The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's
Urban Affairs and New Nontraditional Programs spearheaded a cultural
diversity program for the personnel of the Child Nutrition Program
of Huntsville City Schools on Friday, August 3, 2001. This seminar-workshop
was held at the Huntsville High School auditorium.
The seminar started early in the morning with
greetings and words of welcome from the Superintendent of Huntsville
City Schools Dr. Ann Ray Moore and Ms. Jan Harris, principal of
Huntsville High School. A brief statement followed the greetings
that outlined the purpose of the seminar-workshop by Mrs. Carol
Wheelock, director of the Child Nutrition Program. Certificates
and awards were also presented to the staff in recognition for
their contributions to the nutrition program during the year.
Prior to the presentations
of the seminar speakers, Dr. Dony Gapasin, Extension community
resource development (CRD) specialist, introduced the activities
that were presented as part of the seminar-workshop-training program.
The first resource speaker was Extension CRD Specialist Dr. Willie
Larkin from Auburn University who showed several slides during
his discussion on the topic Valuing Diversity. Forty minutes
thereafter, Extension Animal Scientist Dr. Julio Correa from Alabama
A&M University discussed Hispanics/Latinos in the USA Today.
His presentation included the latest census of immigrants from
South and Central America and other Spanish-speaking countries
who are now residing in the USA and the implications to socioeconomic
life in America. The next speaker, Mrs. Maria Taylor, formerly
from Peru and a logistic management specialist of the Aviation
and Missile Command at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, presented
Basic Conversational Spanish.
A multicultural program followed featuring
folk dances from Panama, Peru, Spain, Philippines, and Scotland,
a slide show of the Philippines, and a Scottish bagpipe and snare
drum composition. In addition, the Hawaiian Fun Dance Troupe of
Huntsville presented several dance numbers of the Hawaiian hula-Blue
Hawaii, Poi Balls and the Tahitian Bora-Bora, along
with dazzling costume displays from Vietnam, African countries,
Panama, Peru, Scotland and the Philippines. The audience also
joined in singing It's a Small World and America the
Beautiful. To round off the activities, there were exhibits
of arts and crafts and posters from Indonesia, St. Lucia, Philippines,
Peru and African countries in the auditorium lobby of the Huntsville