A series of culturally diverse songs, dance, fashion, spoken word, art and music kicked off Unity Week festivities Friday, March 27 in Downs Auditorium.
The showcase events ranged from an Asian Cultural Association fashion show and Indian dance performance to a South African singing performance by the PhilaU Singers that had the crowd on its feet.
Performances included poetry readings by Alexis Carr, Topher Anderson and John Marshalek; a performance of the Black National Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing” by PhilaU alumna Lydia Scott; a demonstration of Chinese Gung Fu by Phillip Le; Argentinean Tango dance by adjunct professor Niny Roa; and a musical performance by the Philadelphia University Chamber Ensemble, in its inaugural performance on campus.
Immediately following the showcase, a reception was held in the Kanbar Campus Center Common Thread, where the exhibit, “Who Are We? The Unity Week Identity Project,” displayed works depicting the many ways in which we understand who we are. The pieces on display examine various factors that shape our identity, including gender, race, class, sexual orientation, religion, nationality and ethnicity.
Unity Week is a collaborative effort by more than 30 students, faculty and administrators to coordinate a series of performances, speakers, opportunities for dialogues, open classes, food and music.
The activities during the event celebrate and affirm the value and vitality that pluralism brings to our individual and collective experiences.
Students Misty Denham-Barrett and Jessy Edouard served as the mistress and master of ceremonies, respectively.