You are invited to participate in Unity Week 2017! This year's Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2017 marks the 37th 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 Ball State students, faculty, staff and community members! 

Unity Week of Events-January 16-21, 2017.

Monday, January 16th

MLK Community Breakfast, Student Center, Cardinal Hall, 9:00am-10:30am

Keynote Speaker- Dr. Ruby Cain, Assistant Professor Advisor of Adult and Community Education at Ball State University                              

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, 11:00am-12:00pm

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 17th

MLK Speaker, Kevin Powell: "Looking for Martin: Dr. King, Community, Civil Rights, Social Media and the New Activism"

Pruis Hall, 7:30pm-8:30pm

Kevin Powell is one of the most acclaimed political, cultural, literary and hip-hop voices in America today. Powell is the author of 12 books, including his newest title, The Education of Kevin Powell: A Boy's Journey into Manhood. It is a critically acclaimed and brutally honest memoir about his life, including his youth. His writings have appeared in CNN.com, Esquire, Ebony, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone, The Guardian, The Utne Reader, ESPN.com and Vibe, where he worked for many years as a senior writer, interviewing such diverse public figures as Tupac Shakur and General Colin Powell.

Wednesday, January 18th

Film: Loving, Pruis Hall, 7:00pm-9:15pm

From acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols, Loving celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of an interracial couple, Richard and Mildred Loving (portrayed by Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga), who married and then spent the next nine years fighting for the right to live as a family in their hometown. Their civil rights case, Loving v. Virginia, went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry - and their love story has become an inspiration to couples ever since.

Thursday, January 19th

Tunnel of Oppression, Student Center, Ballroom, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Tunnel of Oppression is an opportunity for you to experience surrounding oppression first-hand.  Tour through the Student Center Ballroom through seven unique, interactive booths designed to help students stop and observe the simulation of some form of contemporary oppression.

Friday, January 20th

Latinopalooza, Student Center, Ballroom, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Latinopalooza is an annual non-competitive talent show for the Ball State community. See a variety of talents that range from dancing, singing, and much more. Come on out to the biggest talent show in Ball State to see the many talents available.

Saturday, January 21st

Unity Connections Conference, Student Center, 8:30am-2:30pm

The Unity Connections Conference (formerly known as the Unity Week Diversity Symposium) will take place on January 21, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the L.A. Pittenger Student Center. The goals of this year’s conference are to help participants: (1) Construct meaning from ideas and concepts related to diversity and inclusion; (2) Explore unique human experiences that make up the lives of everyone; (3) Understand the intersection of socially and culturally constructed identities based on race, ethnicity, gender/gender expression, sexuality, class, age, ability, and religion; and (4) Develop ways to build an inclusive community at Ball State University.

The conference will feature discussion, facilitation, lectures, and a keynote address. There will also be several program sessions related to diversity and presented by undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty and staff of Ball State University.

Unity Pageant, Pruis Hall, 6:30pm-8:30pm,

The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968 and is sponsored by the Black Student Association. The pageant strives to promote unity and hosts over 400 people annually as the Mr. or Miss Unity are crowned.