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Cadet 2nd Class Ian Sweeney (center) participates in a Sri Ganesh Chaturthi at the Air Force Academy Cadet Chapel Sept. 21, 2012. Sweeney is assigned to Cadet Squadron 18. Also pictured are Mythili Bachu (left), chairperson of the Council of Hindu Temples of North America and president of the United Hindu Jain Temples of Washington, D.C., and Srinivasacharya Gudimella (right), a priest with the Sri Venkateswara Temple of Colorado in Castle Rock, Colo. The ceremony is held to honor the birthday of Ganesha, one of the major gods of the Hindu pantheon. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Cadets observe Hindu religious holiday
A group of 10 cadets and 20 other guests attended a Hindu service in the Cadet Chapel's multipurpose room Sept. 21 to honor one of the major gods of the Hindu pantheon, marking the first Hindu service in the Cadet Chapel in recent memory.The Academy chaplain's office provided support for the event, which was led by Hindu priests with the Sri
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A mariachi band plays at a Hispanic Heritage Month luncheon at the Air Force Academy Sept. 15, 2011. The 2012 Hispanic Heritage Month lucheon is scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 27 in the Arnold Hall Ballroom. Tickets cost $10 and must be purchased by Sept. 24. Academy to observe Hispanic Heritage Month
Hispanic Heritage Month is more than a cause for celebration; it is an opportunity to grow.The theme of this month's cultural observance is "Diversity United - Building America's Future Today," and the members of Hispanic Heritage committee have invited everyone to partake in the events."We want cadets, who graduate as leaders of character, to be
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Master Sgt. Kelly Links introduces panelists at a Women's Equality Day luncheon at the Air Force Academy Aug. 27, 2012. Panelists were Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), League of Women Voters President Catherine Perrone and RBI Strategies and Research co-founder Rick Ridder. Other guests of note included Rep. Janak Joshi (R-Colorado Springs) and Lynn Gangone, dean of the University of Denver Women's College. Links is a dental technician with the Academy's 10th Dental Squadron. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Academy holds panel honoring women's suffrage
A Colorado state representative, the state's League of Women Voters president and the co-founder of a political polling firm came to the Air Force Academy on Monday to discuss the importance of women's suffrage and the need for informed voters as election season approaches.The panel, comprising Colorado Rep. Crisanta Duran (D-Denver), Catherine
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The Air Force Manpower Agency recently completed an Air Force Academy climate survey for all cadets and permanent party at the Air Force Academy.While participation numbers for this survey were lower than in years past, Academy leadership will use the results with other surveys and performance data to capture a realistic view of the Academy's
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Tina Erzen and Col. Andy Szmerekovsky conduct a short mentoring session during a class on mentoring at the Air Force Academy Aug. 6.  (U.S. Air Force Photo/Don Branum) Mentoring program aims to encourage diversity
Twenty-six Academy employees attended a coach mentoring core course on Monday as part of the 2012 Academy Mentoring Program to achieve personal and professional growth, network across the Academy and exchange knowledge and expertise with others.Faculty and staff consisting of civilians, officers and enlisted individuals participated in interactive
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Eleven cadets, shown in this group photo taken April 24, 2012, were recently selected for the Air Force Academy's inaugural Ambassadors of Inclusion program, which will give the cadets experience working for private companies around the world. The program aims to provide cadets with cultural adaptation and self-awareness skills as well as fundamental leadership competencies. (U.S. Air Force photo/Mike Kaplan) Ambassadors, leaders: 11 cadets chosen for new diversity initiative
Academy cadets will experience national and organizational diversity in an authentic way this summer.Eleven cadets will travel to six different countries with the new Ambassadors of Inclusion program and work for top organizations, to learn cultural adaptation, self-awareness and fundamental competencies to prepare them for their careers in the Air
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Khen Rinpoche Geshe Kachen Lobzang Tsetan speaks at a discussion on generosity and Buddhism in Arnold Hall April 16, 2012. Tsetan, a native of Ladakh, India, is the head abbott of the Tashi Lumpo Monastery in India and founder of the Siddartha School, which provides education in science, languages and Tibetan Buddhism to children in India's Himalayan area. (U.S. Air Force photo/Don Branum) Visiting monk speaks about generosity of wealth, spirit
A Tibetan Buddhist monk visiting from India spoke to an audience of about 75 people in Arnold Hall here Monday on an invitation by the Academy's Cadet Interfaith Council.The presentation was part of a continuing program set up by the Cadet Interfaith Council and Academy chaplains to give cadets chances to learn and grow from regular interactions
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Master Sgt. Tiffany Smith, center, shares an idea with others in her roundtable discussion during an Air Force Academy women's mentoring initiative meeting at the Academy's Milazzo Center Nov. 30, 2011. Smith is superintendent of the Manpower and Personnel Directorate's Command Personnel Division. (U.S. Air Force photo/Elizabeth Andrews) Academy builds vision for women's mentoring
Women across the Air Force Academy joined forces at the Milazzo Center Nov. 29 to develop a vision for a women's mentoring program based loosely on an existing program in Colorado Springs.The purpose of the two-hour meeting was to present ideas on how a women's mentoring program could best meet the needs of the Academy's community, said Dr. Adis
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(U.S. Air Force graphic) AF leaders issue letter to Airmen on diversity
Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley, Chief of Staff Gen. Norton Schwartz and Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Roy issued a letter to Airmen Oct. 14 regarding the importance of diversity in today's Air Force.Air Force Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould encouraged the Academy's faculty and staff Nov. 1 to read the letter, which
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A panel comprising the Air Force Academy's senior chaplain, the chief diversity officer, an attorney with the judge advocate office and a professor in the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department spoke about the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell and its effects on the Air Force Academy in early October. (U.S. Air Force image/Don Branum) Academy experts discuss effects of DADT repeal
A panel of experts at the Air Force Academy held a lunchtime question-and-answer session in early October to discuss the ramifications of repealing "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" for the Academy and the greater Air Force.On the panel were Chief Diversity Officer Dr. Adis Vila, Academy Chaplain (Col.) Robert Bruno, judge advocate officer Lt. Col. Karen
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