Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2020 marks the 40th 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.
2020 Schedule of Events
Monday, January 20
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. Annual Unity March to follow the MLK Breakfast
The march will begin at the Multicultural Center on the corner of McKinley Avenue and North Street, head north on McKinley Avenue to the Shafer Bell Tower and return south on McKinley Avenue to the Multicultural Center.
Tuesday, January 21
MLK Speaker, A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Pruis Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Dr. Beverly Tatum, president emerita of Spelman College, is a clinical psychologist widely known for both her expertise on race relations and as a thought leader in higher education. Her 13 years as the president of Spelman College (2002–2015) were marked by innovation and growth. Her visionary leadership was recognized in 2013 with the Carnegie Academic Leadership Award.
Wednesday, January 22
Reel Inclusion Film Series-A Lot Like You, AJ 175, 5:30 p.m.
The Reel Inclusion Film Series presents: A Lot Like You, this film examines the intricate fabric of multiracial identity, and grapples with the complex ties that children have to the cultures of their parents.
Queer Monologues, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.
Spectrum presents a free, theatrical performance of coming out stories. Stories will address humorous, challenging, heartbreaking, and real experiences many folx in the Queer Community face. All Welcome!
Thursday, January 23
Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center Third Floor, 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.
Unifying Through Understanding: DOMA as Gateway to the World of Art, 4:30 p.m.
The Office of Inclusive Excellence, in Partnership with The David Owsley Museum of Art (DOMA), invites you to explore the campus’ engaging art collection through a lens of diversity and inclusion. Make new friends or re-connect with others in this inspiring setting. Take a docent led tour that shares the rich diversity of cultures, perspectives, and ideas. Watch for ways that you can help choose the tour topics. Leave with ideas on new ways to connect the museum to your work, your classes, and your life.
Friday, January 24
Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 7:30 p.m.
Latinxpalooza is a long-standing and 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: Harriet. This film is a dramatization of the true story of Harriet Tubman, the American abolitionist known for her antislavery activism through the Underground Railroad. This film tells her story from how she escaped slavery and transformed into an American hero, who freed hundreds of slaves.
Saturday, January 25
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 26
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.