VALDOSTA -- For the Valdosta State University community, the first full week in November this year is dedicated to celebrating people's differences.

Sunday, members of the university family will kick off the campus' sixth annual Diversity Week with a 3 p.m. performance by the Edgar Dorantes' Latin Jazz Band in Valdosta State's Continuing Education Building Auditorium. Activities continue Tuesday through Thursday and include a speak-out on gender and race issues, a performance by the Sabor Latino Latin Dance Team, an open microphone night and a diversity fair.

Sponsored by Valdosta State's Office of Equal Opportunity Programs and Multicultural Affairs, the goal of Diversity Week is to allow participants an opportunity to learn from each other and to learn of various cultures, said Maggie Viverette, acting assistant to the office's president.

"In learning, a lot of stereotypes can be eliminated and that moves us toward tolerance. Tolerance moves us toward the ultimate goal of appreciation of each other as individuals," Viverette said.

All five events, which were selected by a committee comprised of various members of the Valdosta State community, are free and open to the public.



-- From 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday in the university's Continuing Education Building Auditorium, the Edgar Dorantes' Latin Jazz Band will entertain with various musical performances.

-- From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday in the university's Pound Hall Auditorium, interested parties can speak out about gender and race issues.

-- From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the university's Continuing Education Building Auditorium, the Sabor Latino Latin Dance Team will perform.

-- From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the university's University Center Food Court Stage, members of the Valdosta State community are encouraged to participate in an open microphone night.

-- From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday in the university's Palms Dining Quad, free food, live music, and campus and community groups and organizations will be featured for the annual diversity fair.

For information, call 333-5463.



To contact reporter Jessica Pope, please call 244-3400, ext. 255.



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