MCC hosts first ever ‘Diversity Festival’
The Marshalltown Diversity Committee has announced it will host its first ever, “Diversity Festival,” on April 18, from 12 – 3 pm, at Marshalltown Community College Student Union, 3700 South Center St., Marshalltown.
“The Diversity Festival is an opportunity for Marshalltown Community College to celebrate the different groups that are represented in our community,” says Joan Jaimes, Marshalltown Education Partnership Outreach Counselor. “We want to educate visitors about the different groups, cultures, countries, and ethnicities and their customs or history that make them unique and beautiful.”
Community members are invited to set up a booth to display 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 about any topic as it relates to diversity. Participants may recite poems, give presentations 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:
12:00 pm – Provost Welcome
12:05 pm – Browse tables
12:20 pm – High School Hispanic Dancers
12:45 pm – Browsing
12:50 pm – Meskwaki dancers
1:00 pm – Browsing
1:30 pm – Presentations, sculptures, poems, slideshows, etc.
3:00 pm – Conclusion
A slideshow will be running throughout the event featuring a list of all the countries and nationalities of current and past students. The college plans to serve a different ethnic dish each day during the week of the festival.
Joan Jaimes says the goal of the Diversity Committee is to raise awareness about the uniqueness that exists amongst all of us that work and learn at Marshalltown Community College and the Iowa Valley Community College District. She believes that this festival is a step in the right direction. “It is about learning that those differences make this world a better place. Since we all have different experiences, we all view things in our own way. We must learn to use the differences to improve every aspect of what we do and how we do things every day.”
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: Barb Jennings, George Johnson, Katie Kothenbeutel, Valerie Ruiz, Alison Lacey, Chris Russell, Hashem Hashemi-Toroghi, Angie Redmond, Carolyn Briggs, Mary Means, Jennifer Wilson, Marie Sheneman, and Tim Castle.
“It is important for us to understand how fortunate we are to have different groups represented in our community,” adds Joan. “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 Joan 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 Joan Jaimes before Friday, March 29.