Moraine Park to present show about diversity on Multicultural Day; other events planned

by admin2. April 2007 19:00

 Faces of America, an original one-person show that addresses diversity issues through entertainment and education, will be presented Wednesday, April 18, at Moraine Park Technical College’s Fond du Lac Campus in observance of Multicultural Day.


Sponsored by Moraine Park’s Multicultural Club, Student Senate, Diversity Relations and Human Resources, this free event is open to community members. The presentation will take place from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center cafeteria. The public has the option to purchase lunch for $3 per meal.


Faces tells the stories of seven people from very different cultural backgrounds, including a young Latino who challenges stereotypes after coming from the barrio; a young, liberal white male who fights his father’s bigotry; an East Indian woman who is the victim of an on-campus hate crime; and a Filipino-American doctor who learns the importance of patience and religious faith.


The show has been presented in almost every state. It is part of many university curriculums and has been used for corporate and government diversity training programs. It was written entirely from workshops and interviews conducted across the country by Colin Cox and Fran de Leon, and has been called a “best bet” by the Los Angeles Times.


Other free multicultural events will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cyber Center. An International Parade will start by the Barber/Cosmetology department at 11 a.m. and end up at the Cyber Center. Anyone can join in – including community members – and showcase clothing and accessories that represent their country or culture. Parade participants also can take part in a fashion show from 11 a.m. to noon and describe the significance of the particular garment or accessory worn. Cultural booths will feature food and artifacts from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Countries that will be represented include China, Poland, South Africa, India and England.


For more information, contact Bill Green, Moraine Park Diversity Relations associate, at 920-924-6355.