The Asian Cultural Society and Black Student Union hosted Fusion – Fostering Unity overnight at Zoellner Arts Center on December 3.
Fusion is an annual event showcasing the diverse cultural talents that members of the Lehigh community have to offer. The event featured cultural dance performances from student groups such as Tumbao, African Renaissance, Phi Sigma Chi Multicultural Fraternity Inc. and more. This was Fusion’s first showcase since 2019 due to the pandemic.
Salomon Zapata, ’22, member of Tumbao and Phi Sigma Chi Multicultural Fraternity Inc., said this event is a great night for students of color as people can showcase their cultures and the different dances that exist in the world.
“This clearly shows that Lehigh is heading in the right direction of diversity and several of these events will continue to support him,” Zapata said.
Audience member Amaya Foy, ’22, had the same sentiment. She said she didn’t usually see this type of performance on campus, but was glad that Fusion had given the opportunity to voice it.
“As a student of color, watching all of these cultural groups perform was really refreshing,” Foy said.
African Renaissance member Christina Enodien, 24, said she was nervous before the performance. His performance showed the different cultural dances in Africa.
She said, however, that the energy of the crowd had boosted her confidence.
“It brought me so much joy how supportive and enthusiastic the crowd was,” said Enodien.
Enodien and Zapata said hours of hard work went into making sure the performances were stage-ready. Enodien said a lot of preparation went into the costumes, the choice of music and the dance formations.
Zapata being on stage with others, finally put him at ease.
“I loved being on stage with my brothers from Phi Sigma Chi and my team (Tumbao) and just having fun there,” Zapata said. “There were nerves, but as long as we were on stage together having fun, that’s all that mattered. ”