Inaugural Diversity Week Kicks Off on Nov. 3

(Oct. 29, 2014) – Armstrong State University will host its inaugural Diversity Week beginning Monday, Nov. 3. The weeklong series of events will celebrate diversity at Armstrong and highlight current issues within the local community. All events are free and open to the public and will take place on the Armstrong campus.

“Diversity Week will give students the opportunity to participate in a lively series of programs and activities that celebrate our similarities through music, culture and food, while also celebrating what makes each of our cultures unique,” said Armstrong's Director of Multicultural Affairs Nashia Whittenburg.

Diversity Week partners with community organizations, motivational and educational speakers, as well as various Armstrong clubs and organizations. The complete schedule is as follows:

Monday, Nov. 3, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Student Union, Ballroom B
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)

Armstrong's Office of Multicultural Affairs and the CAMINO, HOLA and HORA programs will host a Day of the Dead Celebration in honor of the traditional Mexican holiday dedicated to honoring loved ones who have passed away. Highlights include arts and crafts, live music and traditional food for sale.

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 5-6:30 p.m.
Student Union, Ballroom A
College 101 Sexual Health

Public Health professional LeKara Simmons will lead students through a series of activities and discussions highlighting the importance of sexual health for college students.

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 6 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Leaders Inspiring Leaders

Motivational speaker Brian Heat will offer words of inspiration to current and aspiring Armstrong student leaders. A host of other local leaders and guests will be in attendance.

Thursday, Nov. 6, 1-3:30 p.m.
Student Union Ballroom
Poverty Simulation

In conjunction with local non-profit organization Step Up Savannah, Armstrong will host this hands-on interactive event that will challenge students' perspective of poverty.

Friday, Nov. 7, 4:30-6 p.m.
Student Union, Ogeechee Theatre
Hip Hop Summit

Local hip-hop artists will serve as panelists for a discussion on the entertainment industry and what it takes to be a breakout artist. After the discussion, performers will take the stage to participate in a freestyle “cypher” on stage.