Diversity Day set for February 22

The 7th annual Goshen Diversity Day will be February 22 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Goshen Middle School. Diversity Day began back in 1996 in opposition to a Ku Klux Klan rally in Goshen. Since then, the day has become an annual event and attracts approximately one to two thousand people. The Goshen Human Relations Commission hosts the event.

The day includes many different international musical performances, ethnic foods, games for kids, door prizes, hair braiders, face painters, educational opportunities and even a clown. Ethnic food will be represented from around the world including Indian, German, Mexican, Palestinian, Dominican and more. There will even be traditional American favorites, hot dogs and popcorn.

To get the community involved, the event is free of charge. There is a cost to purchase food and there will be diversity day pins for sale from the Human Relations Commission.

“The greatest part of the day is looking in the gym at kids playing the games or people sitting by the stage enjoying the music and realizing how many people of different races are brought together for this celebration of our community’s diversity,” declares Sreekala Rajagopalan, Diversity Day Co-Chair

The event is co-chaired by Sreekala Rajagopalan and Patti Mosher of the Human Relations Commission.

Musical line-up

11:00 • GCS Combined 5th Grade Choir

11:30 • David & Anita Oliver and Raphael Barahona (English & Spanish Music)

12:00 • Mohana Swamy’s Dance School (Indian Dance)

12:20 • Goshen College Jazz Combo

12:40 • Mohana Swamy’s Dance School

1:00 • Grupo Folklorico De Elkhart (Students of Lupita Zepeda)

1:25 • Goshen High School Students of Theresa Gunden

1:55 • Les & Gwen Zook (Folk Music)

2:20 • The Night Crawlers

3:50 • Voices ‘N Harmony (Goshen College Gospel Choir)

3:20 • Efrain Ortega (Cumbia)

Contacts:

  • Sreekala Rajagopalan 533-0917
  • Patti Mosher 206-9459
  • Wes Graff 533-2102