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 2019 will be held from February 18-21.
The Tunnel of Oppression is an interactive experience. Participants walk through different rooms designed to display oppression of marginalized groups. The Tunnel of Oppression at UCM is directed, written and performed by UCM students.
Tunnel runs for two days from 9 am - 6 pm and starts in Union 234 (Union Cinema).
Topic include but not limited too:
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.
The 2019 speaker has not been selected but in 2018, iCon was a spoken word artist
By definition, an “icon” is usually a symbol or an image that stands for or represents something other than itself. As an artist, SHA'CONDRIA "iCON" SIBLEY stands for and represents those who are oftentimes marginalized and whose voices are silenced in today’s society. iCon is a nationally-acclaimed championship poet/spoken word artist/actress/teaching artist. As a founding member of Team SNO (Slam New Orleans), she has helped the team win multiple regional and national titles, solidifying them as a “dynasty” in the world of slam poetry.
In 2018, Josh Rivedal spoke on How to Live Well and Crush it in College.
Joshua Rivedal moved from New Jersey to New York City at the age of 20 to tackle the
world of fame, fortune, and the Broadway stage...in what he thought would be a stepping
stone to Hollywood and a star on the walk of fame.
Eight years later and through a series of remarkable life events, a bad economy, and mixture of collegiate and self-education; Joshua reinvented himself as an international public speaker, author, playwright, curriculum developer, educator, marketing consultant, and arts entrepreneur.
Heʼs a mixture of creative and logic, business and pleasure, local-centric and global minded. As a public speaker his primary focus is on suicide prevention, mental health, diversity/inclusion, and anti-bullying; speeches and seminars on his experiences as a survivor of loss, an attempt survivor, an abuse survivor, and youth suicide prevention—often (but not always) paired with his one-man show Kicking My Blue Genes in the Butt (based on his book The Gospel According to Josh).