BLOOMINGTON, Minn. - The first annual Diversity Fest at Northwestern Health Sciences University, held July 23, 2009, was a celebration of cultures. It was a colorful evening, filled with authentic costumes and performances; a smorgasbord of ethnic foods; and vendors peddling gift items from around the world. Nearly 200 students, staff, faculty and their families attended.
The University's Diversity Club organized the event in an effort to celebrate diversity within the University, said Tania Orandi, president of the diversity club. "I believe that everyone had tremendous fun. For most of the vendors and the performers, it was their first visit to our campus. It was their first time to learn about chiropractic or acupuncture. I believe part of community education on health is to reach out to a diverse community both on-campus and off-campus."
According to Tolu Oyelowo, DC, diversity commission chair, the diversity slogan at Northwestern is 'Celebrate Me, Celebrate You, Celebrate Us.' "It was wonderful to see students from all academic programs coming together to showcase talent, collaboration and service, and demonstrate that diversity is about inclusion," Dr. Oyelowo said.
In addition to the Korean dance performance, the evening included belly dancing, a Tae Kwon Do demonstration, a traditional Indian dance, free henna tattoos and complimentary chair massages.
Northwestern Health Sciences University offers a wide array of choices in natural health care education including chiropractic, Oriental medicine, acupuncture, therapeutic massage and human biology. The University has nearly 900 students on a 25-acre campus in Bloomington, Minnesota.