Base holds Minot Diversity Day

MINOT AIR FORCE BASE Minot Diversity Day at Minot Air Force Base brings together various heritages for a day of education, entertainment, food and socializing.

Master Sgt. Janisa Wallace, project officer for Minot Diversity Day, held Thursday at the Minot AFB Doolittle Center, said, “The goal of Minot Diversity Day is to enlighten, inspire (and) motivate individuals (and) to understand different cultures, social, racial, age, sexual orientation and acceptance.”

She said the day is held annually at the base.

Wallace said various means are used including Facebook, Twitter, word of mouth and the Public Affairs Office to get the word out to ask people to first volunteer. Once they have committees set up, they go from there. This year, she said they have many volunteers who are helping with the event and as performers.

“We have nine mandatory heritages that we must portray and display each year,” Wallace said. She said one display that has been added this year is LGBT Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender. “This is the first for that committee,” she said.

She said the other diversities are European, Asian Pacific, Hispanic-Latin, Native American, African American, Women’s Heritage, Disability Awareness, Jewish Holocaust and Women’s Equality, the latter including LGBT. The mandatory heritages for Diversity Day are set by the Department of Defense.

Participants to Minot Diversity Day received an Official Diversity Day Passport and when they visited each booth, their passport was stamped. Entertainment for the day included dancers and spoken word, along with food representing various cultures.

Wallace is the 5th Medical Group superintendent and in that position is responsible for 299 airmen. She said this is her first time as the project officer for Minot Diversity Day. She has been at Minot AFB for one year but when she previously was in Japan she was involved in a similar day there.