The Marshalltown Diversity Committee will host its second annual "Diversity Festival" from 11 to 2 p.m. April 22 at Marshalltown Community College Student Union, 3700 S. Center St..
"The theme of this year's event is 'Traditional Clothing from Around the World,'" said Joan Jaimes, Marshalltown Education Partnership Outreach Counselor. "This will be an opportunity for all of us at MCC and the community to learn about the different apparel from different parts of the world."
Guests are encouraged to wear "traditional clothing" if they so choose.
Pictured, from left, are MCC Students Yunjin Choi, JunHyuk Lee, Philippe Grignard, and Alex Kortscheff shown participating in 2013’s Diversity Festival. Community members are invited to set up a booth to display apparel from their group, country, culture or ethnicity.
Community members are invited to set up a booth to display apparel from their group, country, culture or ethnicity that they wish to share that day. Students and/or community members will also have the opportunity to take the podium and speak for a few minutes to explain and describe any of the clothing being displayed. Participants may also choose to give a presentation or just say a few words about diversity. The event is open to the public and students and community members are encouraged to attend.
The schedule is as follows:
11 a.m. - Browse tables/booths
11:30 a.m. - Provost's Welcome
11:35 a.m. - Browse booths
12 p.m. - Introduction of Ceremonial Dance Group, Performance by Nahui Tonantzin Dancers
12:30 p.m. - Fashion Show
1 p.m. - Browse booths
2 p.m. - Conclusion
The Marshalltown Diversity Committee is continuing to reinforce its mission to educate others about their principles and to implement a culture of equality among those who work and study within the college. The Committee is chaired by Joan Jaimes and members this year include: Rachael Koehler, Barb Jennings, George Johnson, Katie Kothenbeutel, Valerie Ruiz, Chris Russell, Hashem Hashemi-Toroghi, Angie Redmond, Carolyn Briggs, Mary Means, Jennifer Wilson, Marie Sheneman, Tim Castle and Chris Brees.
"We are very fortunate to live in such a diverse community," Jaimes said. "This event will give us an opportunity to learn more about the people that we work, study and coexist with. Diversity is a blessing for all of us and learning about the contributions, customs and talents of different groups should be an ongoing process."
For more information, to request a booth, or volunteer to speak, please contact Jaimes at 641-844-5714 or email Joan.Jaimes@iavalley.edu. Those interested in setting up a booth or presenting in the MCC Student Union should contact Jaimes before April 15.