October 11, 2022, 9am—9pm
Unity Day brings us together to celebrate our collective authenticity in an inclusive environment for all members of the campus community regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex/gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital/parental status, or veteran status.
|9-10am||Unity Day Kick off (May Street)|
|10-10:30am||Unity Walk to the Common Ground
(featuring vocals by Caitlyn Costello)
|10:30am-12pm||Common Ground Ceremony*
Black Lives Matter Flag Raising – sponsored by Third World Alliance (TWA)
Student Reflections – sponsored by Student Leaders
Project Connect – sponsored by Residence Life
RA Art Exhibit based on ‘The Hate U Give’ – sponsored by Residence Life (Student Center Exhibit Area, all day exhibition)
|12-2pm||Concurrent Lunch and Learn Sessions
Lunch will be provided (limited to 30 participants per session, first come basis) No Registration required
Uplifting LGBTQ+ Voices – Panel of students, facilitated by Riley McGuire, Assistant Professor, English & Co-Chair LGBTQ+ Advisory Group (Sheehan Multipurpose)
Spiritual, Physical and Emotional Health – A Conversation with Kalvin Cummings and Zayda Vallejo (Fallon Room)
“In our shoes” – Sponsored by Student Accessibility Services, led by Frances Manocchio, Assistant Dean, Director (Foster Room)
|2-6pm||Common Ground Celebration* (Rain Location: Blue Lounge, Student Center)
|2-8pm||Faculty, Staff and Student Lead Sessions / Activities
IELI, Internationalizing the Worcester State campus; Edgar Moros, Director Intensive English Language Institute. Sheehan Multipurpose Room, 2-3pm.
Upcoming World Cup, casual conversation facilitated by Kirsh Donis, Associate Director of Undergraduate Admissions. Sullivan Academic Center- 205, 3-3:45pm.
The Statistics of Proving Racial Profiling in Court; Mathematics Professor Mary Fowler. Sullivan Academic Center- 205, 4-4:45pm.
The Territory, National Geographic documentary presented by Henry Theriault, Associate Vice President Academic Affairs. Sullivan Academic Center- 125, 4-5:30pm.
Community-based Participatory Research for Equity and Inclusion; Maria Juncos-Gautier, Executive Director Latino Education Institute and Caleb Encarnacion Rivera, Regional School District DEI Director (Norfolk, Wrentham, Plainville and King Philip). Sullivan Academic Center- 205, 5-5:45pm.
Alliance for Recruiting and Advancing early career underrepresented STEM Faculty; Biology Professor Daron Barnard. Sullivan Academic Center- 201, 5:30-6:15pm.
Change Nothing and Nothing Changes; Nicole Scott, Director Office of Grants and Sponsored Research. Sullivan Academic Center- 205; 6:15-7pm.
Graduate Student Fireside Chat about Campus Climate at Worcester State; facilitated by Urban Studies Professor Shiko Gathuo. President’s Conference Room, Administration Building; 6-7pm.
Mindful movement session; facilitated by Urban Studies Chair and Associate Professor Tim Murphy. Seven Hills, Wasylean Hall; 7-8pm.
Embracing our Differences Paint Night Experience; sponsored by Residence Life. Blue Lounge Student Center; 7-9pm.
Encanto Movie; Residence Life. Wasylean Hall Patio; 8-9:30pm
|3-7pm||Dialogue on Belonging (May Street Building)
* Dinner will be served. Pre-registration required (Worcester State email address required).
The Campus Dialogue on Belonging program, offered by the U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service (CRS), is an interactive, facilitated process that opens lines of communication and fosters mutual understanding by engaging Worcester State Students, Faculty and Staff, in identifying issues impacting the Worcester State community. The Dialogue on Belonging program convenes participants from as many parts of the community as possible to exchange information, share personal stories and experiences, honestly express perspectives, clarify viewpoints, and develop solutions that address community concerns. Dialogue emphasizes listening to deepen understanding and encourages participants to question and reevaluate their assumptions. Through this process, participants learn to work together to improve race relations and racial equality in their community.
* (schedule as of 10/07/22)
* Rain Location: Blue Lounge Student Center
For more information, please contact Maria Isabel Gariepy: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On this Day of Unity, one small step toward a more just society is acknowledging and naming the wrongs that have been done in the past and woven into our life together today, but are too often erased from our view. Therefore, with deep respect, we acknowledge that we are here today on the ancestral land of the Indigenous people of the Nipmuc and Wampanoag nations and acknowledge the painful history of genocide, slavery, and forcible relocation onto reservations.
**In observance of Indigenous Peoples’ Day on October 10th and Native American Heritage Month in November, the Library has installed a display of 4 maps showing Native American nations and tribal names from across the United States. Included are maps of Massachusetts and the northeast U.S. as well as profiles of notable Native American women. The display is on view on the main floor gallery wall past the circulation desk.