have booths for the different fraternities and sororities and will include games, food and prizes.

  • Soul Food Sunday — Dinner and Movie
    Apr
    8
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Sunday, April 8, 2018
    5:00pm
    Plemmons Student Union, Solarium
    Free event

    Come enjoy an evening of soul food and “Soul Food.” Soul food is a term used for a type of cuisine traditionally prepared and eaten by African-Americans of the Southern United States. “Soul Food,” a 1997 comedy-drama film starring Vanessa Williams, Vivica A. Fox and Mekhi Phifer, is about traditions that hold families together, and what happens when those traditions are interrupted.

  • HOLI — Festival of Colors
    Apr
    9
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Monday, April 9, 2018
    1:00pm-3:00pm
    Sanford Mall
    Free event

    Originating from Hindu culture, the festival of Holi is celebrated in many parts of South Asia, including India and Nepal, to welcome the arrival of spring. Holi has become known as a “festival of colors,” with participants throwing colored Holi powder called gulal, which covers people from head to toe, leaving them difficult to recognize.

  • Chantal Bilodeau: Addressing Climate Change Through the Arts
    Apr
    9
    Part of Climate Justice Month and the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Monday, April 9, 2018
    5:30pm
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)
    Free event

    Public seminar by playwright Chantal Bilodeau whose work involves storytelling to engage audiences in understanding of climate justice issues.

  • Diversity in Appalachia: Ashley B. Hopkins
    Apr
    9
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Monday, April 9, 2018
    7:00pm
    226 Plemmons Student Union (Linville Falls)
    Free event

    Ashley Hopkins is senior assistant director for the Student Success Center at Miami University. Her research focuses on education in Appalachia. We will examine stereotypes and popular representation/mainstream narrative of Appalachia and consider how diversity challenges metanarratives. Diversity will be broadly defined to include race/tribe, nationality/birth origin, economics, geography, history and place/context.

  • Cultural Exploration: Food Tasting
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    3:00pm-6:00pm
    137 Plemmons Student Union (Grandfather Ballroom)
    Free event

    Open to all students, staff and faculty, this event is focused on teaching elementary/middle school students in the Watauga community about different aspects of culture, which they may not otherwise know about. This activity provides participants with an opportunity to explore culture through a food tasting.

  • West African Dance Experience with Sherone Price and Department of Theatre and Dance
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    3:30pm-4:45pm
    226 Plemmons Student Union (Linville Falls)
    Free event

    Teaching social dances derived from Guinea and other West African nations. This is a growing movement in the U.S., so join us for a master class in African dance. Students and other audience members will have an opportunity to join in the dancing and fun.

  • Multicultural Festival with Cultural Organizations
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    3:30pm-6:00pm
    Plemmons Student Union, Contact tables
    Free event

    Join Appalachian’s multicultural clubs and organizations as each shares information about its respective organization and culture.

  • Cultural Exploration: Biodiversity/Diversity within the Ecosystem
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    122 Plemmons Student Union (Roan Mountain)
    Free event

    Open to all students, staff and faculty, this event is focused on teaching elementary/middle school students in the Watauga community about different aspects of culture, which they may not otherwise know about. The activity on biodiversity/diversity within the ecosystem will provide participants an opportunity to explore culture through science with Appalachian teacher education students.

  • Cultural Exploration: Gran'daddy Junebug
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    4:00pm-6:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)
    Free event

    Open to all students, staff and faculty, this event is focused on teaching elementary/middle school students in the Watauga community about different aspects of culture, which they may not otherwise know about. This activity provides participants with an opportunity to explore culture through a performance by Gran’daddy Junebug, who teaches important lessons through the African oral tradition of “call and response.”

  • Opal Tometi, Co-founder of Black Lives Matter: “Black Lives Matter: Justice, Faith, and Joy”
    Apr
    10
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    5:00pm
    420 Plemmons Student Union (Parkway Ballroom)
    Free event

    With her personal perspective as a first-generation American and an experienced community organizer, Tometi reveals raw insights on the adversities inflicted by social injustice.

  • Film: Speed Sisters (2015)
    Apr
    10
    Part of the Global Film Series and the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Tuesday, April 10, 2018
    6:30pm

    The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. They're bold. They're fearless. And they're tearing up tracks all over Palestine.

  • Yad Vashem Official on the Rescue of Jews by French Monasteries during the Holocaust
    Apr
    11
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    7:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)
    Free event

    During the Holocaust, some Jews were helped by members of various religious congregations in France. The unique lifestyle, the rules of behavior, the ethos, and the communal living created challenges to their clandestine activities and affected their modes of operation. Presented in cooperation with the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Washington, DC, and Yad Vashem, Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Chief Albert Naquin: America's First Climate Refugees
    Apr
    11
    Part of Climate Justice Month and the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    7:00pm
    I.G. Greer Auditorium
    Free event

    Seminar by Traditional Chief Albert Naquin, tribal leader of the Band of Biloxi-Chitimacha-Choctaw tribe, which must relocate because their lands on the Isle de Jean Charles, Louisiana are being destroyed by climate change and associated sea level rise. There will also be a screening of the short film “We Are All Related Here.”

  • Yom HaShoah
    Apr
    12
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    10:00am-6:00pm
    Between Belk Library and Information Commons and the University Bookstore
    Free event

    The Center for Judaic, Holocaust and Peace Studies along with Appalachian’s Hillel chapter and the Temple of the High Country organizes a commemoration and public reading of the names of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. Members of the Appalachian and Boone communities are invited to sign up and participate in the readings on campus.

  • Self-guided Diversity Exercise
    Apr
    12
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    11:00am
    415 Plemmons Student Union (Rough Ridge)
    Free event

    Join the Counseling Center for a self-guided activity. To raise awareness of diversity, we will have bead stations set up with beads of different colors representing different aspects of diversity. Each person will be able to come in and make a bead bracelet that reflects their diversity and privilege.

  • International Student Panel
    Apr
    12
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Thursday, April 12, 2018
    7:00pm-8:00pm
    Multicultural Center
    Free event

    Current international students at Appalachian State University share their perspectives on current issues and hot topics in the United States.

  • Pride
    Apr
    13
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Friday, April 13, 2018
    1:00pm-4:00pm
    Sanford Mall
    Free event

    Come celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) culture and pride. The event also serves as a demonstration for legal rights.

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council Stroll Off
    Apr
    13
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Friday, April 13, 2018
    7:00pm-10:00pm
    Legends
    Free event

    Come check out this friendly competition between Appalachian’s fraternities and sororities in the National Pan-Hellenic Council. During the event, teams complete a stroll, which is a synchronized routine done in single file, usually performed to music. Strolling is a tradition that traces back to the early 1900s, to black Greek-letter organizations, and is a tradition practiced around the country.

  • Equity in Action
    Apr
    14
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    8:00am-5:00pm
    Plemmons Student Union

    Equity in Action (EIA) is a student-run conference at Appalachian geared toward educating all participants on issues and topics relating to diversity, equality, equity and social justice. In its fifth year, EIA aims to address topics that both directly and indirectly affect the lives of historically marginalized and underrepresented individuals.

  • Equity in Action: Opening Keynote — Rachel Fried
    Apr
    14
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    9:00am
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)

    The opening keynote speaker for Equity in Action is Rachel Fried, program coordinator for Appalachian's GEAR UP program under College Access Partnerships.

  • Equity in Action: Closing Keynote — Tiq Milan
    Apr
    14
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    3:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)

    Media maker. Journalist. Human rights advocate. Closing keynote speaker Tiq Milan has been an advocate in the LGBT community for over a decade. He is also a writer and journalist who carved a niche for himself as a media advocate and one of the leading voices for transgender equality.

  • Drag Show featuring: Shangela from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”
    Apr
    14
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Saturday, April 14, 2018
    8:00pm-11:00pm
    Legends

    The drag show will be hosted by Shangela of seasons two and three of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars.” She is the only queen to compete on three seasons of Drag Race and has also been featured on “2 Broke Girls,” “Glee” and “Dance Moms.” A drag show is an entertainment that is performed by drag artists who wear elaborate costumes and makeup while singing or lip-syncing songs and performing original dances.

  • Woman2Woman
    Apr
    15
    Part of the 2018 Diversity Celebration
    Sunday, April 15, 2018
    2:00pm-4:00pm
    201 Plemmons Student Union (Blue Ridge Ballroom)

    "Woman2Woman" is an empowerment luncheon to celebrate women in all facets of their excellence. The event will have guest speakers, food, as well as recognition of women on campus who are changing the world in all that they do. Please join the Women’s Center and the Multicultural Center in highlighting women on campus who are doing amazing things.

University support

This program is funded in part by the Watauga County Arts Council and Grassroots Funds of the North Carolina Arts Council.