Unity March

You are invited to participate in Unity Week 2018 (Jan. 15-21)! This year's Unity Week aims to challenge perspectives on matters of diversity, inclusivity and solidarity in an evolving social climate. Unity Week 2018 marks the 38th 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!

Monday, Jan. 15

Unity BreakfastMLK Community Breakfast

9 a.m.   |   Student Center, Cardinal Hall

The Annual Community Breakfast hosted by Muncie Community and Ball State University commemorates and celebrates the life and contributions of Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Unity March

11 a.m.-noon   |   Multicultural Center

The Annual Unity March follows 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, Jan. 16

MLK Speaker, Jasmine Rand: Modern Civil Rights Movement

7:30 p.m.   |   Pruis Hall

Jasmine Rand is not only a professor, national legal analyst, international legal consultant, lecturer, columnist and civil rights leader, she is also the founding attorney of RAND LAW LLC, a Miami-based civil litigation firm. Rand is probably best known as the attorney of the Trayvon Martin family and from her countless appearances in the media concerning this world-famous case. In addition to networks such as CNN, MSNBC, HLN, and Fox, Rand also appears on numerous international networks in Jamaica, Colombia, and Japan. The National Bar Association recognized Rand as one of the nation's Top 40 Lawyers under 40 in the United States. Rand now shares her insight, experience, and pioneering efforts for social justice and empowerment through her extensive experience, expert teachings, and unmatched passion to her thought provoking keynotes.

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Consent, Culture, and Conversations

6:30 p.m.   |   Student Center, room 301-302

Step In. Speak Up and Spectrum will host a dialogue addressing concerns with the societal epidemic of rape culture. A student panel will lead by sharing individual experiences with sex education, rape myths, and the culture of consent. Hot chocolate and cookies provided.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Concert

7:30 p.m.   |   Sursa Hall

This concert honors and celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music, poetry, spoken word, and dance.

Unity Week Sponsors

  • Multicultural Center
  • Division of Student Affairs and Enrollments Services
  • Office of Institutional Diversity
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • School of Music
  • Asian American Student Association
  • Black Student Association
  • Latinx Student Union
  • Spectrum
  • Step In. Speak Up.
  • University Program Board

Thursday, Jan. 18

Tunnel of Oppression

6 p.m.   |   Student Center, Ballroom

The Tunnel of Oppression is an opportunity for you to experience surrounding oppression first-hand. Tour 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, Jan. 19

Latinopalooza

6 p.m.   |   Student Center Ballroom

The annual non-competitive talent show is hosted by the Latinx Student Union. Come for the variety of talents-dancing, singing, and much more. Stay for the cultural and community appreciation!

Saturday, Jan. 20

Film: "Marshall"

3 p.m.   |   Student Center, Cardinal Hall

This film from the critically acclaimed director, Reginald Hudlin depicts a young Thurgood Marshall as he faces one of his greatest challenges while working as a lawyer for the NAACP. Marshall travels to conservative Connecticut when wealthy socialite Eleanor Strubing accuses black chauffeur Joseph Spell of sexual assault and attempted murder. He soon teams up with Sam Friedman, a local Jewish lawyer who's never handled a criminal case. Together, the two men build a defense while contending with racist and anti-Semitic views from those who deem Spell to be guilty.

Sunday, Jan. 21

Unity Pageant

7 p.m.   |   Pruis Hall

The Unity Scholarship Pageant originated in 1968. Completely student-run, the event is presented 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.

More Information

For more information on Unity Week or Questions regarding physical access, call 765-285-1344 or email the Multicultural Center in advance of the program.