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Unity Week Invites PC Community to Share Their Story

Providence, R.I. — This year’s Unity Week will celebrate the ways everyone contributes to the story of Providence College.

Unity Week, from March 26-30, is sponsored by the Balfour Office for Multicultural Activities (BOMA), Board of Multicultural Student Affairs (BMSA), the Board of Programmers, the Office of Residence Life, Campus Ministry, the Office of Academic Affairs, and the Office of Student Affairs.

This year’s theme is The PC Story … My Story, Your Story, Our Story. Organizers hope the week of events will create an environment in which each story is heard, respected, and appreciated.

Unity Week “is a celebration of unity within PC,” said Mompati “Mo” Maruping ’12 (Orapa, Botswana), student diversity coordinator for BOMA and marketing co-chair for Unity Week. This year “we’re hoping to celebrate what PC means to us,” he said.

Professional storyteller Valerie Tutson will speak at the kick-off event, to be held at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, March 26, in the Unity Center on the lower level of the Slavin Center.

Tutson, the host of 8 on COX 3, created her own major in “Storytelling as a Communications Art” at Brown University and later earned a master’s degree in theatre arts there. She will lead a workshop on the power of sharing stories, the importance of listening to the stories of others, and ways to share stories effectively — whether you’re on a date or at an interview.

To promote the story theme, students, faculty, and staff have also been invited to write six-word memoirs about themselves, their personal PC stories, and what the College means to them. The extremely short stories are inspired by a project of SMITH magazine, an online publication.

“It’s just as important that we’re going to be proactive in what we will pray for, and that of course will lead us into action,” said Elena T. Yee, BOMA director.

Members of the PC community, including alumni, will be encouraged to post their own six-word memoirs or videos on the Unity Week Facebook page. In addition, participants will write these stories on puzzle pieces as part of “Things on Thursday” in the Slavin Center on March 29.

The puzzle will be assembled into a unified whole for the closing event, held at 4:00 p.m. Friday, March 27, in the Unity Center, where staff and faculty will share their six-word memoirs and stories.

In addition, Campus Ministry will set up reflection stations and a labyrinth in the Unity Center from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. The schedule also includes a rally in ’64 Hall on Thursday, March 29, based on the “I Won’t Stand For” campaign by the USA Network. Participants standing in the room will sit as they hear a list of problems they don’t support. After College Chaplain Rev. James Cuddy, O.P. ’98 leads a reflection, participants will be asked to kneel to show their intent to pray for solutions.

“We’re trying to incorporate everything — not just like diversity, just based on skin color — but everything, everyone’s differences: why they came to PC, why they’re still here, what they love about PC,” said Nicole Moniz ’13 (Pawtucket, R.I.) of the Multicultural Committee of Residence Life and marketing co-chair for Unity Week.

For a full schedule of events, go to the Unity Week Facebook page or the PCBOMA Twitter feed.  

— Liz F. Kay


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