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Team Schriever celebrates diversity


Schriever Airmen participate in a Native American dance during the tenth annual Diversity Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 17, 2018. The event included education booths, cultural performances and food vendors representing different cultures around the world. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kathryn Calvert)


Schriever Airmen and their families will be able to experience different cultures across the installation under one roof for the 11th-annual Diversity Day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the indoor running track on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Aug. 23, 2019.

Tech. Sgt. Albert Stoner, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron operations support flight chief and event coordinator, said the event represents the full scale of human demographics–race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, age, physical disability, lifestyles and more. 

“The purpose of Diversity Day is for us, as an installation, to come together and celebrate what makes each of us unique while placing an emphasis on the value of what individuality brings to the fight,” Stoner said.

According to Stoner, diversity isn’t a lecturer or a briefing, it is a hands-on interactive experience for people to take part.

“Schriever Airmen should attend Diversity Day to relax and educate themselves on what makes their teammates who they are,” Stoner said. “I would go as far as challenging each Airman on the installation to attend and walk away learning something new about a culture they were unfamiliar.”

Each year, the event features several performances to entertain the audience.

“We currently have an assortment to include Asian American, Women’s History, LGBTQ, Pacific Islander, American Indian, Women’s Equality, African American, Disability Awareness, MLK Day, Hispanic Heritage and English American.”

There will also be booths setup for supporting agencies throughout Colorado Springs including Special Kids/Special Families, Military Family Life Counselors, mental health, Air Force Wounded Warrior Program and the Matrix University of Colorado, Colorado Springs Diversity Group.

Capt. Tiara Smith, 3rd SES executive officer and event coordinator, said there will be a fashion show this year.

“We will have Schriever Airmen modeling different ethnic garments from around the world, as well as a multitude of other performances,” she said.  “One cool fact about the show is Shauna Alexander, Chief Master Sgt. Boston Alexander, 50th Space Wing command chief’s wife, designed and created most of what you will see on the runway.”

Diversity Day is an approved alternate duty location for 50th Space Wing members. For more information, or to volunteer for the day of the event, call 567-4095 or 567-5373.

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