Host an event focused on celebrating the cultural diversity, at your school. Use music, art, food, and more!
What are the cultural backgrounds represented at your school? Do some students struggle with intersectional identities? Host an event to celebrate students’ cultural identities and encourage people to learn more about people who are different from them. Include opportunities for students to learn about groups’ histories, sample foods, enjoy music, experience art, and find common ground.
Depending on how much time and space you have, consider these possibilities to structure the event:
- Museum-style displays
- Performances or demonstrations
- Interactive activities or learning experiences
Tips & Suggestions:
- Collaborate with other students groups on campus that focus on diversity or identity.
- Remember that there are many kinds of diversity: ethnicity, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, personality, religion, ability, nationality, and political views – just to name a few!
- If you can’t find a whole day for this event, you could host a shorter event, a series of mini-events, or highlight certain groups throughout the calendar year (for example, when holidays fall or if a month is devoted to a certain group like Black History Month or Pride Month).
- Exclusion and discrimination in school settings contribute to mental health issues, low self-esteem, and lower academic achievement and engagement for students of color (Bottiani et al., 2016).
- In a 2014 study, 97% of students of color reported experiencing at least one act of discrimination in school within a two-week period
- (Seaton & Douglass, 2014).
- Learning about diversity, and being part of a diverse community, leads to greater personal and educational growth and higher levels of school satisfaction (Kuh et al., 2006).