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The Seventh Annual Tom Tom Founders Festival is a week-long celebration of innovators, visionaries, and artists who are shaping small cities. The Festival occurs at dozens of venues throughout downtown Charlottesville. 

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Saturday, April 14 • 10:00am - 3:00pm
Partner Event: We Are Here Diversity Festival Now Open

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A show of community solidarity and a celebration of local diversity through art, activism and engagement: come see live dancing from a variety of cultures, hear poetry performed in many languages, donate to local non-profits, experience Google Earth Virtual Reality, contribute to a community mural designed by local high school students, and listen to Khizr Khan and Susan Bro deliver keynote speeches on diversity in Charlottesville.

10:00-10:05 am – Introductory remarks (Vanessa Braganza, We Are Here)
10:05-10:50 am – Zumba Baileton (with Dr. Max Luna and the Latino Health Initiative)
11:00-11:05 am – FLASH TALK: The Women’s Initiative
11:10-11:15 am – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 1, with Prof. Esther
11:20 – 11:25 am – FLASH TALK: The International Rescue Committee
11:30-11:45 am – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 2, with Prof. Esther
11:50-11:55 am – FLASH TALK: Sin Barreras (Without Barriers)
12:00-12:15 pm – UVA Students’ Multilingual Poetry Reading (Part 3, with Prof. Esther
12:20-12:25 pm – FLASH TALK: The Adult Learning Center
12:30-12:35 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Women in Math and Science
12:40-12:45 pm – FLASH TALK: NAACP
12:05-1:05 pm – UVA Taekwondo Club demo performance
1:15-1:20 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Side By Side Peer Support Group
1:25-1:45 pm – We the People music video screening and discussion (Stephan Said and
Charlottesville High School students)
1:50-1:55 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Muslim Students Association
2:00-2:05 pm – FLASH TALK: UVA Queer Student Union
2:15-2:35 pm – Keynote address: Susan Bro
2:40-3:00 pm – Keynote address: Khizr Khan

Featured Activities (10 am – 3 pm)

 Contribute to a community mural: Planned and designed by Charlottesville High School
art students, in collaboration with muralist Chicho Lorenzo

 Google Earth Virtual Reality: Sign up for the ultimate virtual reality experience and
travel anywhere in the world; provided by Jeff Dobrow and Flowlab.

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Vanessa Braganza

Founder, We Are Here
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Khizr Khan

Khzir Khan was born in 1950, the eldest of ten children, in rural Pakistan. He moved to the United States with his wife Ghazala, in 1980. The couple became American citizens and raised their three sons in Silver Spring, Maryland. Their middle son, U.S. army captain Humayun Khan, a... Read More →

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Office for Diversity and Equity

The Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity assists and monitors all units of the University in their efforts to recruit and retain faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups and to provide affirmative and supportive environments... Read More →

Saturday April 14, 2018 10:00am - 3:00pm EDT
IX Art Park
  Government & Society, Festival (FREE)
  • Festival (FREE), Included in Summit Badge, or Individually Ticketed Festival (FREE)