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Diversity Celebration

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Sunday, Apr 8, 2018 - Sunday, Apr 15, 2018
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Sunday, April 8, 2018

National Pan-Hellenic Council Carnival

1pm - 4pm


The National Pan-Hellenic Council is the governing body of the Black Greek Organizations (fraternities and sororities) and they will host this carnival that includes games, food, and prizes.

“Soul Food” Sunday - Dinner & Movie



Soul Food is a term used for a cuisine, food traditionally prepared and eaten by African Americans of the Southern United States. Many of the various dishes and ingredients included in "soul food" are also regional meals and comprise a part of other Southern US cooking, as well. We will watch the movie Soul Food during dinner.


Monday, April 9, 2018

HOLI - Festival of Colors

1pm - 3pm

Sanford Mall


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.

This festival is especially significant in India as part of the healing process of post-colonialism, as colonizers sought to create cultural conflicts to prevent unification and uprising.  It also is important in fighting the legacy that the caste system left on society and is a symbol of unification regardless of class, ethnic background, etc.

The tradition unifies people from across ethnic backgrounds, religions, creeds, perspectives, etc.  Once people are completely covered in colors it symbolizes that we can still recognize the humanity which unites each one of us regardless of any superficial divisions society may have historically/currently imposes.

Addressing Climate Change Through the Arts -Chantal Bilodeau

Parkway Ballroom
Chantal Bilodeau is the Artistic Director of The Arctic Cycle, which produces plays that look at the social and environmental changes taking place in the eight Arctic states; the founder of the blog and international network Artists and Climate Change, and a co-founder of Climate Change Theatre Action. Sponsored by the Department of Sustainable Development.


Diversity in Appalachia: Ashley B. Hopkins, Ed.D.


Linville Falls

Diversity will be broadly defined to include race/tribe, nationality/birth origin, economics, geography, history, place/context. We will examine stereotypes and popular representation/mainstream narrative of Appalachia and consider how diversity challenges metanarratives.


Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Cultural Exploration

Open to all students, staff and faculty, these events are focused on teaching elementary/middle school students in the Watauga community about different aspects of culture, which they may otherwise not know about. These activities provide participants with an opportunity to explore culture through performance, food and science.

Food Tasting in PSU Grandfather Ballroom 3:00pm - 6:00pm
3:00pm - 3:40pm    100 7th graders from Bradford Prep (in Charlotte NC)
4:10pm - 4:40pm       60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
4:50pm - 5:20pm       60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
5:30pm - 6:00pm       60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program

Grann'daddy Junebug performance in PSU Blue Ridge Ballroom
4:10pm - 4:40pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
4:50pm - 5:20pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
5:30pm - 6:00pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program

Biodiversity/Diversity within the Ecosystem activities with App State teacher ed students

Roan Mountain

4:10pm - 4:40pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
4:50pm - 5:20pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program
5:30pm - 6:00pm     60 3rd - 6th graders from Watauga county After School Program


West African Dance Experience with Sherone Price

Department of Theatre and Dance

3:30pm - 4:45pm

Linville Falls

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 masterclass in African-Dance.


Multicultural Festival w/Multicultural Organizations

3:30pm - 6pm

Contact Tables

Join the Multicultural Organizations as they share information about their organization and culture.


Opal Tometi: Co-founder Black Lives Matter

"Black Lives Matter: Justice, Faith, and Joy"
Parkway Ballroom
With personal perspective as a first generation American and an experienced community organizer, Tometi reveals raw insights on the adversities inflicted by social injustice, anti-black bias and uninformed views on immigration, educating and inspiring audiences to organize and stand together to transform society into a world where the lives and contributions of all individuals are recognized equally.

Chancellor’s Reception Immediately Following in the Solarium


Global Film Series - Speed Sisters


Greenbriar Theater

The Speed Sisters are the first all-woman race car driving team in the Middle East. Grabbing headlines and turning heads at improvised tracks across the West Bank, these five women have sped their way into the heart of the gritty, male-dominated Palestinian street car-racing scene. Weaving together their lives on and off the track, SPEED SISTERS takes you on a surprising journey into the drive to go further and faster than anyone thought you could.


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

America's First Climate Refugees - Chief Albert Naquin


I.G. Greer
Join us as we explore indigenous communities in Louisiana and Alaska that are becoming America's first climate refugees. Department of Sustainability.


"Living with the Other: Religious Congregations in France and the Hiding of Jews During the Holocaust"


Blue Ridge Ballroom

The Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies will open this year's Yom HaShoah commemorations with a talk by Eliot Nidam, the Head of the Academic Affairs Section of the International Institute for Holocaust Research at Yad Vashem, Jerusalem.


Thursday, April 12, 2018

Self-Guided Diversity Exercise


Rough Ridge

Awareness of diversity and privilege through a self-guided exercise.


(dis)Ability Simulation

12:00pm - 2:00pm
Sanford Mall

Join the Office of Disability Services by participating in a couple of adaptive outdoor activities for students to create a better understanding of the challenges that students with disabilities incur every day.


Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Memorial Day)

10am - 6pm

The outside square between Appalachian State University Belk Library and the University’s Bookstore in Plemmons Student Union (end of College Street). It is followed by a silent march to the commemoration at 6:30 pm at the Temple of the High Country. This is a public reading of the nams of European Jews murdered by the Germans and their allies during the Holocaust. Sponsored by the Center for Judaic, Holocaust, and Peace Studies.


International Student Panel

7:00pm - 8:00pm

Multicultural Center

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


Friday, April 13, 2018


1pm - 4pm

Sanford Mall

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


National Pan-Hellenic Council Stroll Off

7pm - 10pm


A synchronized routine done in a single-file line. Strolling is a tradition that traces back to the early 1900's to Black greek lettered organizations and is a tradition practiced around the country.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Equity in Action

Plemmons Student Union

8:00am - 5:00pm

Equity in Action is a student run conference at Appalachian State University geared towards 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.

Opening Keynote - Rachel Fried
Blue Ridge Ballroom
Rachel Fried is the Program Coordinator for Appalachian State University's GEAR UP program under College Access Partnerships.

Closing Keynote - Tiq Milan
Blue Ridge Ballroom
Media maker. Journalist. Human rights advocate. 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 Drag Race

8pm - 11pm


A drag show is an entertainment which is performed by drag artists. This drag show will feature performers singing or lip-syncing songs while performing original dances. The performers will wear elaborate costumes and makeup, and dress to imitate various famous opposite sex singers or personalities.


Sunday, April 15, 2018


2:00pm - 4:00pm

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 Multicultural Center and the Women’s Center in highlighting women on campus who are doing amazing things.