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Hispanic music launches CSU diversity program

By Curt Yeomans

cyeomans@news-daily.com

Clayton State University has been recognized by U.S. News and World report as being the most diverse baccalaureate college in the southeast for six years, and now the school is going to display its diversity in monthly cultural-arts events.

The university's department of Campus Life will initiate its "Multicultural Middays" program with a performance by the Latin-American music group, Tahino, on Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., in the new University Amphitheater, next to Swan Lake and Spivey Hall.

"Getting the campus community to understand the importance of attending these programs and how it could benefit them, can be challenging," said Lakiesa Cantey, assistant director of campus life. "There are a multitude of characteristics that make us different from each other; however, at the end of the day, we will find out that we all have commonalties."

Last year, Clayton State's 6,043-member student body was 54 percent black; 29 percent white; 5 percent Asian; 5 percent multiracial; 5 percent unknown; 3 percent Hispanic, and 0.2 percent Native American.

Thursday's program is being held to teach people about Hispanic culture as Hispanic Heritage Month begins. The observance lasts from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15, annually. It is held to highlight the anniversaries of the independence in Costa Rica; El Salvador; Guatemala; Honduras; Nicaragua; Mexico, and Chile.

Tahino will perform several different types of music, including Salsa, Samba, Reggae, Merengue, Tango, and Cha Cha Cha.

On Oct. 23, the program will resume with "Tip Tap Two," which will teach attendees about the history of tap dance. Other diversity programs the university is putting on this year include a "Real Talk Series," which will begin on Oct. 9, with a discussion on presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain, and a discussion in November about the varying cultural differences in different American cities.