Celebrate the diversity of our UCM campus community through a week of events. Each event is designed to education and celebrate the many unique aspects of our lives.
Unity Week 2020 will be held from February 17-21.
Monday, Feb. 17 & Tuesday, Feb. 18 from 9 am - 5 pm
Union 234 (Union Cinema)
The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive experience. Participants walk through different rooms designed to display oppression of marginalized groups.
Topic include but not limited too:
Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 10am - 2 pm
Created to raise consciousness about the labels we give ourselves and others and explore how those labels both support and limit building interconnected, interesting communities. Unity Pole is a larger-than-life structure that helps us celebrate our uniqueness and strengthens our ties to each other. The project consists of posts, each with identifiers such as, “I’m a parent; I speak English as a second language; I identify as LGBTQ,” etc. Participants tie colorful yarn to posts that reflect their identities. Their yarn intertwines with others’ to create a web of interconnectedness. In the end, we see that we are all connected by something, and it's our diversity that builds a strong and vibrant community.
Unity Pole is on display for a day after it has been completed in the Elliott Student Union Atrium.
Wednesday, Feb. 19 from 5-7pm
Everyday we walk past people who are different than us and don't even give them a second glance, much less talk to them. Do you ever wonder what their story is? Have you ever wanted to share yours? During Unity Week, the American Democracy Project and SGA will be sponsoring a Living Library. This event will put a spotlight on students, faculty, staff, and community members who have unique stories and make them "books" to be "checked out" and share their unfiltered experiences. Come join us in working to make the world a better place and this campus a more friendly one!
Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7pm
Sponsored by ADP & Spotlight
Abdul-Rauf first came to public attention as a Louisiana State University freshman
sensation then named Chris Jackson. At just 6-foot-1 and 165 pounds, he averaged 30
points per game with
a hair-trigger jumper and acrobatic layups. Despite having Tourette’s syndrome, he went pro after his sophomore year, was picked third in 1990 by the Denver Nuggets, and converted to Islam. By the 1995-96 campaign, Abdul-Rauf was doing unguardable Stephen Curry things, such as giving Utah 51 points and dropping 32 on Michael Jordan when dealing the Chicago Bulls a rare loss in their 72-win season.
That season also is when Abdul-Rauf’s conscience told him not to stand for the anthem.
At first, nobody noticed as he stretched or stayed inside the locker room instead.
When a reporter finally
asked about it, the issue exploded. Abdul-Rauf said he viewed the American flag as a symbol of oppression and racism. Abdul-Rauf also said standing for the anthem would conflict with his Muslim faith
because you can’t be for God and also for oppression.
On March 12, 1996, the NBA suspended Abdul-Rauf for one game, citing a rule that players must line up in a “dignified posture” for the anthem. It cost him almost $32,000 of his $2.6 million salary. The players union supported Abdul-Rauf, and he quickly reached a compromise with the league that allowed him to stand and pray with his head down during the anthem. But at the end of the season, the Nuggets traded Abdul-Rauf, who averaged a team-high 19.2 points and 6.8 assists, to the Sacramento Kings.
His playing time dropped. He lost his starting spot. After his contract expired in 1998, Abdul- Rauf couldn’t get so much as a tryout with any NBA team. He was just 29 years old.