OFF THE MENU - April 5 at Cozzy Corner

posted Mar 16, 2017, 7:50 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers   [ updated Mar 16, 2017, 8:53 PM ]

Share a meal with fellow community members in a fun, authentic, social atmosphere! "Come as strangers, leave as friends."

Wednesday, April 5, 6:00-7:30 p.m. at Cozzy Corner, 111 N. Walnut St. Appleton. Paid participants will recieve an 'off the menu' Southern food experience.
$10 for CDFC Members or $15 for non-CDFC Members
*does not include drink or meal tip*
Tickets are limited - Sales end Thursday, March 30, 2017

*The menu is being specially prepared by Cozzy Corner to feature authentic cultural food that may not be vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free friendly. If you have a dietary restriction please come prepared to order off the menu. Thank you for your flexibility!

Diversity Discovery Free Day VOLUNTEER INFORMATION

posted May 31, 2016, 11:41 AM by Carolyn Desrosiers

Important Details

-Signup to volunteer on volunteer on volunteerspot:

-To double check your spot/spots, click here: View Activity

-Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes before your scheduled spot. Please park in the Appleton downtown red ramp kitty corner from the museum. The cost is $2 to park all day. We've provided a parking map below. 

-Enter through the main museum doors and check in at the info table when you arrive.

-Dress is casual. 

-Lunch is being donated by City Cafe, a delicious restaurant in the city center. Vegetarian and gluten free options will be available. We will also have water, coffee, and snacks available throughout the day.

-Don't forget to RSVP for the event on Facebook. Feel free to share with friends.

-Building for Kids Address & Phone : 100 W College Ave, Appleton, WI 54911 (920) 734-3226

Announcing the Return of New World Cinema Sept. 20

posted Sep 16, 2015, 7:27 AM by Carolyn Desrosiers

Announcing the Return of New World Cinema Sept. 20

Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities is pleased to announce the return of the NEW World Cinema film series, co-sponsored by UW Fox Valley.

This fall, we are featuring films that deal with a variety of social issues. Screenings take place at UW Fox are followed with discussion led by a community presenter. All movies have English subtitles. Admission is $5.00 for the public, but free to UWFox students and staff.

Not Rated | 133 Min | India, 2014                                                 
Right before her wedding, a young woman finds herself abducted and held for ransom. As the initial days pass, she begins to develop a strange bond with her kidnapper.

Show Dates:
9/20 2p | w/ Sandhya Sridhar
9/21 7p | w/ Kamal Varma
R | 106 Min | USA, 2010 
A man has difficulty coping with the knowledge that his 14-year-daughter was assaulted by a sexual predator she met in an online chat room.

Show Dates:
10/18 2p | w/ Hannah Keesler (UWFox Counseling Services)
10/19 7p | w/ Evelyn Li (UWFox Instructional Technology)
PG-13 | 110 Min | USA, 2006                 
A man coping with the institutionalization of his wife because of Alzheimer's disease faces an epiphany when she transfers her affections to another man at the nursing home.

Show Dates:
11/15 2p | w/ Beth Belmore (Fox Valley Memory Project)
11/16 7p | w/ Betty Lefebvre-Hill (Fox Valley Memory Project)
R | 97 Min | USA, 1996       
Three stories portray women coping with unplanned pregnancies in various social climates, the 1950s, 1970s and 1990s.

Show Dates:
12/20 2p | w/ Margo DeNuccio (Planned Parenthood)
12/21 7p | w/ Moderator: Jane Frantz (Pro-Life supporter)

Celebrate Diversity Picnic August 29 at Appleton Memorial Park

posted Jul 24, 2015, 1:05 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers   [ updated Jul 24, 2015, 1:06 PM ]

Come celebrate diversity in our community at the 23rd Annual Celebrate Diversity Picnic Saturday, August 29 from 12-4 p.m. in at the Appleton Memorial Park pavilion. This event, sponsored by Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities, is free, family-friendly, and open to all. We invite you to bring a dish to pass and we will provide main dishes and beverages. 


Nkauj Hmoob Ntsais Lias Dancers

Mile of Music Artists

Belly Dancing with Kahina

Drum Circle with Oshkosh Rhythm Institute

DJ Rayon Tha Don

Children’s games, henna, prizes, pinata, and more!

Shuttle transportation will be provided by Fox Valley Technical College to and from the picnic. Shuttles leave from the corner of Lawrence St. and Elm St. in downtown Appleton between 11:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Shuttles return starting at 4:00 p.m. 

General Member Meeting and Ethnic Potluck

posted Jun 25, 2015, 7:53 AM by Carolyn Desrosiers

All members of Celebrate Diversity Fox Cities are invited to join together for a general member meeting, featuring ethnic potluck on Monday July 20, 2015 at 6:45 p.m. We will meet in door 16 of Fox Valley Tech. Please bring a dish to pass. The purpose of the meeting is for members to come together with the CDFC board to hear updates and share ideas. 

UWO Inter-Tribal Powwow

posted Oct 20, 2013, 1:08 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers

Join Toward Community in supporting the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Inter-Tribal Powwow at Albee Hall. FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Download the flyer for more detais! 
MC: Elliott Funmaker, Sr 
Arena Director: Brian Jackson
Head Dancers: Stephen King and Julie Hill
Veterans: Veterans of the Menominee Nation
Invited Drums: War Club (Host),Wind Eagle, Wisconsin Dells Singers, Young Firekeepers, Gii Ta’see
Afternoon/Evening Specials including Switcheroo (time permitting)

Community Conversations in November

posted Oct 20, 2013, 1:01 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers   [ updated Oct 20, 2013, 1:02 PM ]

With all the discussions swirling around the government shutdown lately, are you ready for a civil conversation involving real listening, respect, and collaboration regarding our community and country? Join in a Community Conversation, Thursdays, November, 7, 14 and 21, 6-8 p.m. at UW-Fox Valley, room 1264. The attachment gives you more information and ways to register, but e-mailing is most convenient. We will use the curriculum, "Toward a More Perfect Union," from, as a guide to start our conversations and see where they go from there.  

We would love to have you join us!

Toward Community: How Close Are We?

posted Aug 24, 2013, 5:57 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers

In 1993, an organization was started to promote acceptance, fight racism, and bring people from diverse cultures together.  How close are we to being a community, a place where people truly celebrate differences?

Join us Thursday, September 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha, for "Toward Community: How Close Are We?" an educational, 20-year anniversary celebration of Toward Community: Unity In Diversity. This event is free and open to the public and features first person stories of life in the Fox Cities from members of the Hmong, Hispanic, African American, Jewish, Indian, and gay communities, as well as guitar and vocal performances from Tony Gonzalez, Erica Hamilton, and Socorro Rivera. There will be a reception with food and beverages to close out the evening. 

Download the flyer below for more details!

Rolling Back to School in Style Block Party

posted Aug 24, 2013, 5:47 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers

The Rolling Back to School in Style Block Party happens on September 1, 2013, from 12 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. at King’s Barbershop at 745 W. College Avenue. Free back packs, school supplies, hair cuts, and braids for kids 12 and under! Includes carnival games, inflatables, live music, prizes and more! 

Download the flyer below for more information!

Celebrate Diversity Picnic Press Release

posted Jul 12, 2013, 7:23 PM by Carolyn Desrosiers

Celebrate Diversity picnic 

Event celebrates Fox Cities’ diversity with food, games, community connections 

 It may be a bit of cliché, but sharing food in a relaxed atmosphere is still a great way to break the ice and meet people from all cultures, all walks of life. The annual Celebrate Diversity picnic -- an event Toward Community: Unity In Diversity has been hosting in the Fox Cities for 20 years -- returns to Erb Park, 1800 N. Morrison St., Appleton on Saturday, July 20.

People looking for food, culturally diverse entertainment, and most importantly, an opportunity to have a conversation with white, black, Hmong, Hispanic and Native American folks, both young and old, are in for a treat.

The free event runs from noon to 4 p.m.  

“Celebrate Diversity is the perfect opportunity to come out of your  ‘comfort zone’  a little bit and meet people from different backgrounds,” noted Prerna Kvalvik, chairperson of Toward Community.  “While Toward Community provides some entertainment, we encourage all people who come, to show off their culture by sharing ethnic dishes, wearing native clothing and telling stories as people gather and share the day eating, playing, talking and listening.”

This summer’s picnic features Hmong dancers (Hkauj Hmoob Hli Hra), Middle Eastern belly dancing with Kahina, face painting, henna, soccer, traditional brats and burgers, several Hmong dishes and other delectable foods.  Unlike many events, you don’t have to register in advance and it’s all free and open to the public.

“We encourage people to bring a dish to pass,” said Scott Peeples, long-time member of the Toward Community. “That could mean a bag of potato chips or an ethnic dish passed on over several generations. But no one cares if you don’t bring anything either. We’ll have plenty of food for everyone.”

Adding a dynamic presence to the picnic this year will be international students from Fox Valley Technical College. Students from Central America will help by preparing food and leading games for children and adults throughout the day.

The Hmong American Partnership, Harmony Café and Insta Print Plus are also offering support and in kind services for the event.

Twenty years ago, the Celebrate Diversity picnic was one of the first organized events organized by a new organization, Toward Community. Toward Community was founded to promote the ideal of the Fox Cities as a place for all sorts of people, not just the predominantly white population. Celebration has always been an important part of the mission, according to Kvalvik, but certainly not the only focus.

“ While the picnic  is an informal gathering, the purpose is far from insignificant,” she explained. “The more opportunities we have to meet others who are different than ourselves, the more we learn how much we have in common.

 “We actually realize that, despite our differences, we all want the same thing: to be accepted for who we are, to be respected and to be treated with kindness and dignity. “

 A few months down the road, Toward Community will focus on the other aspects of its mission, advocacy and education.  “Toward Community: How Close Are We?” will be held on Thursday, September 19, 7 to 9 p.m. at  UW-Fox Valley, 1478 Midway Road, Menasha. The event will take a look at the Fox Cities 20 years after the founding of Toward Community: Unity In Diversity. The question of how close this community is to truly being a community, a place where people look out for one another and celebrate differences, will be answered with people from diverse cultures sharing stories about living in the Fox Cities.

But on July 20, the goal is mostly light hearted conversation, fun and games and a full stomach.  Children who have attended the Celebrate Diversity know that candy is also a highlight. But they have to work for it by taking a whack at the piñata toward the end of the picnic.  With their hands full of candy and their hearts full of hope, the intention is that picnic revelers go home reenergized to support one another.  

For more information on the Celebrate Diversity picnic or the work of Toward Community, contact Kvalvik at 920-738-1895, or go to

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