SOMC Honors Diversity through Week-Long Celebration

Employees and community members are invited to join Southern Ohio Medical Center as they honor multiculturalism and the many achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during a week-long Diversity Celebration Jan. 16 – 20. The activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day in the cafeteria on the SOMC Main Campus, 1805 27th Street, Portsmouth.

“We always work to create a program that celebrates and strengthens the ideals set forth by Dr. King,” Deanne Malone, member of the SOMC MLK Committee, said. “Last year’s event was very well received, so this year we’ve planned to once again spotlight the history of the cultures that make up our very own community and SOMC family.”

Malone explained that as part of the celebration, attendees who dine in the cafeteria during the week will have the opportunity to sample and purchase food from a variety of cultures found in our local area, including Greece, Italy, Spain, Mexico, and the Middle East. Diners also will be invited to showcase their heritage through a hands-on activity featuring maps of the local region, country and world.

“Our goal is to create a visual of the diversity that makes up our workforce and community, giving us a tangible representation of how global we truly are,” Malone said.

Other opportunities to gain education about the customs, traditions and history of local cultures also will be available throughout the week and a prize drawing will take place Jan. 16.

“Our committee is honored to once again provide this type of educational service to our employees, patients and visitors and we hope our efforts will help improve the cultural understanding of our community,” she added. “The words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. grow in meaning every year and we hope our celebration will do his message justice.”

For more information about the celebration, or for volunteer opportunities, please contact Deanne Malone at 740-356-8597.