KSU Prepares For Community Cultural Harmony Week

MANHATTAN, Kansas - Kansas State University and the Manhattan community will celebrate Community Cultural Harmony Week Sept. 19-24.

The event is in its 23rd year and has two new co-organizers.

Be Stoney, associate professor of curriculum and instruction, and Scott Jones, assistant dean of student life, took charge this year. Both have been on the week's organizing committee for more than 10 years.

Stoney and Jones want to promote a greater appreciation for the event in the community.

"Community Cultural Harmony Week is one way to fulfill the university's mission of providing a broad education to students," Jones said. "It is important to function in a global society, and this week creates an opportunity to face common issues we are continually trying to resolve."

Stoney said she would like to see more participation by the community.

"It's time to tap into people who aren't used to being a part of these types of groups," she said. "Sometimes we don't want to participate in things that we think don't really involve us, but Community Cultural Harmony Week involves everyone in the surrounding community."

The week starts at 6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 19, at the UFM Learning Center's peace pole. Presentations will be made by representatives from the city of Manhattan, Manhattan-Ogden USD 383 and K-State.

A highlight of the week will be diversity training and development for faculty, staff and students. The training is sponsored by K-State's Diversity Programming Committee, the School of Leadership Studies and the office of diversity and dual career development.

The training will include Maura Cullen, a national speaker on diversity and author of the book, "35 Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say." She will speak at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, in Forum Hall at the K-State Union. Her presentation is free and open to the public.

More information on Community Cultural Harmony Week is available at http://k-state.edu/cchw/.