Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Initiative

Unity in Diversity Spring 2021 Event

Unity in Diversity Days - Spring 2021

Join us on Wednesday, April 7 and Thursday, April 8, 2021 for a virtual two-day event offering rich programming on diversity, equity and inclusion.

About the Event

Merrimack College’s Spring 2021 Unity and Diversity Days reflect the College’s unwavering commitment to ongoing education, reflection and action on diversity, equity and inclusion. One of the highlights of an ongoing education and training program, the two-day event is designed to bring the Merrimack College community together to deepen and broaden our awareness, knowledge, and engagement.

The rich virtual program to be held on April 7 and 8, 2021 features a dozen guest speakers, including household names like CNN analyst Bakari Sellers and inspiring LinkedIn speaker Sharon Steed. Presentations will address such topics as health disparities and food insecurity, voting rights, neurodiversity and strategies to overcome polarization by embracing conflict and practicing empathy. The spring semester program also offers an exciting cultural program with performances, workshops, and an open mic, featuring two young spoken-word artists: Britta B. and Ken10. Other highlights include student-led sessions on activism and putting theory into practice and roundtables featuring staff and faculty members in the college’s affinity groups, which represent the BiPOC, International, LGBTQ+, disability rights and support, and First Generation communities.

Who Should Attend

All events are free and open to the public but require pre-registration. To pre-register, please review details on the April 7 event or April 8 event pages.

Event Details

Campus-wide programming 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 April 7 full schedule and April 8 full schedule. 

Wednesday, April 7

8-9:30 a.m. - Student Involvement and Social Justice Activism
9:30-10:45 a.m. - Transforming Prejudice into Social Justice
11 a.m.-12:15 p.m. - Embracing Conflict to Become an Inclusive Community

12:30-1:45 p.m. - Health Disparities, Food Insecurity & COVID-19

2-3:15 p.m. - Putting a Human Face on the Experiences of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) People
4-5:30 p.m. - LGBTQ+ Youth
6-7:30 p.m. - The Neurodiversity Paradigm in Combating Ableism
6-8 p.m. - Antiracism Resources 2.0
8-9:30 p.m. - Diversity and Social Justice Open Mic


See Full Schedule: April 7

Thursday, April 8

8-9:30 a.m. - Beyond the Classroom: The Praxis of Social Justice Activism
10-11:15 a.m. - Civil Rights and Voting Rights
Noon-1:15 p.m. - Rhythm & Resilience: A Poet’s Journey Through Race and Identity

1-2 p.m. - Building Community Support and Solidarity

2-3:30 p.m. - Fostering Inclusion with Empathy
4-5 p.m. - Promoting Cultural Competence and Global Awareness
5-6:30 p.m. - Exploring Poetics: A Stress-Free Writing Workshop
6:30-8 p.m. - St. Germain lecture


See Full Schedule: April 8