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Unity Week Activities Bring Campus Together to Celebrate Diversity

Contact: Mike Greife
WARRENSBURG, MO (Sept. 22, 2010) – The University of Central Missouri will celebrate diversity with a variety of activities during Unity Week 2010, planned for Sept. 27-30 on the UCM campus.

Sponsored by the UCM Diversity Office and the Office of Community Engagement, the week starts with Multicultural Day Monday, Sept. 27. Participants are encouraged to gather informally in the Elliott Union atrium at noon to meet and learn about other cultures as expressed through native attire. A panel will discuss “Diversity of Religions, Same People” at 2 p.m. in Elliott Union 236, followed by Unity Bingo from 6-7 p.m. in Elliott Union 238. The ABC Gospel Choir will lead “Unity through Music,” a celebration of song and performance, at 7 p.m. in Elliott Union 238.

Dave Helling, former political reporter and anchor for KCTV Channel 5 and current reporter for The Kansas City Star and featured panelist on KCPT Channel 19 in Kansas City, will discuss “American Politics Ahead of the 2010 Election” at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in Elliott Union 238. Helling will discuss the current American political climate and how diversity continues to evolve in American culture.

“Unity in the Classroom” is the topic for a forum planned for 2 p.m. Tuesday in Elliott Union 236. Participants will be invited to join the discussion of how to improve communication between faculty and students.  Open Mic Night begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Elliott Union atrium, providing an opportunity for participants to celebrate through song, dance and poetry.

The work of amateur artists will be exhibited from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 29, in Elliott Union 237B, with prizes to be awarded. Submit artwork for the exhibit to Elliott Union 224 by Monday, Sept. 27. The “Search for Unity” begins at 2 p.m. Wednesday as participants spend a fun-filled afternoon searching for the best examples of UNITY spelled out in letters that have been placed strategically across the campus. By following the map provided, participants will work together do discover unity through cooperation.

The documentary “White Light, Black Rain” will be shown at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in Elliott Union 237A, followed by a question and answer session with three survivors of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima who will be visiting campus.

“Unity through Diversity” is the topic for a panel discussion planned for 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, in Elliott Union 231, and the Hiroshima survivors visiting campus will offer instruction in creating origami birds as symbols of peace at 11 a.m. in Elliot Union 219. “Burying the Barriers to Diversity” will offer the opportunity to symbolically bury the words that foster negativity at noon in the Elliott Union atrium. The UCM Department of Music will offer music from around the world at 2 p.m. in the atrium, followed by the move “Gran Torino” at 7 p.m. in the Nahm Auditorium.

Unity Week in presented in coordination with The UCM Africana Studies program, the Anointed by Christ Gospel Choir, the Gallery of Art and Design, the Office of Campus Activities; the Department of Communication, the Department of Music, the International Student Organization, The Kansas City Star, Panhellenic Council, Queers and Allies, the Department of Religious Studies, The Spotlight and University Housing.