Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2019 marks the 39th annual Unity Week celebration at Ball State University.
The week of events 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 students, faculty, staff, and community members.
2019 Schedule of Events
Monday, January 21
MLK Community Breakfast, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 9:00 a.m.
Annual Community Breakfast hosted by Muncie Community and Ball State University to commemorate and celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.
MLK Unity March, Multicultural Center, 11:00 a.m.
The Annual Unity March follows the MLK Breakfast and begins at the Multicultural Center on the corner of McKinley Avenue and North Street. The march heads north on McKinley Avenue to the Shafer Bell Tower and returns south on McKinley Avenue to the Multicultural Center.
Tuesday, January 22
MLK Speaker, Dr. Michael Eric Dyson: Dr. King for the 21st Century, Pruis Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is a Georgetown University sociology professor, a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world class intellectual, noted author of 19 books, prominent leader and national media fixture testify to his extraordinary talent. Dr. Dyson has won many prestigious honors, including an American Book Award and two NAACP Image Awards. Ebony magazine cited him as one of the 100 most influential African Americans, and as one of the 150 most powerful blacks in the nation.
Dyson's legendary ascent – from welfare father to Princeton Ph.D., from church pastor to college professor, from a factory worker who didn’t start college until he was 21 -- may help explain why writer Naomi Wolf terms him “the ideal public intellectual of our time.
Wednesday, January 23
Queer Monologues, Pruis Hall, 8:00 p.m.
Spectrum presents a free, theatrical performance of coming out stories. Stories will address humorous, challenging, heartbreaking, and real experiences many folks in the Queer Community face.
Thursday, January 24
Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center Ballroom, 6:00 p.m.
Tunnel of Oppression is an opportunity for individuals to experience a snapshot of the kind of oppression that people with historically marginalized identities may experience on a daily basis. Though this is a guided tour, students, faculty, and staff members will have the opportunity to explore a variety of unique and interactive booths designed to help people observe a simulation of oppression. Those who complete the simulation will have the opportunity to debrief about their experience. This is designed to help people explore empathy and understanding as it pertains to all forms of oppression. If we don’t know what it looks like or how it impacts people, we won’t know how to stop it.
Friday, January 25
Latinxpalooza, Schmidt/Wilson, 6:00 p.m.
Annual non-competitive talent showcase hosted by the Latinx Student Union. Come for the variety of talents—dancing, singing, and more. Stay for the cultural and community appreciation!
Friday Night Film Works, Pruis Hall, 9:00 p.m.
University Program Board’s Friday Night Filmworks presents: BlacKkKlansman, Directed by Spike Lee. This film is a dramatization of the true story of Ron Stallworth, the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department in which he sets out on a mission to expose the Ku Klux Klan. This unforgettable film is produced by the same team as “Get Out”.
Saturday, January 26
Beneficence Leadership Conference, Pruis Hall, 9:00 a.m.
The Beneficence Leadership Conference is an opportunity for Ball State students to attend interactive faculty, staff, student, and community member presentations as well as a professional keynote speaker.
March on Late Nite, Student Center, 9:00 p.m.
Late Nite @ Ball State offers a series of high-energy events which provide quality entertainment for Ball State University students every Saturday night. Late Nite events are hosted by students, for students and always include great food, awesome activities, and tons of fun!
Sunday, January 27
Unity Pageant, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968. Completely student run, this event is presented by the Black Student Association. The pageant strives to promote unity and hosts over 400 people annually as the Mr/Miss/Mx Unity are crowned.