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International Student Association hosts annual Colors in Harmony cultural event

The International Student Association at Eastern Michigan University will be bringing back its Colors in Harmony event on Feb. 17.

Colors in Harmony is an annual cultural event aimed at highlighting diverse cultures on Eastern's campus.

The event will begin with a show in the Student Center Auditorium. Eastern students who first auditioned for the Association will perform a variety of talents for attendees, such as singing, dancing, and magic. Board members of the Association will act as emcees.

After performances conclude, the celebration will move to the Student Center Ballroom where a Unity Walk will occur. During the walk, students will showcase their traditional clothes.

"[We] basically bring everyone together, let people meet new friends. We give a way for students to show off their culture, to show off their talents, to teach each other and teach other people about their culture," Sara Herzallah, vice president of the International Student Association, said.

Although chips and water will be provided during the show, this year also includes the International Gala after the Unity Walk. Different cuisines will be served, such as Mediterranean food and South Asian food. Beverages, such as soda and tea, will also be available.

The Association decided to implement the gala this year due to increased turnout at their events.

During the previous school year, around 100 individuals would normally attend events; however, throughout this school year, the Association has seen around 230 to 240 individuals attending.

"We decided to make this bigger this year and do the gala since we saw a lot of people are enjoying our events, and a lot of people are coming ... and also to serve dinner for everyone," Herzallah said.

This year marks the 22nd year of the annual celebration, with two earlier years being missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

"It's an event where you see Eastern students' talents and as well as learn culture, but also have fun, honestly..." Herzallah said.

The event will begin in the Student Center Auditorium. Doors will open at 5 p.m., and the event will run from 5:30-8 p.m. The gala will follow, running from 8:30-11 p.m.

Tickets cost $12 each for Eastern students and $15 for non-Eastern students. They can be purchased online through the University's box office.