Cultural Fusion Month Kicks Off on Tuesday, Oct. 5

Posted: September 28, 2010 at 1:02 am, Last Updated: September 27, 2010 at 4:27 pm

By Aisha Jamil

For the past two years, Cultural Fusion has been a day of fun, games and free food. It’s also a time to celebrate diversity, culture and traditions.

When it began in 2008, Cultural Fusion was a student-run field day that focused more on sports and games. In 2009, it expanded to include performances and booths where students could try on clothing from other cultures and have their photos taken.

This year, as Cultural Fusion Day turns into a month-long event, students and faculty and staff members will gather at various locations throughout the Fairfax Campus to host workshops, concerts and movies.

“In our feedback over the past two years, the responses from participants were that they enjoyed the activities, specifically, performances, sports and the table fair, and would like for it to happen more often,” says Naliyah Kaya, a graduate sociology student and program coordinator of Cultural Fusion Month.

“Therefore, this year, we chose to not only extend the event but decided that the activities should not be limited to our current offerings. We decided that it was important to add new activities that focused on additional aspects of culture, such as film, fashion and art.”

The organizers hope that students and faculty members will network in an open environment while creating and building relationships across cultures.

Following is a list of upcoming Cultural Fusion Month events:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 5, 1 to 10 p.m.: Prep session at the SUB I Patriot’s Lounge
  • Wednesday, Oct. 6 – Thursday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Cultural Fusion Fairfax 2010 kick-off at the SUB I Quad
  • Tuesday, Oct. 12 – Thursday, Oct. 14, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Photo booth and cultural runway at the SUB I Quad
  • Tuesday, Oct. 19 – Thursday, Oct. 21, various times: Film and art festival at the Johnson Center Cinema
  • Tuesday, Oct. 26, 7 to 9:30 p.m.: Dhrupad (a type of Indian music) singer performance at the Johnson Center Cinema

For more information and a complete calendar, go to or contact Naliyah Kaya at

Sponsors for Cultural Fusion Month are: Center for African and African American Studies, Center for Leadership and Community Engagement, Circle K International, Coca Cola, Department of Communication, Division of University Life, Indian Graduate Students Association, Mason Dining–Sodexo, New Century College, Office of Diversity Programs and Services, Office of Student Involvement–Social Programming Fund, Office of the Provost, Prince William University Life and Tau Delta Phi.

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