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Colorado Mesa University’s Cultural Diversity Board is in the middle of MAVFest, a week-long series of events promoting campus organizations.


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MAVfest celebrates campus diversity

Colorado Mesa University’s Cultural Diversity Board is in the middle of MAVFest, a week-long series of events promoting campus organizations.

MAVfest continued with Tuesday’s Safety and Wellness Fair, sponsored by Associated Student Government (ASG). The fair featured approximately 25 booths from campus groups and local entities promoting a safe and healthy lifestyle. The on-campus groups included the Student Nurses Association, the Monfort Human Performance Lab and the Outdoor Program, among others. Other participants included the state patrol, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Genny’s Hope Foundation and many more. St. Mary’s Hospital landed a CareFlight helicopter on campus.

CDB screened the movie Gran Torino. This socially and racially charged film starring Clint Eastwood takes a closer look at bias and differences within our society.

ASG, which has three contested senate races this year, hosted its Campaign Bash on Wednesday, April 17. Musical guests The Shift performed, while attendees visit booths from other on-campus clubs and organizations. Student government members served burgers, brats and a vegetarian option. Candidates introduced themselves, and the presidential and vice presidential candidates debate was from 4:30 to 5:15 p.m.

All six CDB alliances will showcase cultural performances outside of the University Center on Friday, April 19. CMU will celebrate its differences and diversity through music, dancing,
makeup and costumes.

MAVfest kicked off April 13 with the Ho’olokahi Polynesian Luau. Ho’olokahi, which means “peace and unity” in Hawaiian, is the student alliance representing Polynesian cultures on CDB. It was formed 20 years ago by the first three Hawaiian students to attend Mesa. There are approximately 200 Hawaiian students enrolled at CMU today.

For the past 12 years, Ho’olokahi has been sharing the culture of Polynesia with the Grand Junction community by hosting an annual luau at the end of spring semester. Their performances include traditional and contemporary Hawaiian hulas, along with performances from Tahiti, Samoa, New Zealand, Fiji and Tonga. The luau is one of CMU’s largest events.

On Monday, CDB sponsored“A Taste of Culture”. The six CDB alliances offered a smorgasbord of food choices, from chocolate, to tamales, to Navajo tacos.

If you would like more information about the Cultural Diversity Board or promoting diversity at CMU, please contact Danny Sandoval at dsandoval@coloradomesa.edu or 970.248.1765.

By Danny Sandoval

Media Contact

Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

970.248.1868 (o)

970.640.0421 (c)