WILLISTON, N.D. - April is Celebrate Diversity Month and from Monday, April 8 to Friday, April 12 Williston State College students, faculty, and staff will host their 4th annual Diversity Week.
Daily diversity events ranging from speakers to activities will raise awareness of different cultures, customs, and lifestyles.
Beginning Monday, April 8, a Diversity Discussion Panel will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Teton Lounge. Four countries - Australia, Germany, Canada, and Brazil - will be represented by current WSC students open for conversations and questions.
"I am really excited about the Diversity Discussions Forum," stated Kim Weismann, Diversity Club Coordinator and Associate Professor of Communication. "It will be a great opportunity for students to share the similarities and differences in their topics from their cultures and countries."
On Tuesday, April 9, WSC students, faculty, and staff will be able to sample cuisine from across the globe at Diversity Club's Taste of Cultures. Tuesday night, a Say What?! speaker will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. in the Teton Lounge.
Say What?! uses humor, interactive talk, and exercises to create an impactful and meaningful learning environment for participants and encourages students to be aware of cultural differences and to have an open, yet respectful dialogue.
A Black Light Volleyball Tournament will be held on Wednesday, April 10 in the Skadeland Gym with a free will donation to raise money for Braxton Raymond, a student-athlete of WSC fighting a brain tumor.
Weismann's COMM 216 Intercultural Communication class will host a Culture Carnival on Thursday, April 11 from 11 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Teton Lounge.
The Tuesday through Thursday Diversity Week events are internal activities for WSC students, faculty, and staff.
Friday April 12, Educational cultural posters created by Diversity Club and students from the WSC Adult Learning Center will be hung around campus.
"The educational posters give students an opportunity to showcase their home countries and cultures, and students are excited to share about where they come from," explained Weismann."These posters are also a great way for us to get the Adult Learning Students involved and showcase cultures for the kids who will be on campus for the Marketplace for Kids."
Students from WSC's Diversity Club, Diversity Committee, COMM 216, the Adult Learning Center, and Student Senate are involved in this week's events.
"We would love to have the campus involved in all of these events," stated Weismann. "And while these are internal events, we hope to encourage community participation in future diversity events. We are also always looking for sponsorships to be able to bring speakers and events to campus."
If interested in discussing a sponsorship, or to learn more about Diversity Week, please contact Kim Weismann at 701.774.4503 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information, please visit www.willistonstate.edu, call 1.888.863.9455, or stop by 1410 University Avenue, Williston, ND.