16th Annual Unity Week

The 16th annual Unity Week took place on campus from Nov. 9-18, 2016. The Student Government Association, in partnership with the Office of Student Involvement, academic departments and student organizations, offered film screenings, workshops and multicultural events exploring the theme of “Intersectionality of Identity.”

“The concept behind this theme was to encourage our community to recognize the diversity within ourselves and understand the complexities within an identity,” says Ameer Phillips ’17, SGA director of diversity and chair of the Unity Week Planning Committee. “Identity and diversity deal with more than just race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, sex and gender; they can also include aspects such as ideology, age, ability, faith, spirituality, religion, class and so-forth.”

The keynote event of the week was a moderated discussion with Janet Mock, a writer, cultural commentator, advocate for trans women’s rights and the New York Times-bestselling author of Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More.  ■

—Jessica Kennedy