The UNITY Project: Forming a Canopy of Interconnectedness
November 20, 2016
Compelled to counter the divisiveness, negativity and bigotry of our country’s national political conversation, Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Psychology, Division for Inclusive Excellence, and Partnership for People with Disabilities at the School of Education, are partnering to launch UNITY, a public interactive art project from Thursday, November 17 through Sunday, November 20. This event will be held from 9:00am to 5:00pm daily, is open to the VCU and RVA community, and will take place in front of the James Branch Cabell Library (902 Park Avenue) at the VCU Monroe Park Campus.
The UNITY event at VCU will offer a circular arrangement of poles; each pole labeled with an identifier. For example: I’m a parent, I speak English as a Second Language, I identify as LGBTQ, etc. With yarn, participants connect to the poles they identify with, forming a canopy of interconnectedness that grows as more people participate. Unity celebrates the unique individual and raises awareness of how labels impact our perceptions and interactions with the world.
Everyone is invited to participate in this event to help change the tone of our national conversation and encourage a renewed spirit of optimism, camaraderie and respect. One especially significant goal is to prompt unitive leadership as we move toward and beyond the November 2016 elections, for campuses and communities around the country.
UNITY is part of Nancy Belmont’s #WeLiveBig initiative to promote human flourishing. Learn more about the project here.
We’d love to have a few extra pairs of hands! Do you have a few hours to spend helping others create our web of interconnectedness? Sign up for a time slot in this form - the first 40 volunteers receive a free UNITY t-shirt (available sizes may be limited).
Please contact Jen Elswick at email@example.com or (804) 828-1195 for more information.
Celebration of 40 years of LGBTQ Activism at VCU closes with Billie Jean King
October 27, 2016
Closing the month long celebration of 40 years of LGBTQ Activism at Virginia Commonwealth University, tennis icon and equality advocate Billie Jean King urges everyone to be their authentic selves. Read more here.
This historic event was organized by the Humanities Research Center in the College of Humanities and Sciences, and co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Division for Inclusive Excellence, the Office of the Vice President for Health Sciences, Equity and Access Services, the Division of Student Affairs, VCU Athletics, the VCU Libraries, VCU Alumni Rainbow Rams, the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, and Sciences, and Equality VCU.
The President’s Forum on Social Justice Draws Hundreds
October 13, 2016
The Intersection of Health & Politics: A Community Forum with Governor L. Douglas Wilder and Dr. Louis W. Sullivan
October 6, 2016
National Conflict Resolution Day 2016 at VCU
October 6, 2016
Join the VCU Office of the Ombudsperson for National Conflict Resolution Day on October 20, 2016 in the University Student Commons, Richmond Salons I and II, from 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon.