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Howard County's Diversity Awareness Day Celebration

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 
11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Meadowbrook Athletic Complex (MAC)
5001 Meadowbrook Lane, Ellicott City, MD 21043


Howard County Government strives to foster an environment that welcomes and values diversity within the county. Diversity Awareness Day allows us to come together and encourage respect, harmony and tolerance, increase understanding of contributions made by persons from a variety of ethnic and cultural groups, and enhance and strengthen communication among County employees. To celebrate that diversity, Howard County Government is sponsoring a Diversity Awareness Day for its employees.

Howard County Executive Calvin Ball invites you to come celebrate with your co-workers and enjoy an array of ethnic food, entertainment and homemade arts, crafts and goods! All County employee attendees will be given $8.00 in food truck tickets to be pend at the food truck(s) of their choice.

In addition to your hour lunch break, County employees will also be allotted an additional hour and a half (that's a total of 2.5 hours) of time to enjoy this year's event, as well as to allow for travel times. County employees are however reminded to please be sure to obtain permission from your supervisor to attend and ensure that coverage for your office is maintained throughout the duration of the event.  Everyone is encouraged to attend!

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (outside)  Elton Williams, Pan (Steel Drum) Soloist
  • 11:00 a.m. to 3:35 p.m. – Internationally Acclaimed Disc Jockey
  • 12:00 p.m. – Opening Ceremonines
    • Master of Ceremonies – Yolanda Vazquez, Howard County State’s Attorney’s Office
    • Presentation of Colors – Howard County Departments of Police, Fire and Rescue Services, and Corrections and Howard County Sherriff’s Office Joint Color Guard
    • National Anthem – Paul Thompson, Department of Financs
    • Remarks from the County Executive Calvin Ball
    • Remarks from the County Council Chairperson Christiana Mercer Rigby
    • Introduction of Keynote Speaker – Yolanda Vazquez
    • Keynote Address – Dr. Zainab Chaudry
    • Concluding Remarks – Yolanda Vazquez
  • 12:25 to 12:40 p.m – Keynote Speaker by Dr. Zainab Chaudry
  • 12:45 to 1:15 p.m. – Claudia Salomon, Movement Fusion
  • 1:20 to 1:50 p.m. – Prakiti Dancers, Indian Dance
  • 1:55 to 2:20 p.m. – Raffle Winners Announced
  • 2:25 to 2:55 p.m. – Lesole's Dance Project, South African Dance
  • 3:00 to 3:30 p.m. – Teelin Irish Dancers, Irish Dance

FOOD TRUCKS

INFORMATIONAL GROUPS AND VENDORS

This year's Diversity Awareness Day will feature a wide arrange of information groups and vendors committed to community/workforce diversity and who represent the diversity of Howard County employees, residents and organizations. 

Informational Groups Description
ARC of Howard County/Project Search Program information
Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services Fire safety information and Stop the Bleed and CPR Training
Howard County Health Department Information about Narcan, emergency preparedness and environmental health
PFLAG Program information
Columbia Association Program information
Cruise Planners Program information
Howard Community College Program information
BikeShare Bikes and program information
Howard County Police Department Public safety and community programming information
Howard County Sheriff's Office Program information
Wellness Works Free water and program information
Grassroots Crisis Intervention Center Program information
Howard County Library System Pop-up library
Howard County Office of Human Rights Program information

 

Vendors Description
Kwadwo Yeboah African art
Khadija Dawn Carryl Henna tattoos and natural products
Sanober Henna tattoos and Indian costume jewelry
OudLux Soaps
Rivka Leah Art & Music Original paintings, prints and knitted items
Nativo Spices Spices
Forever in Photo Calendars/photos
CookieLuv Baked goods
KLiz Creation Wooden creations
NASS Creations African clothing and accessories
UtopiaAfrica African clothing and accessories
Celestial Bonsai Bonsai trees and accessories
The Exotic Bean Coffee beans

 

EVENT TRANSPORTATION

Parking is available on the side and rear of the Meadowbrook Athletic Complex. Additional free parking is also available in the Meadowbrook Park and Long Gate Park & Ride parking lots. A short quarter mile walk along the park’s pathway system, located west of the tennis courts, will take visitors to the MAC. If possible, we encourage attendees to carpool. 

In addition, a shuttle service from various County Government offices buildings will also be provided. See below for schedule.

George Howard Building Complex:

Trip # Arrive George Howard Depart George Howard Arrive MAC Depart MAC
1 10:45 a.m. 10:50 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
2 11:15 a.m. 11:25 a.m. 11:35 a.m. 11:45 a.m.
3 11:55 a.m. 12:05 p.m. 12:15 p.m. 12:25 p.m.
4 12:35 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 12:55 p.m. 1:05 p.m.
5 1:15 p.m. 1:25 p.m. 1:35 p.m. 1:45 p.m.
6 1:55 p.m. 2:05 p.m. 2:25 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
7 2:40 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 2:55 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
8 3:45 p.m. --- --- ---

 

Riverwood Building:

Trip # Arrive Riverwood Depart Riverwood Arrive MAC Depart MAC
1 10:30 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:05 a.m.
2 11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 11:55 a.m.
3 12:10 p.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:35 p.m 12:45 p.m.
4 1:00 p.m. 1:10 p.m. 1:25 p.m. 1:35 p.m.
5 1:50 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 2:25 p.m.
6 2;40 p.m. 2:50 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 3:30 p.m.
7 3:45 p.m. --- --- ---


Gateway Building and Patuxent Woods Drive Complex: 

Trip # Depart Gateway Depart Patuxent Woods Arrive MAC Depart MAC Arrive Patuxent Woods Arrive Gateway
1 10:35 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:05 a.m. 11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
2 11:35 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:05 p.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
3 12:35 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 1:20 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
4 1:35 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:05 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
5 2:35 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:30 p.m.


Recreation & Parks Headquarters and Ascend One Building:

Trip # Depart Rec & Parks Depart Ascend One Arrive MAC Depart MAC Arrive Ascend One Arrive Rec & Parks
1 10:35 a.m. 10:45 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 11:05 a.m. 11:20 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
2 11:35 a.m. 11:45 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 12:05 p.m. 12:20 p.m. 12:30 p.m.
3 12:35 p.m. 12:45 p.m. 1:00 p.m. 1:05 p.m. 1:20 p.m. 1:30 p.m.
4 1:35 p.m. 1:45 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:05 p.m. 2:20 p.m. 2:30 p.m.
5 2:35 p.m. 2:45 p.m. 3:00 p.m. 3:05 p.m. 3:20 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

 

Diversity Day 2018

Formerly Diversity Day, hundreds of employees attended the 2018 event, held on September 26, and enjoyed an array of ethnic food, entertainment and homemade arts, crafts and goods!  To see highlights of Diversity Day 2018, visit https://youtu.be/qeV9mwthx7o.