Hodges University Holds 8th Annual Diversity Festival

Hodges University News

Hodges University is pleased to announce its 8th Annual Diversity Festival will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 3. The festival, which has attracted approximately 3,000 attendees in past years, will be hosted for the first time on the Naples campus, 2655 Northbrooke Drive, Naples, FL 34119.

The Diversity Festival brings together various cultures and ethnic groups located in southwest Florida for a day of celebration, inclusion, music, art, dance and other entertainment to promote understanding, education, and inclusion throughout our culturally diverse community. The festival will kick off with the Parade of Nations, visually representing several countries historically and culturally. Local restaurants and food vendors will be on-site offering attendees the opportunity to expand their palettes.

From noon to approximately 4:00 p.m., the event will be family-focused offering child activities including demonstrations by the Collier County Sheriff's Department, fire trucks, a bounce house and rock climbing wall, arts and crafts, a Home Depot workshop, face painting and more. Free services including hearing and vision screenings will also be available. The last two hours of the event is expected to draw adults and professionals for special performances including featured jazz artist Galen Abdur Razzaq & Company

The event is open to the public and admission is free to children age 5 and younger, $10 for individuals, or $30 for a group of 5. Admission is free to our Veterans and their families. All festival attendees are encouraged to bring two non-perishable items to donate to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida. The goal is to fill the food bank truck that will be on-site. 

This years event sponsors include: Home Depot, Media Vista Group, and Lee Pitts of Lee Pitts Live. To become a sponsor, volunteer or vendor, please email Gail Williams at gwilliams@hodges.edu.

About The Society for Diversity
The Society for Diversity is the largest professional association for Diversity and Inclusion and includes members from 42 states and three countries. The mission of The Society is to educate and equip diversity executives and professionals with the tools needed to design and execute effective diversity and inclusion strategies; share information and resources through an international business network; and establish a global standard of quality in the field of diversity.


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