Students and staff of Montclair State posing for a picture at a parade.

Day of Unity

Day of Unity 2019: A Day of Action

Thursday February 7, 2019
11:00am – 3:00pm
Student Center Ballrooms

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Featuring our keynote guest speaker Mari Copeny aka Little Miss Flint! 

Mari is an 11-year old activist fighting for clean water in her hometown of Flint, Michigan. Her fight began at 8 years old when she wrote a letter and met with President Obama about the Flint water crisis. Come out to hear Mari speak about all the work she has done to create change! Following the keynote will be a meet and greet with Mari, an action fair with several organizations, and a letter writing campaign! Materials and snacks will be provided.

Day of Unity Action Fair Vendors

  • The Center for Health, Identity, Behavior and Prevention Studies (CHIBPS)
  • City Green
  • Commuter Assistance Mentor Program (CAMP)
  • The Food Recovery Network (FRN)
  • Garden State Equality
  • Justice for Education
  • Let’s Stop Here
  • The Montclair History Center
  • Montclair State Emergency Medical Services
  • The National Ovarian Cancer Coalition (NOCC)
  • New Jersey Citizen Action
  • The Office of Civic and Voter Engagement
  • The Office of Health Promotion
  • Planned Parenthood
  • Project COPE
  • Montclair State Student Government Association
  • University College at Montclair State

In 2012, President Susan A. Cole designated Tuesday, February 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 January, 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 to 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 a Montclair State 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 in 2014 featured a keynote address in the Student Center Ballrooms by James Clementi, brother of Tyler Clementi.

The fourth annual Day of Unity was in 2015 and showcased drag icons Shannel and Bebe Zahara Benet, from RuPaul’s Drag Race. Performances, personal stories, and a meet-and-greet took place on Monday, March 2. 

The fifth annual Day of Unity was hosted on Thursday, February 4, 2016, and members of our community participated in the Dear World Project. The question posed to participants was this: “If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?” Check out some of the photos.


Documents and Statements on Day of Unity