Cameron University celebrates global cultures with weeklong celebration leading up to Diversity Day

Cameron University invites residents of southwest Oklahoma to gather on the Lawton campus during the week of October 19 as the university augments its annual Diversity Day celebration with other events highlighting diversity and global culture. All events are open to the public at no charge.

"Cameron University has a student body like no other regional university in the state, thanks to our steadily growing population of international students, who chose Cameron for the high quality yet affordable education we provide," says Chase Massie, Student Development Specialist. "Cameron's annual celebration of Diversity Day will present colorful and exciting snippets of the international cultures found among our students, faculty and staff while promoting unity among people and cultures."

On Monday, October 19, CU's Office of Student Housing will present Faculty-In-Residence Dr. Justin Walton, who will lead "Are You Privileged?", a discussion about diversity and the seven social identifiers that often accompany the topic. The discussion takes place at 7:30 p.m. in the McMahon Center Great Room.

On Tuesday, October 20, CU students and other interested parties are invited to "Exploring the Continents" at 6:30 p.m. in the McMahon Center. Visitors will spend 20 minutes on each continent and will sample a rice dish representative of that continent; each station will present a brief information session about the cultures found there.

The Office of Student Housing will sponsor an International Dance on Wednesday, October 21 at 8 p.m. The event will provide a festive atmosphere where attendees can dance to music from different international cultures.

On Thursday, October 22, CU's annual Diversity Day celebration will feature the sights, sounds and tastes of global culture at Cameron Park (south of the Student Activities Building). Student organizations including the Ebony Society, International Club, Latin Alliance, Cameron American Indian Association, Asian Club, PRIDE, Nepalese Association and Students of the Caribbean Alliance (SoCA) will present performances and share food samples from their cultures. The celebration starts at 11 a.m.

At 2 p.m., photojournalist and East Central University faculty member Linda Schaefer will speak about her experiences in India in conjunction with the photography exhibit, "Passage To India" that is on display at the Cameron University Library. Schaefer's presentation will take place in the Cameron University Library.

At 3:55 p.m., the Students of the Caribbean Alliance will host the SOCArnival 2009 to conclude the celebration. The SOCArnival includes a parade, food festival, and plenty of music and dancing in the park.

Students from SoCA are planning a talent show on Saturday, October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Cameron University Theatre.

For more information contact the Office of Student Development at 580-581-2209.

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October 13, 2009

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