The exhibits from the UNC Asheville Center for Diversity Education are known for telling the diverse stories of Western North Carolinians throughout history. These exhibits were largely based on the research of students at UNC Asheville using the methodology of Facing History and Ourselves. Through the use of primary and secondary source materials, including first-person stories from local citizens, our exhibits amplify the emotional impact of world events and strengthen students’ understanding of history. The exhibits were a great way to start a conversation in schools, community organizations, and businesses and were created to complement the North Carolina Essential and Standard Course of Study and to the benefit of citizens of all ages. This is a digital archive of CDE exhibits and educator resources, but may not be available currently as a physical resource for check out. Visit our ‘Available Resources’ page to find exhibits that are still in circulation.
This exhibit features early educational access for African Americans and the Rosenwald Foundation’s influence in establishing these schools in Mississippi.
This exhibit provides a glimpse into the varied and important stories of Western North Carolina’s Latino immigrant population.
This exhibit features photos and interviews with twelve local citizens whose lives have been affected by disability in some way, including personal, family, and professional experiences. The exhibit was developed through UNC Asheville undergraduate student research and addresses a variety of issues associated with disability, such as Universal Design, adaptive technologies, access, and respect.
This exhibit explores the continuum of interactions from targets, bullies, bystanders, and upstanders. The experience does not end in childhood, but is repeated in the workplace, neighborhoods and the politics of the world stage.
This exhibit looks at the actions of individuals and institutions and the role they played in the integration of the community from the early 1950’s to the turn of the century. In particular, the exhibit features the activities of the Asheville Student Committee on Racial Equality (ASCORE) who worked to desegregate Asheville from 1960-1965.
This exhibit shares the words of wisdom from local entrepreneurs. Diverse business people share their perspectives on our changing economy, our relationships with countries around the world, and our ways of educating for success in this 21st century.
This document shares the experiences of residents of WNC who are personally connected to the Shoah (Hebrew word for the Holocaust). Their stories create a timeline from the beginning of the Holocaust in the early 1930s to the impact survivors and their families continue to face.
This document centers LGBT voices in WNC through interviews and pictures in various aspects of daily life to help define ‘family.’
This exhibit shares the stories of immigrants who began moving to WNC in the early 1800s through the present. The focus of “Coming to the Mountains” is on the businesses, both historic and contemporary, that immigrants to our community have established.
This exhibit shows the historical context of Latinx migration in its influence on WNC in the early 2000s and provided a space to showcase the Latinx diaspora that existed, and continues to exist, in Asheville.
This document demonstrates the various ways people complete religious pilgrimages, including Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism and Shinto, Islam, and other holy sites in Israel.
This exhibit gives local history and can be split between 1850-1900 and 1900-1950. The research for this exhibit was conducted by students from AC Reynolds, Asheville, and Roberson High Schools under the leadership of the Center and local educator, Tori Leslie.
This exhibit is based on interviews from over 75 local veterans and civilians and presents the issues of diversity that were central to World War II, including the Holocaust, the internment of the Japanese, the changing role of women, the segregated army, and much more.
This document offers various cultural ways groups of people give gratitude including Cherokee Fall Festival, the Harvest Festivals of West Africa, and Pongal.
This document offers an introduction to various religious holidays with its connection to NC Standard Course of Study. For reference only as many links are no longer active and the NCSCoS has newer standards as of 2021.
This document explores the Lunar New Year celebrations among Asian countries and their influences upon each other.
This document offers suggested strategies when introducing slave deeds as primary sources in a classroom or professional development.
This small laminated poster set comes with an educator guide that centers the harmful depiction of Native Americans as mascots.