Students holding signs

Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2021 marks the 41st 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 2021 Schedule of Events

Monday, February 1, 2021
Cooking Live with AASA, Instagram Live @ballstateasu, 5:00 p.m.

Celebrating Black Poetry with E. Ethelbert Miller, 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021
MLK Speaker, A Conversation with Cheryl Brown Henderson, 7:00 p.m.
A Conversation with Cheryl Brown Henderson: If you missed the speaking event Watch Here!

Wednesday, February 3, 2021
Reel Inclusion screening of Living Thinkers, 5:30 p.m.

Queer Monologues, 7:00 p.m.
Spectrum presents a theatrical performance of coming out stories. Stories will address humorous, challenging, heartbreaking, and real experiences many people in the Queer Community face.

Thursday, February 4, 2021
University Program Board, "Dare to Speak" conversation, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center Art Gallery, 2:00-8:00 p.m., Debrief 8:00 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.

Racial Trauma and White Fragility
Hosted by the Student Antiracism and Intersectionality Advisory Council, the Counseling Center’s Diversity Team, and Drs. Gabriel Tait and Emily Ruth Rutter.

Friday, February 5, 2021
Latinxpalooza, Student Center Ballroom, 7:30 p.m.
Latinxpalooza is an annual non-competitive talent showcase hosted by the Latinx Student Union. Come to see the variety of talents.

Friday Night Film Works – Just Mercy
Join the University Program Board as we watch world-renowned civil rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson work to free a wrongly condemned death row prisoner in Just Mercy, available for streaming Friday through Saturday (5th-6th). 

Saturday, February 6, 2021
Late Nite CommUNITY, 9:00 p.m.
Late Nite @ Ball State offers a series of high-energy events which provide quality entertainment for Ball State University students.

Sunday, February 7, 2021
Meet the Unity Pageant Participants, Instagram Live @ballstate_bsa, 7:00 p.m.
The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968. 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.