Day 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 Inaugural Day of Unity consisted of a Unity Rally in the Student Center Quad and was cosponsored by the Student Government Association, SPECTRUMS, the Greek community, the NAACP and Brotherhood, and several women’s groups in conjunction with the LGBTQ Center. Students posted signs around campus that read, “Hate is not an MSU value.” This phrase has since become ingrained in our community.

The Second Annual Day of Unity took place in 2013 and included a full-day of community enriching events followed by a keynote address in Memorial Auditorium by Lt. Dan Choi, coordinated by students groups, the LGBTQ Center, and other constituents within the Center for Student Involvement.  

The Third Annual Day of Unity will take place this year 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 at 5:30pm on Tuesday, February 4th in the Student Center Ballrooms. 

Documents and Statements on Day of Unity


Week of Unity Events


Monday, February 3rd

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

Tuesday, February 4th

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.
10am-3pm Self-Care Space: Uniting Your Mind, Body, and Soul Ballroom C
  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
1pm Out at Home: The Glenn Burke Story Yogi Berra Museum
  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. Call 973-655-6891 to reserve your seat by January 31st. Seating is limited and first-come, first-served. Hosted by Yogi Berra Stadium, The Office of Equity and Diversity, and the LGBTQ Center
4pm The Activist Forum Student Center 104
  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
5:30pm Day of Unity Keynote Addres and Reception with James Clementi Ballroom A/B
  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. Hosted by Student Development and Campus Life.


Wednesday, February 5th

Time  Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Day of Unity T-Shirts  Student Center Lobby
5:30pm Womyn's Group Discussion Student Center 110
  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
5:30pm Men's Group Discussion Student Center 104
  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


Thursday, February 6th

Time Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Day of Unity T-Shirts  Student Center Lobby
1pm Interfaith Discussion on Unity and Inclusion  Student Center 112
  Facilitated discussion by Professor Lisa Sargese. Co-sponsored with the Council for Faith and Spirituality and the Women’s Center 
5:30pm Queer People of Color Discussion: Unity and Identity Student Center 110
  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.
6pm Unified Sports Basketball Game Student Recreation Center
  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. 
7pm "To Write Love on Her Arm" Machuga MPR
  Join us for an open mic night. Hosted by Residence Life.


Friday, February 7th (DAY OF UNITY)

Time Event Location
11am-1pm Get Your Day of Unity T-Shirts  Student Center Lobby
12pm  Unity Flag Raising Student Center Ballroom B
  Join us as we unveil our new Flag of Unity. Make sure you wear your Unity Shirt! 
7pm-11pm Larger Than Life Game Night  Student Center Ballrooms A/B
  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. 


Saturday, February 8th

Time Event Location
8pm-10pm Special Musical Performance: Cabaret Sensation, James Jackson Jr. Student Center Red Hawk Nest
  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.