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Diversity Day draws droves

A dancer from the Christina Yeh Dance Company performs at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair May 20, 2011, at The Club on Peterson Air Force Base. The fair celebrated the wing’s diverse workforce with dance, food and educational displays. Christina Yeh founded the company in 1982 and offers Chinese dance lessons to children and adults. (U.S. Air Force photo/Robb Lingley)

by Monica Mendoza

21st Space Wing Public Affairs staff write

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — More than 400 people on Peterson Air Force Base took a trip around the world May 20 with a “Passport to Diversity” at the 21st Space Wing’s Diversity Day Fair.

The Diversity Day Fair featured 18 cultural booths, including the Sons of Norway, the Low-rider Hispanic Bike Club, a Holocaust Traveling Display and the Colorado School for Deaf and Blind. Event organizers called the fair – a first of its kind on Peterson AFB – a huge success and already started thinking about next year’s event, said Steven Daniels, co-chair of the Diversity Day Fair planning committee.

The event was a celebration of the rich diversity in the Air Force and 21st SW workforce. The best part of the fair, Mr. Daniels said, was that it highlighted cultural groups that may not have a designated federal day, week or month for recognition.

“This offered all cultures to get a chance to participate,” he said.

The events were dubbed “edutainment,” meaning the cultural dances were entertaining and educational. There were dance performances by groups such as Danza Folklorica, Magic of Pacific Island and Seven Falls Native American dance troupe. A surprise hit of the dance program was the Czech/Slovak Dancers, Mr. Daniels said.

Participants at the fair received a “passport” to carry while visiting each of the booths. Those who completed the “edutainment tour” received a gift.

The event does not take the place of other special emphasis programs such as Dr. Martin Luther King Day or Hispanic Heritage Month.

“Everything was a big hit – we received many compliments on the food and the performances,” Mr. Daniels said.

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