UT Arlington Diversity Week - It's a Maverick World!
SATURday, March 1 – SATURday, March 8, 2014
Founded in spring 2008, our annual Diversity Week was established by Multicultural Affairs as a campus wide celebration of the multiple cultures that make up our Maverick community. We were thrilled in 2010 to join forces with the Office for Students with Disabilities to combine Disability Week and Diversity Week into one annual program. Featured events educate participants on issues regarding disability, race, sexual orientation, gender and religious diversity.
MAVfest is the annual outdoor diversity festival featuring cultural booths, games, refreshments, music, and performances by student organizations. Stop by a booth to get a henna tattoo; play the “Bead Who You Are” game with the Leaders Educating About Diversity; or enjoy a pick up game of dominos. Be sure to stop by one of the most popular activities of the day: the Movin’ Mavs Wheelchair obstacle course! Check out the main stage area for fabulous performances such as traditional African dance, Salsa, fashion show, tango, Filipino dance, and more! Over 1500 students, faculty, and staff participated the first year and this amazing festival continues to grow!
Past participants have included the Muslim Student Association, African Student Organization, Latin American Student Organization, Mr. & Ms. UTA, Filipino Student Association, Fine Arts Society of India, UTA Dance Ensemble, Women in Leadership, LEAD, AMAS, Gay Straight Alliance, Safe Zone, UTA Volunteers, Black Student Association, NAACP, Student Congress, Native American Student Association, and the Latin American Student Organization.
EVENT HOSTS & GOALS
Our office leads the coordination of a series of events with collaborators from across the campus. Past co-sponsors include but are not limited to the Office of the President, the Leadership Center, Safe Zone committee, Honors College, EXCEL Campus Activities, and the Movin’ Mavs!
- Provide an educational learning opportunity that emphasizes multiple facets of diversity
- Educate the campus community on the different cultures found on campus
- Cultivate common ground amongst individuals by providing venues for cross cultural learning
Calendar of Events
Check back for updates on events planned for Diversity Week 2013! Details coming in October!
UTA groups and individuals are invited to participate in MAVfest, the official Diversity Week festival. Almost 2 dozen groups host a booth each year and may also perform in the MAVfest talent show.
A NATIONAL AWARD WINNING PROGRAM
Diversity Week: It's a Maverick World was selected as the silver medal honoree in the International, Multicultural, Cultural, LGBTQ, Spirituality, Disability, and Related category of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Awards in December 2010. This national award was given to recognize outstanding cultural programming in student affairs amongst institutions of higher education across the country.