Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Unity in Diversity Fall 2021 Event

Unity in Diversity Days - Fall 2021

Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 19, and Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021 for a virtual two-day event offering rich programming on diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the Event

Unity in Diversity Days, a two-day program, is now in its third semester and is sponsored by the President’s Initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI). The program features a diverse group of scholars, artists and advocates, designed to broaden and deepen our understanding of systemic inequalities with a focus on such current issues, including the housing crisis, climate justice and health disparities. Additionally, speakers will share knowledge and strategies, designed to enhance our awareness and ability to come to terms with privilege and to move beyond “call out” and “cancel culture” to foster accountability while building communities rooted in intersectional justice.

Who Should Attend

All events are free and open to the public but require pre-registration. To pre-register, please review details on the Oct. 19 event or Oct. 20 event pages.

Event Details

This campus-wide programming is sponsored by the President’s initiative on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in collaboration with the Office of the Provost and the Office of Multicultural Initiatives to promote diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice.

Schedule of Events

Below is an overview of scheduled events. See full details of each day’s event and speaker information at Oct. 19 full schedule and Oct. 20 full schedule

Tuesday, Oct. 19

8-8:30 a.m. - Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at Merrimack College: Opening Remarks
8:30-9:45 a.m. - Confronting the Housing Crisis: Community Building Initiatives
10-11:15 a.m. - Moving Beyond Calling Out: Building a Calling In Culture

Noon-1:15 p.m. - Centering Black Women in History and Popular Culture

2-3:15 p.m. - Unpacking Privilege: Putting Research into Practice
4-5:15 p.m. - On Poetry, Science & Possibilities: Poet Wrestling with Ghost Realities
6:30-7:45 p.m. - Breaking Colonial Imaginations: An Evening of Queer Palestinian Diasporic Poetry


See Full Schedule: Oct. 19

Wednesday, Oct. 20

8-9:15 a.m. - Global Youth Voices on Climate Justice
9:30-10:45 a.m. - Diversity, Inclusion and Social Justice: Faith-Based Approaches
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Islamophobia and the Politics of Empire: 20 Years after 9/11

12:30-1:45 p.m. - Blackqueerness, Religion, and the Politics of Possibilities

2-3:15 p.m. - Engaging Diverse Communities through Activism and Advocacy
3:30-4:45 p.m. - What the Eyes Don’t See: Confronting an Environmental Disaster
6:30-7:45 p.m. - Anything But an Elegy: Transness, Disability & the Legacy of Trauma


See Full Schedule: Oct. 20