Hill plans base’s first Diversity Festival

The Team Hill Diversity Council will bring together all the remembrances and cultural events celebrated throughout the year to the base’s first Diversity Festival. The festival will be 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 20 at Centennial Park. There will be music, cultural presentations, information booths and food. The event is open to everyone with access to the base.

The Diversity Council has worked hard to make this event happen and hopes to educate everyone about Hill AFB’s unique diversity and how it helps make our Team Hill world a better place to live and work.

Established in the fall of 2015, the Diversity Council is open to everyone – military, civilian, retirees and family members. The executive council for the group currently has 19 members that includes representatives for all of the special observances held here every year. In addition to base activities, council members also help out in the local community, and proceeds earned from the volunteers’ work go toward supporting diversity activities. 

The Diversity Council will support 10 special observances each year. Some last only a day; others run a month. They include:

Martin Luther King, Jr (recognized the third Monday of January)

African American History Month (February)

Women’s History Month (March)

Holocaust Remembrance Day/Holocaust Days of Remembrance (April/May)

Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May)

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month (June)

Women’s Equality Day (Aug. 26)

Hispanic American Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15)

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (October)

American Indian and Alaskan Native Heritage Month (November)

The Diversity Festival will showcase the above observances. Those serving on each special observance sub-committee will be working information booths at the festival, and each sub-committee member is passionate about the opportunity to share information about the council and what their unique observance represents for diversity

I encourage everyone to come to the festival and take time to visit each of the booths with an open mind and a willingness to discover more about Team Hill’s uniqueness.

For more information about the Diversity Council or the festival, contact Master Sgt. Tammy Butler, tammy.butler@us.af.mil, 586-9738, or Irene Jones, irene.jones.1@us.af.mil, 777-9035.