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2010 Diversity Week: Celebrate (You)niqueness
First-ever Diversity Week a Success

"We are not statistics. We are not stereotypes, or special interest groups. Each of us is unique and, to this place, we each bring a flavor that is all our own. This is why we celebrate. Join us.”

This quote appeared on the 2010 Diversity Committee's Diversity Week homepage, and it embodies the spirit of this year's events. Committee Chair Zach Aman, explains, "Our theme for 2010, 'Celebrate (you)niqueness,' embodies what this week full of events tried to accomplish. We need to recognize the unique and wonderful elements that each of us brings to the table, and with that in mind, the week's events were designed around communication and understanding."

This 2010 Diversity Week effort came from the President’s Committee on Diversity. During the planning of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2010, the planning committee recognized an opportunity to expand the scope of the event. They developed the motto: “Celebration, Awareness, Service, Education” to guide the activities, which were designed to draw students, faculty and alumni of all backgrounds together to experience diversity, rather than to just talk about it as a concept. The planning committee partnered with ASCSM’s Into the Streets program to offer volunteer opportunities at the primary events, and the Diversity Committee offered volunteer opportunities for later this semester.

As part of the week's events, the "Find Your Voice," competition was sponsored, inviting submissions in any artistic medium (poetry, essays, art or music) that personally articulated the impact of King’s life and work on the entrant. The results of this comptetition are featured below.

First Prize
Abdullah Ahmed, "Letters to Dr. King" (poetry and art, above)

Honorable Mentions
Hyung (Daniel) Kim, "The Loss" (charcoal on paper)
Thomas Brown, "Over the Past and Forward Tomorrow" (pencil on paper)
Leah Feazel, "Dreaming" (poem)
Jordan Foss, "Dove Dream" (song)

Diversity Week was sponsored by the President's Diversity Committee; Williams Companies, Inc.; Office of Student Activities; Graduate Student Association; CSM Alumni Association; Women in Science, Engineering and Mathematics program; Minority Engineering Program; International Student and Scholar Services; Sigma Lambda; and the Renewable Energy Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.