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    Pacific's First Multicultural Performing Arts Show to Celebrate Diversity on Campus and in Stockton

    Apr 21, 2010

    University of the Pacific students and local community groups will put on a variety of performances on Friday, April 30 to celebrate diversity both at Pacific and in Stockton. The University's first multicultural performing arts show is part of the Presidential Inaugural Event Series in honor of Pamela A. Eibeck's new presidency.

    The show, titled Colors of Rhythm & Rhyme, is from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the DeRosa University Center's Grand Ballroom. Tickets in advance are $5 for students and $8 for the general public. At the door, admission is $8 for students and $11 for the public. Tickets can be purchased at Pacific's Multicultural Center.

    The show will include eight performances that involve acting, music and dance which reflect cultural and historical aspects of various ethnic groups. The community groups performing include Los Danzantes del Puerto & Ritmos Latinos, the Stockton Powwow Committee, Pan Afrakan Dance & Music and First Baptist Christian School. The Pacific organizations performing are the Vietnamese Student Association, South Asian Student Association, Pacific Theater Arts Students and the student band Room 5 Cloud 9.

    "Colors of Rhythm & Rhyme will bring together Pacific and Stockton's numerous cultural communities onto one stage," said Serjio Acevedo, Director of Pacific's Multicultural Center. "As a multicultural performing arts show, it will symbolize our rich environment for cultural expression, opportunities for intercultural awareness and interaction, and sustained dialogue on diversity and inclusion." 

    The show serves as one of two University events dedicated to diversity on April 30. The other is a community forum on Pacific's diversity efforts. Pioneering in Diversity, Strengthening Community Symposium is from 9 a.m. to noon at Progressive Community Church, 2820 South B St., in Stockton.

    The forum, which is free and open to the public, will allow the public to learn about past Pacific diversity programs. They will also be able to share ideas on new ways Pacific can help underrepresented students get a higher education. NASA astronaut and Pacific Regent José Hernandez, a 1985 Pacific graduate, will host the forum.

    For more information, or to purchase tickets, for Colors of Rhythm & Rhyme, contact Pacific's Multicultural Center at 209.946.7707 or multiculturalcenter@pacific.edu