Traveling Around the World in One Day: Greenspring Focuses on Culture and Heritage with Diversity Expo

(Springfield, Va.) - On Thursday, July 31, Greenspring hosted the 4th Annual Diversity Expo at the Springfield, Va. retirement community.  The event, spearheaded by the community's Diversity and Inclusion Committee, provided for an eclectic cultural experience with international foods, clothing, food, music and dance.  Well over 600 residents and staff visited the event throughout the day, which provided delight for all the senses!

Greenspring regularly celebrates its diverse staff and provides opportunities like the Diversity Expo to promote cultural appreciation and expression.  At the Diversity Expo, staff members shared for display and wore traditional dress representing their heritage; clothing could be seen from Sierra Leone to Japan to Mexico.  Additionally, the culinary team at Greenspring presented international foods including Chicken Mole (Mexico), Thai Basil Chicken (Thailand), and Jollof Rice with Chicken (West African/Ghana), among many other items including teas from all over the world. Greenspring welcomed performers for an African Drum and Dance Demonstration, an Attan Dance (Afghanistan), a Belly Dancing Demonstration, and a Bolivian Dance Demonstration.  Outside vendors joined for the event including Ten Thousand Villages, Maria's Collection, ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others), MVLE, and Rita's Henna.  Resident clubs at Greenspring also turned out for the expo including the Spanish Conversation club, PFLAG, the Hieroglyphic's Club, and many others. ABOUT GREENSPRING: Greenspring is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the over 1400 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.