Bright smiles and cheerful laughter could be heard and seen from across the way at Fresno State’s Satellite Student Union on March 9th. Various K-12 students, that are Deaf or hard of hearing, were on hand for the 15th annual Celebration of Diversity event, which is hosted annually by the American Sign Language (ASL) Club and the Department of Communicative Disorders and Deaf Studies (CDDS), in partnership with the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Service Center of Fresno.

ASL Club President, Salvador Garcia, said events like this give students and the community a chance to interact and get together for one day and be exposed to sign language and deaf culture.

Students came from across Fresno Unified School District and were treated to a morning of fun activities, including dancing and entertainment. They even got the chance to showcase their creative works, both in art and academics. ASL members, students and volunteers also hosted a number of fun and educational booths for participants. Judging by the many smiles on hand, it looks like the students had a wonderful time!

View photos from the event below and don’t forget to check out CDDS on facebook for even more photos.

Photos by Cary Edmondson.