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Schriever engages in Diversity Day

The Seven Falls Indian Dance troupe, performs during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Seven Falls Indian Dancers is a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers from the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee Sioux and Crow Creek Sioux tribes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

The Seven Falls Indian Dance troupe, performs during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Seven Falls Indian Dancers is a family dance troupe representing four generations of dancers from the Pawnee, Flandreau Santee Sioux and Crow Creek Sioux tribes. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Individuals participate in a discussion at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender booth during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. During the event there was a panel that hosted questions answered by members of the LBGT community about struggles, concerns and what allies can do to help. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Individuals participate in a discussion at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender booth during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. During the event there was a panel that hosted questions answered by members of the LBGT community about struggles, concerns and what allies can do to help. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

2nd Lt. Kenneth Barber, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron GPS crew chief, one of the master of ceremonies, greets participants at the opening of Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Barber also manned the African- American booth for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

2nd Lt. Kenneth Barber, 3rd Space Experimentation Squadron GPS crew chief, one of the master of ceremonies, greets participants at the opening of Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Barber also manned the African- American booth for the event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Laila Ireland, Army veteran, answers questions at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender panel during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Diversity Day program has been looked at by United States Air Force Academy, Peterson, and Buckley Air Force Base as a model for special observances education and outreach.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Laila Ireland, Army veteran, answers questions at the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender panel during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Diversity Day program has been looked at by United States Air Force Academy, Peterson, and Buckley Air Force Base as a model for special observances education and outreach. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

B-Boy Kid Cruz, B-Boy factory, performs a break dance maneuver for the audience gathered at Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. B-Boy Factory was such a popular performance that they did an encore performance at the end of the event.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

B-Boy Kid Cruz, B-Boy factory, performs a break dance maneuver for the audience gathered at Diversity Day on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. B-Boy Factory was such a popular performance that they did an encore performance at the end of the event.(U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Jamoral drum and dance troupe, play djembes during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Jamoral, which means "listening to each other" in senagales is a Colorado Springs-based West African drum and dance Troupe led by Fall who is from Senegal.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Jamoral drum and dance troupe, play djembes during Diversity Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. Jamoral, which means "listening to each other" in Senagales is a Colorado Springs-based West African drum and dance troupe led by Fall. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Col. Anthony Mastalir, 50th Space Wing vice commander, gives opening remarks during Diversity Day at, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The 50th Space Wing hosted the event to educate Schriever members about diversity and its importance to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Col. Anthony Mastalir, 50th Space Wing vice commander, gives opening remarks during Diversity Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The 50th Space Wing hosted the event to educate Schriever members about diversity and its importance to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Jim Running Bear Montoya, Gathering of Spirits troupe from the Colorado Springs Indian center, plays a drum and sings with other members of the group during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016,. The CSICs goal is to reach the American Indian/Alaskan Native community and the Pikes Peak Community at large.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Jim Bear Running Montoya, Gathering of Spirits troupe from the Colorado Springs Indian center, plays a drum and sings with other members of the group during Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016,. The CSICs goal is to reach the American Indian/Alaskan Native community and the Pikes Peak Community at large. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

The Gathering of Spirits group from the Colorado Springs Indian Center, plays the circle drum and sing during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Gathering of Spirits comprises of both men and women who take pride in and embraces the group as the lifeblood and financial sustainability of the center. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

The Gathering of Spirits group from the Colorado Springs Indian Center, plays the circle drum and sing during Diversity Day at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The Gathering of Spirits comprises of men and women who take pride in and embraces the group as the lifeblood and financial sustainability of the center. (U.S. Air Force photo by/ Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

Christina Yeh, from Christina Yeh Dance Studio in Denver, performs a traditional Chinese dance during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The event featured food, demonstrations, presentations and a panel from more than 10 cultures and ethnic groups, with performers coming from as far as Denver.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)
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Christina Yeh, from Christina Yeh Dance Studio in Denver, performs a traditional Chinese dance during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The event featured food, demonstrations, presentations and a panel from more than 10 cultures and ethnic groups, with performers coming from as far as Denver. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Matthew Coleman-Foster)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Maj. Rickie Bannister 50th Space Wing Inspector General, gets pumped up by Ed Vaughn, 50th Space Wing Equal Opportunity office director, during a sumo wrestling match at Diversity Day, Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The intention of the event was to educate members about diversity and its importance to the Air Force mission.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)
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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Maj. Rickie Bannister 50th Space Wing Inspector General, gets pumped up by Ed Vaughn, 50th Space Wing Equal Opportunity office director, during a sumo wrestling match at Diversity Day on Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The intention of the event was to educate members about diversity and its importance to the Air Force mission. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Ellicott elementary school children enjoy one of the performers during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The base hosted its annual Diversity Day celebration at the base indoor running track 26 August, 2016.  The event is held to celebrate diverse cultures and to recognize various contributions these cultures have made to society and the Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)
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SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. – Schriever School Age Program children enjoy one of the performers during Diversity Day, at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The base hosted its annual Diversity Day celebration at the base indoor running track 26 August, 2016. The event is held to celebrate diverse cultures and to recognize various contributions these cultures have made to society and the Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo/Dennis Rogers)

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The 50th Space Wing Equal Opportunity office treated Team Schriever to a day full of cultural enrichment during Diversity Day Friday, at the indoor running track here.

The intention of the event was to educate members about diversity and its importance to the Air Force mission. The Department of Defense mandates certain observances be recognized throughout the year and the Schriever EO team combined them into one performance and food-packed event.

“The Diversity Day committee continues to set a new standard of excellence each year with the overarching objective of educating our military and civilian workforce on the benefits of diversity,” said Ed Vaughn, 50 SW EO director.

The EO team has hosting this event for the past eight years, and have plans for many more.

“We wanted to encourage participants to embrace the unique individuals and understand that being different is accepted. While learning about different cultures that exist within their own workplace, we also wanted them to have a great time doing it.” said Capt. Brinetta Hence, 2nd Space Operations Squadron “Who doesn't enjoy free food and free performances? Usually people will have to wait and research around to find performances like these, but it is a privilege to be able to have all of these people come to us and show us a good time.”

The event featured food, demonstrations, presentations and a panel from more than 10 cultures and ethnic groups, with performers coming from as far as Denver. Some of the booths came from a distance too. Keoni Lagunero from the Lost Hawaiians Ohana 2G came all the way from Fort Collins, Colorado.

“We bring the Hawaiian culture to Diversity Day so people can have an opportunity to express themselves and learn about Hawaii in case they ever get the chance to go there. We have different traditional and contempary artifacts from way back then to present times,” said Lagunero.

More than 1,500 individuals came to the indoor running track to see what Diversity Day had to offer this year.

 The resounding theme of diversity was not lost on the performers who understood the importance of their presence at the event and were willing to share pieces of their culture.

“It is a great way to be a part of and to promote diversity, not only in our communities but also the military communities and they in themselves are diverse because they’re coming from all over the United States. We are very glad to participate in this endeavor,” said Debbie Howe, Seven Falls Dancers.

 “Hopefully, people left the event knowing a little more about culture and why fostering a climate of acceptance will ensure the viability of the Air Force,” said Vaughn.

For information on how to participate in next year’s Diversity Day event, contact the Equal Opportunity office at 567-7096.

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