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Diversity Day showcases university's multicultural strengths


Organizers expect approximately 300 individuals to attend Diversity Day on May 6.

  • April 5, 2011

Cal State East Bay celebrates its commitment to diversity and inclusion during the second annual Diversity Day at the Hayward campus on May 6.

Diversity Day is an annual celebration organized by the Faculty Diversity and Equity Committee (FDEC). Participating clubs, organizations, colleges, divisions and individuals share original presentations related to how each welcomes and integrates students and staff from all backgrounds into their work. Presentations include video productions, dramatic pieces, posters and instructional activities.

“Diversity is (Cal State East Bay’s) strength and we cannot … stay strong without being inclusive towards other cultures and ideas,” said Professor Emeritus Terry Jones, who will serve as the event facilitator.

The event, scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the University Union, will feature 30 participating organizations. The theme for 2011 is Celebrating Diversity: Valuing Differences, Sharing Strengths. Approximately 300 people are expected to attend the festivities, Jones said.

“Diversity Day will show we’re a shining light at what could and should happen across the nation," Jones said.

Senior Jebel Iniguez will attend the event with colleagues from the Diversity Center, a  drop-in center center run by student volunteers who promote diversity awareness, advocacy and education. As assistant event coordinator for the Diversity Center on the Hayward campus, Iniguez is regularly exposed to the multicultural environment on campus through its diverse student population. He will present posters describing events from Queer Fest to Chinese New Year sponsored by the Diversity Center. His team will also promote upcoming events and discuss how diversity plays a significant role at CSUEB.  

“Attending East Bay has opened my eyes to many different backgrounds,” Iniguez said. “(Our University) is rich in culture, and I will see that at Diversity Day.”

The event is open to the public. The program includes a panel discussion on dealing with diversity during challenging times. The FDEC is accepting proposed presentations until 5 p.m. April 8.

“Diversity is more than just physical, it’s about being tolerant to new ideas,” Jones said. “This event is a reminder about the importance of East Bay’s mission, which is to be a safe, multicultured environment for our students.”

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