Aug. 29, 2011

Diversity Day celebrated during August

By Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen     
Virginia Guard Public Affairs

SANDSTON, Va. — As part of its ongoing effort to celebrate diversity among the ranks, the Equal Opportunity Office of the Virginia National Guard celebrated its third annual Diversity Day Program celebrating the differences and the cultures from all backgrounds Aug. 25 at the Henrico Theater in Highland Springs, Va.

 

Virginia Guard Equal Opportunity office celebrates diversity during its Third Annual Diversity Day Program at the Henrico Theater in Highland Springs Aug. 25. The Soldiers and Airmen were entertained by a mini American Indian Pow-Wow presented by Native Nation Productions. The attendees were also exposed to displays celebrating different cultures. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Andrew H. Owen, Virginia Guard Public Affairs)

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"The Diversity Day program is important because it illustrates the diverse composition of the Virginia Guard, and how our diverse composition only enhances the greatness of the organization,” said Capt. Kervin Sider, state Equal Opportunity officer.

The program highlighted a Philadelphia-based dance troupe specializing in American Indian heritage and culture. The troupe, Native Nations Productions, performed a mini-American Indian Pow-Wow and invited Soldiers and Airmen in attendance to join them on stage for several dances.

Following the performance by the dancers, the attendees were ushered upstairs to enjoy cuisine from different backgrounds from around the world and view displays of different heritages to increase their awareness of other cultures.

"We want the Virginia National Guard to be a place where we are proud to serve and work and one of the ways to do that is to be open with communication.  If you know of a way to make us better, speak up.  We all owe it to the organization to make this a better place where we can all serve and work," said Brig. Gen. Janice Igou, Director of Interagency Operations and guest speaker at the event.

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