Speed School celebrates diversity

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    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Wear your homemade tie dye t-shirt while you show off your new henna tattoo during the diversity and inclusion celebration at the J.B. Speed School of Engineering Oct. 14-16.

    “A Celebration of Diversity” offers free events each day for students, faculty and staff. It all begins with donuts on the front lawn of the J.B. Speed Building (lobby if inclement weather) Oct. 14, followed later by “We Are Speed” photos and a dine-and-dance event focusing on black and Latinx culture.

    Indian food and henna tattoos are on tap for Oct. 15. That evening, a friendly competition will highlight “Women in STEM Trivia Night.”

    Learn more about the LGBTQ community while making tie dye shirts and enjoying rainbow popsicles at “Tie-Dyeversity” Oct. 16.

    To wrap up the events on Oct. 16, Ankur Gopal, alumnus and founder of the award-winning Interapt IT services firm, will be the keynote speaker at a 5:30 p.m. buffet dinner in the Student Activities Center multipurpose room. Interapt is recognized nationwide and internationally for its unique paid IT workforce training program that focuses on serving underemployed and unemployed individuals in rural and urban areas, as well as veterans.

    “This fun week of activities at the Speed School is designed to cheer on and empower our diverse population,” said Emmanuel Collins, dean of the Speed School. A schedule of events can be found here.

    For more information, contact Jen Zoller, jen.zoller@louisville.edu, 502-852-0901.

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    Janet Cappiello covers the College of Business, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the College of Education and Human Development, the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies, Sustainability Council and military initiatives for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since March 2014.