Mercyhurst observes Unity Week during Black History Month

Monday February 11, 2019

t shirtA presentation by motivational speaker Josh Fredenburg highlights this year’s observance of Unity Week (Feb. 18-22) at Mercyhurst University.

The annual celebration, which coincides with Black History Month, is designed to help members of the Mercyhurst community understand and appreciate their individual differences, including culture, religion and beliefs, and to emphasize that all individuals are not only welcomed, but also greatly appreciated.

The week’s events and celebrations were organized by senior Justin Hawkins and the programmers of the Multicultural Activities Council with their advisor, Tyler Brentley of Multicultural Student Services. This year’s theme is “Knowledge Is Power.”

Fredenburg is a nationally acclaimed speaker, the author of five books, and the creator of a leadership development curriculum for emerging and seasoned leaders. He founded and chairs the award-winning Circle of Change Leadership Conference, which connects a diverse group of student leaders nationally with a diverse leadership network of professionals from various areas of expertise.

He’ll speak on “How to Create a Winning Culture Within Your Workplace” on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 8 p.m. in Mercy Heritage Room. The talk is free and open to the Mercyhurst community.

On Monday of Unity Week, students will stage a Campus Blackout to promote unity and inclusivity by dressing in black. Students taking part will be given T-shirts and stickers.  

Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy a Soul Food Luncheon on Tuesday to celebrate black history and culture through food, music and trivia. The event runs from noon to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Great Room.

A Face Card activity on Wednesday evening at 7 will encourage students to actively explore the intersection of privilege and perception. It’s scheduled for the Student Union Great Room.

The week ends Friday evening with a Unity Day event from 8 to 10 p.m. in the Student Union Great room. Campus clubs and organizations will share cultural food, activities and games, and promote engagement in discussions about what inclusivity means.