March 27, 1998
UW-RF Sets Annual Diversity Celebration
The University of Wisconsin-River Falls will explore and celebrate campus and community diversity through its annual Unity in the Community celebration, April 27 - 30.
This year's theme, "Sharing Perspectives, Finding Common Ground," focuses on giving the community the opportunity to learn about and accept each others' backgrounds and differences. The celebration includes music, dance, food, lectures and presentations.
All events and parking are open to the public.
"We all have many things that make us different. But given the chance, we realize that we have just as many important things inside that make us all the same. The bottom line is we all want to succeed and be happy--we are all human," comments Theresa Zirbel, member of the diversity awareness committee.
On April 27, the Chinese-American dance theater will perform in the North Hall Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.
A workshop, "Sharing Perspectives, Finding Common Ground" will be presented by Linda Loverude and Errol Edwards on April 28 at 7 p.m., in the International Room of the Hagestad Student Center.
The all-day, all-campus diversity celebration will begin on April 29, with an opening ceremony featuring the Women's Choir. The ceremony will take place in the Falcon's Nest of the Student Center at 8:30 a.m.
Throughout the day there will be dances, native storytelling, powwows and discussions on such topics as gender diversity, hearing impairments and profiting through diversity.
Twin Cities photojournalist and artist Wing Young Huie will present excerpts from his book, "Frogtown," and Lorraine Norgaard will discuss women's history through film, illustrated by her own production on Native Americans.
An international bazaar is scheduled from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Karges Gym, featuring exhibits, artifacts, music and food samples representing about 16 countries.
According to Yolanda Dewar, assistant director for student international programs, Unity in the Community shows the spirit of the campus and allows students of every ethnic background to feel like a part of it. "The contributions of our international students, to the campus and the community, are many," Dewar says. "Learning about the many different cultures that exist is very important."
The community can enjoy food ranging from soul food prepared by the African-American Alliance to egg rolls offered by the Asian-American Student Association. The Latino Student Organization and Native American Counsel will be selling notecards to the public.
Information about host families for international students will also be available.
At 6 p.m. a picnic and jazz band will be located in the main stage area. At 8 p.m. there will be an Afro-Caribbean dance and a performance by comedian Ron Feingold at Brandy's.
Habitat for Humanity welcomes everyone to help build a house in the South Hall parking throughout the week.
For more information, contact Linda Alvarez at 715/425-3842, or 425-4911 extension 138.