By Ball State Marketing & Communications—
MUNCIE, Ind.—The Ball State University Multicultural Center has announced the schedule of events for Unity Week 2022, which begins Jan. 17, the official holiday celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Unity Week is a popular on-campus celebration dedicated to uniting the Ball State community through enlightening social, cultural, and educational events. All events are free and open to students, faculty, staff, community members and members of the media.
“Unity Week aims to educate and inform the BSU community as well as challenge perspectives on issues of diversity, inclusion and solidarity in a changing social climate,” said Bobby Steele, Director of the Multicultural Center. “We want to offer students, faculty, staff and community members the opportunity to learn, reflect and engage in open dialogue about their experiences.”
One of the highlights of Unity Week 2022 will be featured speaker Brandon Pope, award-winning TV host, media critic and columnist. Mr. Pope, a 2014 Ball State graduate, is president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists. He served as a board member of My Brother’s Keeper, which is dedicated to filling the opportunity gap for youth of color in the Greater Chicago Area. He will be The event featuring Mr. Pope is co-sponsored by the University’s Multicultural Centre, College of Communication, Information and Media; and the Office of Student Life.
Another highlight of the upcoming Unit Week is the experience-based “Boxes and Walls” event at 6 p.m. on January 20 in the Student Center Ballroom. This event offers the opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression faced by people with historically marginalized identities. Participants will take self-guided tours through the spaces to view and learn about gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities, religions, and more. At the end of the visit, participants can engage with others to report on their experiences at the event. “Boxes and Walls” will be hosted by the Life Habitation and Residence of the University.
The full Unity Week 2022 event schedule is as follows:
monday january 17
- MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.
- MLK Unity March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.
tuesday january 18
- MLK speaker, Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7 p.m. (This in-person event will also be streamed live.)
Wednesday January 19
- Student Volunteer Services (SVS) Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Student Center Cardinal Hall, 9 a.m.
- Queer Monologues, Pruis Hall, 8 p.m.
Thursday January 20
- Diversity and Inclusion Ambassadors: A Historical Overview of the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Center Multipurpose Room, 2 p.m.
- Boxes and Walls, Student Center Ballroom, 6 p.m.
Friday January 21
- Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 6 p.m.
- Friday Night Film Works & Reel Inclusion Film Series – Black Boys, available for virtual viewing via Kanopy.
saturday 22 january
- Charitable Leadership Lecture, Student Center Ballroom, 9 a.m.
Full event details can be found online at the Multicultural Center’s Unity Week 2022 website. In accordance with campus COVID-19 restrictions, masks will be required indoors for all event attendees, guests and members of the media, regardless of their vaccination status.
Unity Week, coordinated annually by the Multicultural Center with the cooperation of campus partners and student organizations, dates back to 1978. Learn more about the history of this event, as well as the history of the Center multicultural, thanks to the new online digital exhibition, The Ball State University Multicultural Center: Ambassadors of Inclusion and Diversity on Campus.
Visitors can explore written accounts, historical photographs, news articles, videos, and other materials that showcase the people, resources, programs, events, decisions, ideas, and initiatives that shaped the enduring success of the Multicultural Centre.
“This knowledge helps shape our understanding of the challenges, progress and ongoing efforts needed for diversity and inclusion,” Mr. Steele said. “The story is relevant to the future of the Multicultural Center as it strives to be a place where students can continue to feel supported and included in a welcoming environment that promotes academic achievement, personal growth and learning. membership.”
Unity Week 2022 is co-sponsored by the Ball State University Asian Student Union; Association of Black Students; College of Communication, Information and Media; Collective Coalition of Concerned Clergy, a community organization in Muncie; plus Ball State housing and residence living; Latinx Student Union; Office of the President; Office of Student Life; Spectrum; Student Center Programs; and university libraries.
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