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HHS Diversity Day: Celebrating the unique

Diversity Day is the result of a lot of work and planning the school's Diversity Crew. They include from left, front, Jeanne Richie, Duaha Lee, Manuria Yang, Kaddie Mous, Pa Kou Vue, Kyle Vang, Olga Ngankeu, Taquala Williams; standing, Kareena, Slyvia Nakazono, Mac Spohn, Karla Rojas, Zach Reams, Kaela Lewis, Victor Yang, James Xiong, Dave Hammond, Randy Yang, Turbo Moua, William Yang and Cheng La Xiong. Photo by Meg Heaton

Diversity Day is held annually at Hudson High School and is organized and presented by the "Diversity Crew."

The Diversity Crew is an organization at Hudson High School made up of more than 25 students of various ethnic backgrounds including European-American. The group includes a variety of ethnicities that speak multiple languages. The group says that while they share a common American culture, they also bring their unique cultural background with them. The group meets weekly to share stories, play games, design their annual t-shirts and build community.

In addition to Diversity Day, the group participates in events throughout the school year including Exchange Day in which a busload of Hudson students to an inner city school to spend a day making friends and attending classes. Students from that school are then invited to HHS to experience a day there.

Diversity Day 2009 featured a full morning of student acts including music, dance, poetry readings, storytelling and more. All HHS students attended the morning event in the auditorium. According to faculty advisor Dave Hammond, "What the students do is not always the traditional ethnic culture we may associate with such events, but current popular culture that the students are mimicking and creating as young Americans, shifting and expanding the definition of what culture means in the United States."

The afternoon was geared to get students up and involved with a performance by Salsabrosa who performed and told stories related to a wide variety of music styles. The event also featured some dance lessons by Social Dance Studio.