April 5 – 7, 2022
Diversity is a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts, which include race, ethnic origin and color, religion and creed, sexual orientation, age and ability, to name but a few. As ever-evolving creatures in an ever-changing world, the innumerable aspects of our humanity — all our ways of being, knowing and moving through the world — are contained in this one concept.
As human beings, we are revealed and make ourselves known to one another by infinite varieties of intelligence, language, race, values, politics, religion, national service, gender presentation, philosophy and a host of other elements common to humankind. The recognition of a common humanity is the first step in the celebration of our differences — differences that inform our cultures, our values, our minds and all our ways of being in the world. Diversity is the chief informant of the creative life force and the central reality in our understanding and stewardship of it.
At App State, diversity is recognized as an essential binding agent of the interdisciplinary approach to education, as well as to the greater life experience. In an institutional culture where the full circle of human qualities is regarded with respect and where the particular gifts of every university community member are dignified by conscious recognition, human beings can thrive. The phrase “think globally, act locally” has inspired our national culture to better understand that the world is a multicultural society of which we are a part. The systems of the world — its governments, economies, religions and cultures — are increasingly dependent on interdependence. Differences become strengths in a collaborative effort. Collaboration is a path to peace.
All of this — and more — makes diversity something to celebrate more than once a year.
Over the years, Diversity Celebration participants have shared their thoughts about the celebration and diversity in a number of ways. Here are some of them:
App State’s Diversity Celebration supports and enhances the university’s commitment to be actively involved in addressing the educational, economic, cultural and societal needs of the changing region, state, nation and world. The event provides a venue where diverse perspectives, cultures and values are accepted, appreciated and celebrated.
The celebration features a wide array of local and international music, eclectic dancing, delectable food and imaginative crafts. University students, faculty and staff, along with students at area K-12 schools and members of the local community, are all invited to join us in this celebration of cultures through art and entertainment.
This video was produced to promote App State’s 2011 Diversity Celebration and provides a great retrospective of the event up to that time. Many of the faces have changed, but the spirit of the celebration remains the same.
Diversity, when applied in a human context, comprises the inclusion of a wide variety of cultures, ethnicities and groups, races, religious beliefs, socio-economic backgrounds, sexual orientation and gender identity. The diversity of life is made up not only of the wide realm of human cultures and languages, but also of the diverse world of plants and animal species, habitats and ecosystems. Therefore, a more sustainable world is one in which biological, cultural and linguistic diversity thrive through the strength of the system. It is upon the foundation of this diverse array of ecological and human cultures that a sustaining, resilient world is built.
While the Diversity Celebration conveys a message of sustainability through diversity, on-going greening initiatives of the celebration include: