Diversity Day at WSU Tri-Cities set for Friday

By the Tri-City HeraldOctober 3, 2012 

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Bagpipes and Latin dancers are among the highlights of Friday's Diversity Day at Washington State University Tri-Cities.

Diversity Council for the Richland campus has scheduled performances, lectures and exhibits that display the international flavor of the Tri-Cities and celebrate differences.

The free, public events run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside on the Columbia Center Rotary Stage and in the Consolidated Information Center, 2770 Crimson Way, Richland.

WSU Tri-Cities ranks as the most diverse campus in the WSU system. Fall enrollment is 26.5 percent students of color, which is up from 22.8 percent last year.

"We want to invite everyone in the Tri-Cities community to reflect on the great benefits to all in valuing people's differences and similarities," Tim Baker, chair of the Diversity Council and associate professor of decision science in the College of Business, said in a news release.

Jesus Bravo, assistant professor of management in the WSU College of Business, will serve as the master of ceremonies.

The day's scheduled events are:

* 10 a.m. -- Keynote speaker Jeff Guillory, WSU director of diversity education and leader of cultural competency seminars, Pasco High Mariachi Band and the Islamic Center of Tri-Cities.

* 10:30 a.m. -- Irish dancers, coordinated by Kathleen McAteer, clinical assistant professor of biology, College of Arts and Sciences; Cori Jones, Southeast Washington Service Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and the 10th Avenue Singers.

* 11 a.m. -- Bagpipe performance by Judy Morrison, associate professor of K-12 science education, College of Education; Bharatanatyam Indian classical dance by Niraja Ganesan and Mike Lee, Vista Youth Center.

* 11:30 a.m. -- Latin dance by WSU Tri-Cities student Lupita Carillo and an Indian dance by Sanchali Banjaree.

* Noon-2 p.m. -- Cultural displays and an international lunch (free while supplies last) in the Consolidated Information Center.

In case of inclement weather, performances 10 a.m.-noon will be moved to the East Building Auditorium.

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