Community College of Allegheny County (CCAC)

Community College of Allegheny County

IDEAL Electronic Newsletter

Inclusion, Diversity, Engagement & Active Learning
Sharing the College’s Efforts to Expand Diversity, Equity & Inclusion


Compiled by the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion


Diversity Week 2011

To celebrate National Diversity Awareness Month in April, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (OIDI) in collaboration with system-wide offices of Student Life and diversity-related student clubs, sponsored the Third Annual Diversity Week. The week long, college-wide festival promotes, embraces and celebrates diversity and inclusion.

CCAC–Allegheny Campus marked the week-long celebration with its first International Food Festival and cultural presentations from Middle Eastern & Hispanic/Latino folk dance groups. The food festival was organized and hosted by the World Cultures student club and offered 20 different ethnic dishes. A portion of the proceeds from the festival went to the Japanese Tsunami Relief Fund.

    Diversity Day 2011 Band with Dancer 

CCAC–Boyce Campus organized information tables representing Jamaica, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Mexico, Swaziland, Haiti and Germany. They also offered exhibits on the oriental art of origami and Native American Henna art. In addition, students and staff enjoyed educational and entertaining karate demonstrations, Thai dancing and an ethnic Chinese music performance by local artist, Mimi Jong.

CCAC–North Campus hosted an amazing day of multicultural events. Students and staff were welcomed by a colorful global fashion show by the children and staff of the campus Child Development Center. Everyone also enjoyed the campus’s third annual food festival, offering over 70 ethnic dishes. While sampling the delicious food, students and staff were treated to African dancing and drumming by UMOJA and Middle Eastern dancing by Moquette Volante.

Diversity Week 2011 Photo Gallery
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CCAC–South Campus offered free ethnic pastries and Henna tattoos for students and staff during their celebration. In addition, everyone was able to explore the ancient culture of Iran and experience the unique storytelling through a Hula dancing demonstration by the Royal Polynesians. The campus also hosted the music and dance group, Paradise Grey, who presented the history of rap through performance art.

Diversity Week 2011 proved to be an overwhelming success. The events embraced total college participation, with the vision and efforts of countless students, faculty and staff. The OIDI would like to thank everyone for their hard work and support. The success of Diversity Week further demonstrates CCAC’s community commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Students at Diversity Week 2011Dancer at Diversity Week 2011
Dancer with Band at Diveristy Week 2011

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