COLUMBUS, Miss.-- The W UNITY Project event scheduled for this week has been postponed until Nov. 8-10 due to high chances of rain and cooler temperatures. Sponsored by The W's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council, the times are set for 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, through Wednesday, Nov. 10.
This is the second-straight year the DEI Council will sponsor the event, which is an interactive public art project, known as UNITY, based on the work of Nancy Belmont. Belmont’s project was selected for its potential to draw attention, encourage engagement and give representation to every member of The W community.
“Last year’s UNITY Project provided us with tangible proof of how our diverse campus community connects and supports each other,” The W President Nora Miller said. “The positive feedback received from participants revealed a desire for discussion forums and programming related to racial justice, LGBTQIA+, disability/accessibility, mental health and religious diversity. I look forward to participating in this year’s UNITY Project and other DEI events.”
Thirty-two posts will stand in a circle near Bryan Green Gazebo, all but one representing a different social role or identity, personal trait or worldview. The 32nd pole will be a blank slate, and participants will be able to write in an additional identifier they feel is important to their sense of self. Each person will select the poles that represent the various aspects of their identity and will string blue yarn from one to the other, creating a crisscrossing pattern. Highlighting the multiple identities that intersect to make each person unique, the project demonstrates how each layer of an individual’s identity connects them to a different subset of the community in such a way that all of the subsets are ultimately connected to form a larger whole.
Volunteers from the DE&I Council will be on hand to answer questions and ensure compliance with public safety guidelines.
Miller established the DEI Council in 2020 to promote equity, diversity and inclusion on campus through increasing self-awareness and facilitating intercultural competence.
The Council includes representatives from various departments, Faculty Senate, Staff Council and the Student Government Association.
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Nov. 3, 2021