Unity Week Day 5: The Grand Finale

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Melissa Harris Perry

Unity Week will wrap up today (April 9) with an evening of programming aimed at igniting our community to come together and continue the fight for justice. Janée Kelly-Eddie, the Office of Multicultural Affairs’ (OMA) assistant director, will get the night started at 6 p.m.

The grand finale event will open with a showcase featuring CWRU alumni who were connected to OMA during their time at the university. They will talk about their lives after CWRU, what OMA means to them, and some may even share a poem or song to inspire others.

From there, attendees will hear from keynote speaker, the renowned Melissa Harris Perry, who will be introduced by Ibukun Ode-Martins, OMA’s graduate intern.

Harris Perry will lead a conversation about how community is more important than ever in times like this. She will take attendees through a journey of the past year to share how important it is to stay connected to one another and to collectively stand tall in the face of adversity. 

Finally, the Unity Week will come to a close with reflections from Vice President for Student Affairs Lou Stark, who will share what we have seen, learned and experienced throughout the week and how we can move forward as one united community.

Watch the livestream.