New York Film Academy (NYFA) recently held two events for Celebrate Diversity Month that attracted over 100 participants and was a huge hit with everyone involved.
Diversity Month, also called Celebrate Diversity Month, is traditionally held in April of every year, and is a time to recognize and celebrate cultures and populations other than your own. Diversity Month is especially celebrated at New York Film Academy, which attracts students from all walks of life across the globe.
On April 17, 35 people, including alumni, students, staff, faculty, and even one community member who had never been to NYFA before went to Open Mic Night 4/17. They learned how to communicate with people different than themselves and felt more connected to the NYFA community.
Performances ranged from poetry to truth speaking, singing, beatboxing, rapping, and comedy. The last act was a spontaneous collaborative song with the audience that included singing, rapping, and beatboxing, and was indeed a powerful moment!
On April 3, 75 folks came to the Networking Cafe, and were eager to learn about each other and different aspects of culture that impact the workplace. The “Cafe Menu” that shows the exercise they did is below, which guided participants through understanding different aspects of culture.
There was also butcher paper with prompts for students to respond to, such as
In Your Culture How Would You…
Greet a stranger?
Gesture to get somebody’s attention?
Stand by someone when talking? How close or far?
Gesture to show you understood what was told to you?
What are common beliefs about…
How to treat those older than you?
Beauty and presentation?
Professionalism in the workplace?
Responsibilities of children and teens?
New York Film Academy thanks all the participants who made this April the best Celebrate Diversity Month to date and looks forward to continuing the tradition next year!