Unity Week is Suffolk University’s annual celebration of diversity and community. It is a collaborative effort by students, faculty, and administrators and has traditionally consisted of entertainment, speakers, dialogues, open classes, food, and music. These efforts not only recognize the diversity represented within the University, but affirms the value and vitality that this pluralism brings to our individual and collective experience.
Unity Week is February 21-28, 2015.
Unity Week goals
- Provide a concentrated opportunity to share differing perspectives and cultures.
- Engage students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds in a creative and collaborative planning process.
- Reaffirm that education includes learning about the contributions of different cultures and the oppression of some cultures as a means to see the interdependence and relationship different groups.
- Celebrate the diversity represented by our campus community.
Who makes Unity Week possible?
Division of Student Affairs, Counseling Center, Dean of Students Office, Facilities Management, Best Buddies, Human Resources, In-House Design, Interfaith Center and Office of Campus Ministry, Off Campus Housing Office, Office of Diversity Services, Office of Student Leadership and Involvement, Office of Retention Services, Performing Arts Office, Program Council, Residence Life and Summer Programs Office, Sodexho Catering, Student Government Association, SU Police & Security Department, Center for Community Engagement, Theater Department...You!
2015 Unity Week Events
Saturday February 21
Multicultural Summit 9am-5pm in the Donahue Cafe
Monday February 23
Love Your Body Campaign Tabling 11am-2pm in 73 Tremont St Lobby
Open Class Introduction to World Religions: East 1-2:15pm in Donahue 403
Open Class Rabindranath Tagore: Universal Poet Rediscovering the West 2:30-3:45pm in the Poetry Centre
Suffolk On Ice 5:30-8:30pm open free skate on Frog Pond
Tuesday February 24
Soul Food Luncheon 12-2pm in Donahue 403
Take a Seat Make a Friend 12-2pm Donahue Lobby
Open Class Management 322 Managing Diversity at Work 1-2:30pm in 73 Tremont Amenities Room
Vinyasa Yoga 4pm in the Interfaith Center (D540)
Moving Screening America the Beautiful: The Thin Commandments 4:30-6pm in Donahue Cafe
African Head Wrap 5:30-8:30 in Donahue 403
Wednesday February 25
Take a Seat Make a Friend 12-2pm in Donahue Lobby
Open Class Introduction to World Religions: East 1-2:15pm Donahue 403
Mindfulness (Buddhist) Meditation 4pm in Interfaith Center (D540)
Open Class Rabindranath Tagore: Universal Poet Rediscovering the East 4-5:15pm in 73 Tremont Amenities Room
Salsa Dance Lesson 5-6:30pm in Donahue 403
Around the World Casino Night 6-9pm in Donahue Cafe
Thursday February 26
Take a Seat Make a Friend 12-2pm in Donahue Lobby
Buddhist Koan Study 1pm in the Interfaith Center (D540)
Roman Catholic Evening Prayer 5pm in the Interfaith Center (D540)
Dancing with the Stahs 7-10pm in the C Walsh Theater
Friday February 27
Suffolk Idol 7pm in the C Walsh Theater
Saturday February 28
Spread the Word to End the Word 6-9:30 in the Law School Conference Room
Each year, multiple Suffolk clubs and organizations sponsor programs to educate others about their culture and their contributions to a diverse society. Many of them collaborate with other groups and departments to offer a colorful spectrum of activities. Moreover, Suffolk students have been the driving force behind the expansion of Unity Week as they lead numerous initiatives like the assembly project (mosaic, quilt, puzzles), Unity Week Showcase, and Unity Week Fair.
- Guest Speaker: Robyn Ochs - Crossing Lines: Identity and the Sexuality Spectrum.
- Unity Week Showcase - a student show which they share their cultures through forms of expression and performances.
- Hope, Action, Change: Make it Happen at Suffolk - S.O.U.L.S. and Moakley Institute's civic engagement, round table discussion.
- The Black Jew Dialogues - A two-actor play addressing the history and absurdity of prejudice within the context of the American Black-Jew experience. Sponsored by Program Council and Suffolk Hillel.
Other ways to contribute:
- Send a representative to the Unity Week planning meetings.
- Talk to your professors about Unity Week and suggest that they devote an Open Class to the themes of Unity week.
- Perform in the Unity Week Showcase, which closes the week of events. Members of the campus community express Unity through song, dance, and theatrical performances at the showcase.
Faculty support and involvement with Unity Week is crucial to its success and growth each year. Devote an open class session during Unity Week to discuss the issues of culture, intercultural understanding, and/or diversity. Open this class to the larger campus community. The open classes will be published in the Unity Week publicity materials (e.g., calendar, brochure, and our website).
Example open classes:
- PSY 321. Introduction to Counseling: Cross-cultural Counseling with Counseling Interns Shannon Korell, Melissa Morgan and Sunny Toews
- SSOM 550. Cultural Environment of Business - Introduction to Eastern Religions: Taoism with The Reverend Amy L. Fisher
- SOC 222. Women Struggle in Film with Professor Amy Agigian
To denote an open class session during Unity Week, contact Dave DeAngelis at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-573-8320.
Departments and offices
Your office or department can sponsor a social and/or educational event that will showcase your understanding of and contributions to a diverse society. You can also assist by providing financial co-sponsorship, volunteering at key events, or promoting Unity Week to your colleagues and students you serve.
- Cooking 101: Latin Flavors - Off-Campus Housing Office and SU Hispanic Association
- Get Connected: Networking with Affinity Groups and Professional Associations - Career Services and Cooperative Education
- Common Grounds International Coffee House - Performing Arts Office, Center for International Education, and International Student Association
- Stereotype Threat - What is it? What can you do to reduce its impact: A discussion for Faculty, Staff and Administrators - Diversity Services and Counseling Center
For more information about co-sponsoring and volunteering opportunities, please contact Dave DeAngelis at email@example.com or (617) 573-8320.