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July 22, 2009

2009 State Diversity Fair set for Aug. 4

TUMWATER – The ninth annual 2009 State Diversity Fair, celebrating Washington’s diverse population, will be held Tuesday, Aug. 4, in Tumwater. The free event is open to state employees and the community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This year’s theme is "We All Smile in the Same Language" and will include musical and cultural performances, educational workshops, ethnic foods, resource tables for state and community organizations, and educational exhibits. Live entertainment will include African drumming, Irish and Latin dancers, and Polynesian music.

Social justice activist, traveling teacher and storyteller Bill Grace will be the keynote speaker. His address, entitled "Embracing Differences," will include insights from his research on what inspires leaders to pursue justice.

Workshop subjects include "Speed Networking," "Moral Courage" and a "Diversity Lab" device demonstration presented by the Washington Assistive Technology Act Program of the University of Washington.

For the second year, the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) will host the event at its headquarters building at 7273 Linderson Way S.E. in Tumwater. The Department of Personnel is co-sponsor of the fair.

For more information, contact L&I Diversity Administrator Imelda Ang at 360-902-6946

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For media information: Xenofon Moniodis, L&I, 360-902-6458.

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