February is a month of celebrating love and friendship, but it’s also a month of celebrating diversity as a society that promotes mutual understanding and respect.
Black History Month is the annual celebration of achievements and recognition to African Americans throughout U.S. history.
Olga Chavez, the District Director of Diversity Programs at El Paso Community College, promotes a program that celebrates cultural awareness and unity among society.
Chavez said it is important for us, as a unite society to know the culture and traditions of our community.
"The thing is not to separate is to unify," she said.
Officials with the Diversity Programs want to encourage people and students to know the importance of recognizing the different cultures and educate themselves about their history and traditions.
"Some people associated diversity with people and race and it has to do with the woman, gender, ages issues… all of these deal with diversity.
As a program, we are trying to address these issues, their importance and the meaning of them," Chavez said.
As a community, EPCC promotes the culture of diversity.
Throughout February there will be three different events at the Administrative Services Center, Building A, located at 9050 Viscount Blvd.
All activities are open to the public and free.
The event Lift Every Voice and Sing A Gospel Music Celebration, will be on Feb. 20 at 6 p.m.
The event will feature Gospel music.
Through harmonies and vocalist voices, a message of freedom and love will be heard.
The Gospel Night Concert and Cuisine will feature Gospel Choirs and The Gospel Quartet The Divine Soul.
Far from being just a concert or presentation, this event will represent one of the important parts of the African American culture.
Black History Month is a time where we celebrate being together as a diverse society.
"One way of uniting is understanding people and who they are," said Chavez.
On Feb. 27 the Diversity Programs will also host Bridging Education through Jazz with Hesteriam Musicism featuring Karlton Hester, Ph.D.
Hester is a composer and musician who connects the gap between music and education and is now the Director of Jazz Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.