Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2022 marks the 42nd 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.

Unity Week 2022 Schedule of Events

Monday, January 17, 2022

MLK Celebration, Emens Auditorium, 9:30 a.m.

Annual MLK Celebration hosted by Muncie Community and Ball State University to commemorate and celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Unity March, Emens Auditorium, 11:30 a.m.

Meet outside of Emens for the annual Unity March to follow the MLK Celebration.

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

MLK Speaker, Brandon Pope, Pruis Hall, 7:00 p.m.

Brandon Pope is an award winning, and Emmy nominated television host, media critic and columnist, with work featured at CW26 Chicago, WGN Radio, Ebony Magazine, Medium and the Chicago Sun-Times. Brandon is the president of the Chicago chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists, where he focuses on shepherding in the next generation of journalists. Brandon's mentorship experience also includes serving as a board member for the Obama Foundation’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative, dedicated to closing opportunity gaps for kids of color in the Greater Chicago area. His work has taken him all around the country and beyond the States, covering the 2012 and 2016 Presidential Elections, 2012 London Summer Olympics, Indy 500, college football, PGA tour as well as the NFL and NBA playoffs. Outside his career, Brandon also appears on podcasts and radio programs to discuss topics ranging from current events to 'The Bachelor.'' Brandon is a proud 2014 Ball State University graduate and serves on the journalism alumni board. 

Click here for a live stream of the speaker.

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

SVS Volunteer Recruitment Fair, Student Center Cardinal Hall, 9:00 a.m.

Student Voluntary Services (SVS) is excited to host their semi-annual Volunteer Recruitment Fair again this spring. Over 30 local non-profit agencies will join us on-campus and via Zoom to share information about their volunteer opportunities with students.

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 folx in the Queer Community face. All Welcome!

Thursday, January 20, 2022

Asian Student Union Tabling, Student Center Tally, 12:00 p.m.

Come check out the Asian Student Union (ASU) for activities highlighting specific aspects of their culture and will be sharing information about upcoming Unity Week events.

Ambassadors of Diversity and Inclusion: A Historical Overview of the Multicultural Center, Multicultural Center MPR, 2:00 p.m.

Ball State University Archives and Special Collections is pleased to present Ambassadors of Diversity and Inclusion: A Historical Overview of the Multicultural Center.  Join us as we cover the history of the Multicultural Center from its origins to present day, highlighting significant milestones and achievements of the Center.  In addition to introducing our new digital exhibit The Ball State University Multicultural Center:  Ambassadors of Campus Inclusion and Diversity, we will provide attendees the opportunity to engage with historical objects from the Archives. 

Boxes and Walls, Student Center Ballroom 6:00 p.m.

Boxes and Walls 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. Students, Faculty, and Staff will have the chance to talk a self-guided tour through the spaces to visualize and learn about gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, disabilities, religions, and more. Upon completion of the tour, you will engage with fellow students to debrief about what you experienced at Boxes and Walls.


Friday, January 21, 2022

Latinxpalooza, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 6:00 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 & Reel Inclusion Film Series – Black Boys, available for virtual viewing via Kanopy

Black Boys illuminates the spectrum of black male humanity in America. An intimate, inter-generational exploration, Black Boys strives for insight to black identity and opportunity at the nexus of sports, education, and criminal justice.


Saturday, January 22, 2022

Beneficence Leadership Conference, Student Center Ballroom, 9:00 a.m.

The fourth annual Beneficence Leadership Conference offers students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to learn with and from each other. The Conference will be held on Saturday, January 22nd in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. This is a free, open-access opportunity that is hosted by the Office of Student Life in collaboration with the Multicultural Center and Housing & Residence Life. Attendees can RSVP to the Beneficence Leadership Conference on BennyLink by Friday, January 14th.

Unify the 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!

MLK Essay Contest

As part of our celebration for the 42nd Unity Week at Ball State University, the Multicultural Center is sponsoring the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. essay writing contest. This contest calls for papers from Ball State students that describe the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. These essays will examine Dr. King’s life of social activism and intellectual work as it relates to the challenge of racial reconciliation in our currently divided nation. Students will be asked to complete and upload a 500-700 words double spaced essay that exemplifies the ideals of social justice espoused by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The three winners will be awarded cash prizes starting at $250 for first place.

 

Submissions are due Monday, January 24th at 11:59 p.m.
Click here to submit your essay.