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Unity Week Events Slated for Sept. 23-29

After its successful launch last year, Unity Week has become an annual event and will be held from Sept. 23-29 on Duquesne’s campus. Established by the Black Student Union and the Student Government Association in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), Unity Week was created as a way to increase the sense of community and appreciation of diversity on Duquesne’s campus.

“Events are designed to encourage students to embrace diversity, by not judging others based on their race, ethnicity, gender, beliefs or orientation; to be a servant to those in need; to respect the ideas and values of others; and to practice integrity in an effort to create a community of civil and responsible citizens,” explained Rahmon Hart, director of the OMA.

This year’s Unity Week events include:

  • Sunday, Sept. 23 Unity Mass, 9 p.m., Duquesne Chapel
  • Monday, Sept. 24 Staff and Faculty vs. Students basketball game, 8 p.m., A.J. Palumbo Center
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25 Leadership Development Institute, 5 to 8 p.m., Duquesne Room
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26 Unity Week Banquet featuring Keynote Address by State     Rep. Jake Wheatley, 4:30 p.m., Duquesne Room
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 Uni-TEE Day
    Student-Alumni Networking Night, 6-8 p.m., Duquesne Union Ballroom
  • Friday, Sept. 28 Homecoming Pep Rally, 6 p.m., Perron, Duquesne Union

Ninth and 10th graders from Pittsburgh City Schools have been invited to the Leadership Development Institute, which will be facilitated in part by Duquesne students. Participants will receive a Unity Week t-shirt and certificate of completion. “It is our intent to ‘lift as we climb’ and empower the rising leaders of the Pittsburgh community,” added Hart.

Co-sponsors for Unity Week include the executive vice president of student life, the Duquesne Program Council, the Office of Student Activities, the Office of Residence Life, Duquesne University Athletics, the Office of Spiritan Campus Ministry, the Office of Commuter Affairs and the Multicultural Program Advisory Council.

To sign up for the Faculty/Staff vs. Students basketball game and for more details on Unity Week, call the OMA at 412.396.1117.

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