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MCC hosts second annual ‘Diversity Festival’

April 15, 2014
Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

MARSHALLTOWN - The Marshalltown Diversity Committee will host its second annual "Diversity Festival," on April 22, from 11 - 2 pm, at Marshalltown Community College Student Union, 3700 South Center St., Marshalltown.

"The theme of this year's event is 'Traditional Clothing from Around the World'," says Joan Jaimes, Marshalltown Education Partnership Outreach Counselor. "This will be an opportunity for all of us at MCC and the community to learn about the different apparel from different parts of the world." Guests are encouraged to wear "traditional clothing" if they so choose.

Community members are invited to set up a booth to display apparel from their group, country, culture or ethnicity that they wish to share that day. Students and/or community members will also have the opportunity to take the podium and speak for a few minutes to explain and describe any of the clothing being displayed. Participants may also choose to give a presentation or just say a few words about diversity. The event is open to the public and students and community members are encouraged to attend.

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MCC Students (L-R) Yunjin Choi, JunHyuk Lee, Philippe Grignard, and Alex Kortscheff shown participating in last year’s Diversity Festival. Community members are invited to set up a booth to display apparel from their group, country, culture or ethnicity.

The schedule is as follows:

11 am - Browse tables/booths

11:30 am - Provost's Welcome

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11:35 am - Browse booths

12 pm - Introduction of Ceremonial Dance Group, Performance by Nahui Tonantzin Dancers

12:30 pm - Fashion Show

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WHAT: MCC Diversity Festival

WHEN:? Tuesday April 22, 2014


3700 S Center St.

Marshalltown, IA


1 pm - Browse booths

2 pm - Conclusion

The Marshalltown Diversity Committee is continuing to reinforce its mission to educate others about their principles and to implement a culture of equality among those who work and study within the college. The Committee is chaired by Joan Jaimes and members this year include: Rachael Koehler, Barb Jennings, George Johnson, Katie Kothenbeutel, Valerie Ruiz, Chris Russell, Hashem Hashemi-Toroghi, Angie Redmond, Carolyn Briggs, Mary Means, Jennifer Wilson, Marie Sheneman, Tim Castle, and Chris Brees.

"We are very fortunate to live in such a diverse community," adds Joan. "This event will give us an opportunity to learn more about the people that we work, study, and coexist with. Diversity is a blessing for all of us and learning about the contributions, customs, and talents of different groups should be an ongoing process."

For more information, to request a booth, or volunteer to speak, please contact Joan Jaimes at 641-844-5714 or e-mail Those interested in setting up a booth or presenting in the MCC Student Union should contact Joan Jaimes before April 15.



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