Week of Unity

In 2012, President Susan A. Cole designated Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Montclair State University's Day of Unity in response to bias threats directed toward the LGBTQ community that occurred that same year on Jan. 26, 27, and 30. The day has since become one in which all members of the campus community are encouraged to attend and come together to celebrate our differences and re-confirm our commitment of creating a supportive campus environment for all.

The Third Annual Day of Unity will take place this year on Friday, February 7th and will include a week of events compiled and/or coordinated by a committee of students, faculty, and staff. James Clementi will provide this year’s keynote address on Tuesday, February 4th at 5:30pm in Student Center Ballroom A/B.

Check out Unity Week's schedule below.

Monday, February 3
Time Event Location
12pm Flag Raising for Black History Month Student Center Flagpole
12-5pm Black and Wax Museum Student Center Ballrooms A/B
4pm Coming Out Group
A weekly open discussion and support group for students in various stages of the coming out process. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center. 
Student Center 418
7pm

Goal Ball
Come join the Department of Campus Recreation in Goal Ball, a competitive sport for blind athletes. We will have instructors present to teach and explain the rules. Hosted by the Department of Campus Recreation. 

Student Recreation Center 
8pm SPECTRUMS Meeting Student Center 411
Tuesday, February 4
Time Event Location
9am-1pm Safe Space Training
The Safe Space Program identifies faculty, staff and students who have completed Safe Space training. Participants in the program work to end homophobia and heterosexism on campus and create a visible network of support for the LGBTQ community. Those who have completed training receive a Safe Space sticker/button. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center. Registration Required. 
SC 419
10am-3pm Self-Care Space: Uniting Your Mind, Body, & Soul
Unite your mind, body and soul in one of our many sessions held in this self-care space throughout. Meditation, yoga, facials and massages available. Hosted by Health Promotion and the LGBTQ Center. 
Student Center Ballroom C
11am-1pm Get Your Unity Day Shirts and Calendar Student Center Lobby
1pm Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story
Special event featuring Erik Sherman, a veteran sportswriter and author of “Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story." Glenn Burke was the first major league baseball player to openly acknowledge his homosexuality to his team during his professional career. Included: Screening of the documentary, "Out. The Glenn Burke Story" which highlights how Burke's late 1970s baseball career likely ended prematurely due to homophobia.  
Yogi Berra Museum
4pm

The Activist Forum
This student-facilitated discussion for students interested in current events and social justice issues on campus and around the world. This session will focus on microaggressions and how we can make our campus community more supportive for all.
Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.
 

Student Center 104
5:30pm Day of Unity Keynote Address and Reception with James Clementi
James Clementi is the older brother of Tyler Clementi, who at 18, committed suicide after becoming a victim of cyber-bullying while attending Rutgers University. The loss of Tyler sent James on a path of activism and awareness for bullying, suicide prevention, and LGBT rights. Join James as he discusses his messages of respect, love and equality, and the devastating consequences of bullying in our society. 

Reception to follow. 

All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

Hosted by Student Development and Campus Life.
 
Student Center Ballrooms A/B
Wednesday, February 5
Time Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Unity Day Shirts and Calendar Student Center Lobby
5:30pm Womyn's Group Discussion on Unity
A student-facilitated discussion on bullying, inclusion, and social justice for lesbian, bisexual, queer, and transgender-identified womyn and their allies. Come hang out in a relaxing, safe space with other queer womyn of MSU. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center. 
Student Center 110
5:30pm Men's Group Discussion on Unity
A  student-facilitated discussion on bullying, inclusion, and social justice for gay, bisexual, queer, and transgender-identified men and their allies. This group is a great way to meet other queer men of MSU and hang out in a relaxing, safe space. Hosted by the LGBTQ Center. 
Student Center 104
Thursday, February 6
Time Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Unity Day Shirts and Calendar Student Center Lobby
1pm Interfaith Discussion on Unity and Inclusion
Facilitated discussion by Professor Lisa Sargese. Co-sponsored with the Council for Faith and Spirituality and the Women’s Center. 
Student Center 112
5:30pm Queer People of Color Discussion on Unity
Q-POC (Queer People of Color) is a student-facilitated group providing students of color with a space to explore their identities and the intersections between race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and gender identity. Ways to celebrate differences that further unite our community will be discussed at this week's session.
Hosted by the LGBTQ Center.
 
Student Center 110
6pm Unified Sports Kickoff Basketball Game
The Club Team for Unified Sports will be hosting a basketball game to kick off their season. Join in while our team members play with Special Olympic Athletes from the area.  
Student Recreation Center
7pm "To Write Love on Her Arm"
Join us for an open mic night. Hosted by Residence Life.  
Machuga MPR
Friday, February 7 - Day of Unity
Time Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Unity Day Shirts and Calendar Student Center Lobby
12pm Unity Flag Raising
Join us as we unveil our new Flag of Unity. Make sure you wear your Unity Shirt!  
Student Center Flagpole
7pm-11pm Larger Than Life Game Night
Larger Than Life Game Night will consist of large inflatable and giant boardgames to be played with groups of people. There will also be a station for making your own (rainbow) sour pixie sticks. Hosted by SLAM and the SGA.  
Student Center Ballrooms A/B
Saturday, February 8
Time Event Location
 8pm-10pm

Special Musical Performance: Cabaret Sensation, James Jackson Jr.
Join us for this one-night only special musical event featuring Cabaret Sensation, James Jackson Jr in "Don't Call Me Fabulous."His highly emotional, devastatingly funny cabaret act has been seen at Joe’s Pub, 54 Below, Duane Park, DROM, The A.R.T.’s Club Oberon, and Los Angeles’ Lyric Theatre.  James’ razor-sharp wit, unique sense of humor, talent, and on & off stage persona have become an artistic force to be reckoned with as well as a voice people want to hear as he changes the face of the concert stage." Admission: FREE. Hosted by Student Development and Campus Life. 

 Student Center Red Hawk Nest
     
Sunday, February 9
Time Event Location
10:30am

Red Hawk Run 5K 
In coordination with P.A.C.S., the 11th Red Hawk Run is a thrilling 5K open to participants of all backgrounds. The event is designed to benefit those less fortunate, in turn bringing the Montclair State University community together. All proceeds from this event will be donated towards assisting the Father English Community Center of Paterson, NJ. The Father English Community Center’s mission is to make a lasting difference in the lives of those who seek help within the surrounding communities. The center offers social services to youths, adults, and families in need.

Student Recreation Center