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Participate in Unity Week 2014!

Contributed by: Barry Hawkins
Published: Friday, 17 January 2014 12:00 PM
You are invited to participate in Unity Week 2014, January 20th - January 25th. This year's theme is MOSAIC: Connecting the Pieces and marks the 34th annual Unity Week at Ball State University. Unity Week is planned by student organization leaders and professional staff from across the university. Since 1980, Unity Week remains dedicated to unifying the Ball State community through enlightening social, cultural and educational events. All events are FREE and open to Ball Sate students, faculty, staff and community members!


Monday, January 20th

1. MLK Community Breakfast, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., Student Center, Cardinal Hall

2. MLK Unity March, 4:00 p.m., Multicultural Center

3. MLK National Day of Service, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Volunteers must register with Student Voluntary Services by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17, 2014 to select preferred service site.

Tuesday, January 21st

1. "I Stand For." Wall & "I am." Photo Shoot, 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Student Center, Tally

Participants will take creative photos with their completed "I Am" statement. Photos will be shown during the Latinopalooza and Unity Week Diversity Symposium, along with the comments written on the "I Stand For" Wall.

2. Minority Workshop, 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., Student Center, Cardinal Hall B & C
Participants will go through simulation activities related to the experiences of various cultural and identity groups.

3. MLK Speaker: Coach Ken Carter - "Use Your Passion to Succeed," 7:30 p.m., Pruis Hall
Ken Carter is a coach, author, educator and inspiration for the movie Coach Carter which recounts Carter's decision to literally lock his undefeated, state play-off bound basketball team out of the gym and force them to hit the books. Carter is the founder and chairman of the Coach Ken Carter Foundation, a non-profit that promotes and provides education, training and mentoring programs for minority youth. He also founded the Coach Carter Impact Academy, designed to enable disadvantaged youth to reach their full academic and life potential.

Wednesday, January 22nd

1. Tunnel of Oppression, 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Student Center, Ballroom
Participants will engage in an interactive exhibit that highlights contemporary issues of oppression.

Thursday, January 23rd

1. Mural Painting , 9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m., Arts and Journalism Building, Atrium
Members of the Ball State community will have the opportunity to collaboratively paint a 4' x 8' mural of Ball State's institutional icon Beneficence, affectionately called "Benny." The mural will be later displayed in the Student Center Art Gallery.

Friday, January 24th

1. Latinopalooza, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Pruis Hall
The Latino Student Union will sponsor a talent showcase of Ball State students, faculty and staff.

2. Friday Night Filmworks: The Butler, 9:00 p.m., Pruis Hall
The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man's life and family.

Saturday, January 25th

1. Unity Week Diversity Symposium, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Student Center
Attendees will attend workshop sessions related to diversity and presented by faculty, staff and students of Ball State University. The keynote speakers are Melinda Messineo, Chairperson of the Department of Sociology/Associate Professor of Sociology, and Ro-Anne Royer Engle, Director of the Multicultural Center.

2. Unity Scholarship Pageant - CANCELED

Unity Week Sponsors: Office of Student Life, Multicultural Center, Office of the President, Student Voluntary Services, Housing and Residence Life, Counseling Center, Office of Institutional Diversity, Martin Luther King, Jr. Planning Committee, Residence Hall Association, Latino Student Union, Spectrum, Black Student Association, Asian American Student Association, University Program Board, Today's Black Women, Alpha Phi Omega, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Student Chapter and Student Government Association.

For more information, email Barry Hawkins or call the Office of Student Life, (765) 285-2621.