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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

March 15 - 23, 2018

THURSDAY, MARCH 15

PUERTO RICO AND THE UNITED STATES: PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE
4:30 p.m.
Levi's Browsing Room
Between 1898 and 1901, the United States formulated a new territorial law and policy, global in scope, to rule Puerto Rico and the other territories annexed in the aftermath of the Spanish American War of 1898. Puerto Rico has been governed as an unincorporated territory since. Prof. Venator-Santiago will explain Puerto Rico’s constitutional status and its relationship to the United States and address some of the following questions: What is the citizenship status of persons born in Puerto Rico? How does it inform the creation of a financial oversight board for Puerto Rico by the US President? How does the island’s status affect U.S. relief aid for Puerto Rico in the aftermath of the devastation created by Hurricane’s Irma and Maria? Ms. Veronica Nunez, originally from Puerto Rico but living in Worcester since the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, will narrate her personal experiences and reflections in the aftermath of the disaster.
Sponsored by: LALC, PCON, Department of Political Science, Department of History, LASO, CASA

ALUMNI PANEL: PAYING IT FORWARD - RACE IN THE WORKPLACE
6-7:30 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 402
Join us to hear Holy Cross alumni of color share their career experiences and talk about how race dynamics play out beyond Holy Cross.
Sponsored by: Center for Career Development

FRIDAY, MARCH 16

CREATING AN INCLUSIVE CAMPUS: SKILLS & PRACTICE
10 a.m. -12 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320
This workshop will take diversity and inclusion from theory to practice; it will help participants develop the skills to be active bystanders and effective allies. We invite faculty, staff, and administrators to attend.  Please see your campus email to register.
Sponsored by: Office of Diversity and Inclusion

DRAG THROUGHOUT THE AGES
9-10 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Ballroom
With Shea Couleé, the Melanin Goddess!
Sponsored by: PRIDE

MONDAY, MARCH 19

OFFICE HOURS WITH SGA DIVERSITY
12 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, SGA Office Room 220
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

CHASING CORAL DOCUMENTARY SCREENING
6:30 p.m.
Smith Labs 154
Sponsored by: Student Government Association Environmental Concerns

MOCA (MEN OF COLOR ATHLETES) PRESENTS: WINNING ISN'T THE ONLY THING: THE BLACK MALE STUDENT-ATHLETE EXPERIENCE
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Seelos Theater
Men of Color Athletes (MOCA) will share their experiences on this campus socially, academically, personally, and within their sport to shed some light on issues they've faced that for the most part happen away from the playing fields and arenas, but do happen because of their "status" as athletes and men of color on this campus.
Sponsored by: MOCA

TIME'S UP: VOICES OF OUR STUDENT BODY
9 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center
Voices of our Student Body (Open discussion of the Time's Up movement hosted by Feminist Forum, followed by a collaborate a cappella performance from the women of the Delilah's, Off the Record, and Fools on the Hill.)
Sponsored by: Feminist Forum

TIME'S UP: VOICES OF OUR STUDENT BODY A CAPPELLA PERFORMANCE
10 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Cool Beans

TUESDAY, MARCH 20

SILENT DINNER/ASL MASS
5-8 p.m.
McCooey Chapel
Lectured by Rev. Shawn Carey.

ANDREA JAMES LECTURE
6-8:30 p.m.
Rehm Library
Andrea James is the Founder and Executive Director of The National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls, Founder of Families for Justice as Healing, the author of Upper Bunkies Unite: And Other Thoughts On the Politics of Mass Incarceration, a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow and a 2016 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award recipient. Andrea worked within the criminal justice system for more than 25 years and is a former criminal defense attorney. In 2009 she was sentenced to serve a 24-month federal prison sentence. After a lifetime of work seeking justice on behalf of disenfranchised people, she was stunned at what she encountered upon entering the federal prison system as an incarcerated person and uses her experience to raise awareness of the effect of incarceration on women, children and communities, and to shift from a criminal legal system to a system focusing on human justice.
Sponsored by: Sister to Sister, the McFarland Center for Religion, Ethics and Culture

XELANA DUO
7:30-8:30 p.m.
Brooks Music Hall
Xelana Duo balances the refinement of classical music while zigzagging through hip-hop, blues, flamenco, Bollywood, and rock n' roll.  Performers Ana García Caraballos (alto saxophone) and Alexander Davis (bassoon) present a dynamic program that features original music composed by Holy Cross faculty member Matthew Jaskot.
Sponsored by: Music Department

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 21

YOGA & LOVING KINDNESS MEDITATION
7 a.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320
Start your day with a yoga class centered around compassion and unity. Leave inspired to spread goodness after practicing loving kindness meditation.
Sponsored by: Worksite Wellness

INTERFAITH KALEIDOSCOPE: MULTIPLE REFLECTIONS AND BEAUTIFUL PATTERNS
2-4 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Room 320
This workshop, inspired by principles of Intergroup Dialogue, will invite participants to engage in dialogue across religious and faith difference. “How has your faith shaped you? What do you want people to know about your faith traditions? What do you want to know about other people’s faith traditions?” Utilizing concentric circles, participants in the workshop will have the opportunity to engage in facilitated discussions, in pairs, with several community members. Through this workshop, we will be learning about ourselves and others: building an interfaith bridge.
Sponsored by: Interfaith Dialogue and Engagement Commitee and Student Government Association Spiritual Life

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS IN SERVICE: UNITING (OR DIVIDING) THE HOLY CROSS AND WORCESTER COMMUNITY?
4:30 p.m.
Rehm Library
College of the Holy Cross’ Student Programs for Urban Development (SPUD) and Community-Based Learning (CBL) organizations are hosting an event called Building Relationships in Service: Uniting (or Dividing) the Holy Cross and Worcester Community? This will be a panel discussion focused on the relationships formed between Holy Cross students and those at Worcester community organizations. Our goal is to engage a transparent, critical dialogue between the Holy Cross and Worcester communities about the relationships we have formed over the years. We hope to provide a forum for discussion about how our partnerships either foster or hinder holistic interactions between Holy Cross and Worcester. We encourage you to share ways in which you think we can better bridge the gaps between our communities.
Sponsored by: Student Programs for Urban Development, Community-Based Learning

SACRED WATER: STANDING ROCK - SCREENING & DISCUSSION
7 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Suite A
Come learn & discuss the challenges people of the Standing Rock Indian Reservation of North and South Dakota face as they fight to stop a pipeline from being built on their ancestral homeland. Cultural and spiritual connections marginalized groups have with the land are ignored by oil companies. Watch these people come together to oppose a project they know is unjust.
Sponsored by: Eco-Action

LECTURE: LEGENDARY DANCER/CHOREOGRAPHER BILL T. JONES
7:30 p.m.
Fenwick Theater
For Bill T. Jones, art-making is participation in the world of ideas. In this lecture, he reflects on his 40-year artistic journey through some of his seminal works (Last Supper at Uncle Tom's Cabin/The Promised Land, Still/Here) to the work he is embarking on presently, The Deep Blue Sea (loosely based on the character Pip from Moby Dick). $15 general admission/$10 Holy Cross faculty & staff/$5 students
Sponsored by: Arts Transcending Borders

THURSDAY, MARCH 22

UNITY WEEK KEYNOTE EVENT: A CONVERSATION WITH ROXANE GAY (MODERATED BY GRETA KENNEY)
7:0 p.m.
Hogan Campus Center, Ballroom
Roxane Gay is an author and cultural critic whose writing is unmatched and widely revered. Her work garners international acclaim for its reflective, no-holds-barred exploration of feminism and social criticism. With a deft eye on modern culture, she brilliantly critiques its ebb and flow with both wit and ferocity. Her book, Hunger, speaks to many of the themes mentioned above. She is also a new writer at Marvel Comics, who released the movie, Black Panther this February. Greta Kenney, Director of the Office of Diversity & Inclusion will lead a moderated discussion with Roxane. Tickets are available here.
Sponsored by: Student Government Association Diversity

FRIDAY, MARCH 23

QUINSIGAMOND COMMUNITY COLLEGE LITERARY PHILANTHROPY PROJECT SCHOLARSHIP: AN EVENING WITH ROXANE GAY
6-9 p.m.
Mechanics Hall
The Literary Philanthropy Project (LPP) is collaboration between QCC’s Community Connections, Foundation and English Department that will partner with established authors to raise scholarship money in the visiting author’s name to encourage retention and promote recruitment of prospective students. Scholarship will be strictly merit and need based and open to all disciplines. We are hoping the Worcester business and service sectors will also partner with QCC to assist local first-year, working-class students, adequately prepare for the 21st century workforce. We hope you will support this initiative and become a sponsoring partner. ($25 minimum ticket)
Sponsored by: Quinsigamond Community College

THE 508 NIGHT MARKET
8-10 p.m.
Hogan Oval
A night of food, activities and performances around the Hoval from 8-10PM, A.S.I.A. and our cosponsors present the 508 Night Market! Following the example of night markets in Asia that bring people together, we hope to unify the Holy Cross community through our own version of this event.
Sponsored by: POW, LASO, CAB, Kxplosion, RNS, PRIDE, SRC, Best Buddies, Sons of Pitches, HCF1RST, and COPE

*All events are free unless otherwise noted.