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Unity Week

Diversity is important to any learning environment. It helps us understand the people around us, see new perspectives, and foster a curiosity about the world and community we live in. Since it began in 2000, Unity Week has been a celebration of diversity at Holy Cross, as well as an encouragement to keep learning and exploring. Through performances, dialogue, and fun activities, this weeklong event brings our community together and challenges us to ask more. Unity Week is sponsored annually by the Student Government Association.

Unity Week Events

November 9 - 18, 2016

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9 

AFTER THE HOLOCAUST THE BELLS STILL RING
7:30 p.m.
Rehm Library
“After the Holocaust the Bells Still Ring” — Joseph A. Polak, Hillel Rabbi Emeritus at Boston University, will speak about his memoir. The book explores how Polak, a young child at the time of the Holocaust, and his mother survived two concentration camps, then, after the war, battled demons of the past, societal rejection, disbelief, and invalidation as they struggled to reenter the world of the living. Supported by the Kraft-Hiatt Fund for Jewish-Christian Understanding.
Sponsored by: Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10 

PARTNERS IN ACTION
7 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 406
A workshop focused on discussing the successes and challenges of advocating for racial justice as a white student.
Sponsored by: Office of Multicultural Education

CAFÉ CON LECHE
7:30 p.m.
Williams Hall, Social Space
Come join LASO and Dr. Interns for a discussion on the Zika virus and how it has been affecting Latin American communities. Free Coffee!
Sponsored by: Latin American Student Organization (LASO), Doctor Interns

BREAKING DOWN POLITICAL IDENTITY
8 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 409
A discussion focused on the impact of an individual’s political affiliation on their personal identity and beliefs.
Sponsored by: College Democrats, College Republicans, Student Government Association Diversity & Programming

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11 

CAB PRESENTS: A MINUTE TO WIN IT GAME NIGHT
9 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Crossroads
Come join us for this Game Night for a cause. Have fun while giving back to our community. Proceeds from this event will help provide Thanksgiving dinner to those in need. 
Sponsored by: Campus Activities Board (CAB)

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12 

DESI – ASIA TRADITIONAL HINDU WEDDING
5:30 p.m.
Loyola Hall, Ballroom
You are formally invited to the DESI and ASIA rendition of a traditional Hindu Wedding. This event will feature traditional style dances, foods, and festivities 
Sponsored by: Developing & Educating South Asian Ideologies (DESI), Advocating Student Interest in Asia (ASIA)

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 13 

OFFICE HOURS WITH SGA DIVERSITY
3 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby
Come meet and talk with the SGA Diversity team! Learn more about SGA's plans moving forward and feel free to vocalize your own suggestions as well!  
Sponsored by: Student Government Association Diversity

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 14 

UNITY WEEK KEYNOTE EVENT JANET MOCK
7:30 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Ballroom
This year's guest speaker will be Janet Mock, author of the bestselling book “Redefining Realness: My Path to Womanhood, Identity, Love & So Much More” and host of the MSNBC show “So POPular.” Janet is one of the leading gender rights activist who has been able to captivate audiences with her experiences as a trans woman of color.   
Sponsored by: Student Government Association Diversity

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 15

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT! LUNCH & LEARN DIALOGUE
12:30 – 2 p.m.
Williams Hall, Social Space
A luncheon with Visiting Assistant Professor Stephanie Crist, Ph.D. Syracuse University on the "Intersection of Transness and Race". (Must register)  Sponsored by: Student Government Association Diversity, Office of Multicultural Education

PROFESSOR MATT EGGEMEIER: THE PROPHETIC IMAGINATION, CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHING, & THE CALL TO JUSTICE 
4:30 p.m.
Rehm Library 
Presentation will focus on the Catholic tradition's commitment to charity, justice, and solidarity.
Sponsored by: Ignatian Volunteer Corps, Office of the College Chaplains, Religious Studies Department, Office for Mission, Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

BLACK STUDENT UNION PRESENTS "GRIOT: A NIGHT OF EDUTAINMENT!"
6 p.m. reception; 7 p.m. performance
Hogan Campus Center, Ballroom 
Featuring noted spoken word artist Crystal Leigh Endsley, assistant professor of Africana studies at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, along with the Bamidele Dancers & Drummers, our very own FUSION hip-hop dance team and introducing "Uncut Poetry"!
Sponsored by: Black Student Union (BSU), Office of Diversity and Inclusion 

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 16 

A LATINX POLITICAL ETHICS FOR THE HOPELESSNESS OF OUR COMMUNITY 
4:30 p.m.
Rehm Library 
Miguel De La Torre, professor of social ethics and Latino/a studies at the Iliff School of Theology in Denver, will focus on the Latinx social location to explore a political ethics which embraces hopelessness, and consider why such a move is more salvific for the oppressed than Eurocentric Christian thought. One of the Deitchman Family Lectures on Religion and Modernity.
Sponsored by: Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

SOCIAL JUSTICE PANEL 
6:30 p.m.
Rehm Library 
Come listen to a panel of alumni whose jobs are at the core of social justice work. The purpose of this panel is to expand awareness of the various job opportunities and industries where Holy Cross students can continue and expand on their passion for social justice work outside of our campus community
Sponsored by: Center for Career Development 

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 

FACES OF THE HILL 
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby
The entire Holy Cross community is invited to participate in “Faces of the Hill,” a photography project exploring the many pieces that make up our identities.
Sponsored by: Student Government Association, College Marketing & Communications 

OPENING CELEBRATION OF THE HUB
4 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 032
Join the Student Government Association in the grand opening of The Hub! The mission of this room is to encourage students from all backgrounds to come together in this space and learn about the varying identities represented on campus. This space serves as a location where conversations surrounding the intersectionality of different identities can happen. We hope that the center can help empower all students to cultivate leadership, facilitate critical reflection, foster informed action, and promote social justice.
Sponsored by: Student Government Association

FILM SCREENING: TRAILS OF HOPE AND TERROR
7 p.m.
Stein Hall, Room 120 
Watch Miguel De La Torre’s documentary exploring the historical and economic reasons for the current immigration crisis, and how politicians have used this issue to garner votes. A Q&A with De La Torre will follow the screening.
Sponsored by: Rev. Michael C. McFarland, S.J. Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

SEXISM ACROSS GENDERS
8 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320 
A discussion focused on the impact of sexism on the identity and beliefs of people across all genders in society.
Sponsored by: Women’s Forum, Men in Coalition, Student Government Association Diversity & Programming

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 18 

NORTH DAKOTA PIPELINE LOBBY TABLE
10 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. 
Hogan Campus Center, 1st Floor Lobby
Join HC Fossil Free and Pax Christi to learn about the intersection of climate change and identity. Representatives from these groups will also share resources on the current fight over the proposed North Dakota Pipeline and how projects such as these are connected to social justice.
Sponsored by: HC Fossil Free, Eco-Action, Pax Christi 

SPORTS & POLITICS: DO THEY MIX?
12 noon – 1:30 p.m.
Hart Center, Bud Ryan Room (Tentative)
Audience members will view clips of the political documentary " Not Just A Game" by David Zirin and will engage with the question  “Sports and Politics: Do they Mix?” Session will be facilitated by members of the Division of Student Affairs and Athletics.
Sponsored by: Office of Student Involvement

*All events are free unless otherwise noted.