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April 11, 2006
DH 06 RH30
Contact: Russ Hudson,
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Music, Food, Theatre, and Blessings Mark Celebration of Diversity at CSU
Dominguez Hills’ 2006 Unity Fest
April 20 and 22
Special activities arranged for hundreds of children invited to the
Carson, CA— The rich cultural, ethnic, religious, and international diversity on the campus and in the community will be celebrated with a two-day arts and culture festival open to everyone from noon to 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 20 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 on the California State University, Dominguez Hills campus.
Hundreds of students from dozens of middle and elementary schools as far away as Pasadena and Alta Dena have been invited to the festival. They will be treated to special performances and workshops by the University’s Teatro Domingo theatre group and the University’s Dance Department, a tour of the campus, and a Native American blessing.
The multicultural celebration is to bring people together in a spirit of community. Each year the festival features live performances by dancers, musicians, story tellers, and many other artists, as well as carnival games, vendors with wares from many cultures, community organizations and services, an array of international foods, and the popular children’s arts and crafts village, which provides art projects, story telling, face painting, cartoons, and train rides.
Among the entertainers will be the performers from the Mariachi Academy of Carson, the reggae band Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds, traditional American Indian dancers, the female hip-hop performers Medusa, Polynesian dancers, the calipson band Dano’s Island Sound, the Latino rock band Quetzal, and the Latino spoken-word band Domingo Siete.
There will also be information on the university, it’s programs and services on campus and in the community, online and in-class educational opportunities, and student housing.
CSU Dominguez Hills, which is situated in one of the most diverse areas in the United States, is uniquely qualified to offer such a festival. It has been ranked as the second most diverse university in the West and one of the most diverse in the United States. That diversity includes ethnically, culturally, socio-economically, educationally, and age range. The campus includes the Multicultural Center, the Center for Cultural Diversity and Internationalization, a Women’s Center, Women’s Studies, Asian Pacific Studies, Africana Studies, Chicana/Chicano Studies, the California African American Political and Economic Institute, Espiritu de Nuestro Futuro, the secretariat of the Pacific Coast Council on Latin American Studies, a special-education center, and many others.
Admission is free to all on both days, and parking is free on Saturday. On Thursday, on-campus parking is $3. Parking permits are available from the yellow dispensing machines at the perimeters of parking lots.
The event will be held in the University Sculpture Garden, which is accessible from the Tamcliff Street-Toro Center Drive entrance from East Victoria Street. CSUDH is at 1000 East Victoria Street, off Avalon Boulevard between the 91 and 405 freeways.
For more information, call (310) 243-2519.
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University Communications & Public Affairs
Welch Hall, B-363