I use the term culture very loosely as I am not solely referring to ethnicities, as culture is a “cultivated behavior” or shared beliefs amongst a group of people. The conference would take place on campus, so that cuts the cost of transportation, food and rooms if it were held anywhere else, and would last a weekend (Friday through Sunday).
Specific workshops would be held throughout the day varying from diversity among race /ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation as well as any other topic that may fall under such a category. The workshops may include short films leading into highly debatable subjects, specific speakers coming in to address controversial topics, or an interactive, hands on activity. All in all the workshops would be held to invoke feeling into others as a means of “expressing” other cultures. The workshops would be held on Friday and Saturday and the conference would close out on Sunday with a big Multi-Cultural Fair either held in the Campus Center Ball Room, or outside depending on the weather. The Fair would be a fun way to end off an intense weekend, but also shows the collaboration amongst everyone.
This idea may seem simple, but it definitely requires a lot of planning and collaboration. The different groups on campus would have to work together to come up with the workshop topics without being biased towards their own culture. I feel that this would definitely promote diversity throughout the University, while staying within the $4,000 budget