Insider’s View: Unity Space

Housed on the second floor of Blanchard Hall, the Unity Space offers a safe place for dialogue and programming related to culture and diversity.

The space, envisioned by a committee of students and staff during the early planning stages of the Community Center, offers students a place where they can celebrate their many intersecting identities. Overseen by the Division of Student Life and led by Annette M. McDermott and Latrina L. Denson of the offices of Religious and Spiritual Life and Community and Inclusion, the space is home to specific student groups, including the First Generation Low-Income Partnership Organization, Undocumented Immigrant Alliance and MoZone Peer Educators.

Throughout the academic year many programs and events are held in the space, including Interfaith Lunch and mixers for first-generation college students. Any group or campus department that shares the Unity Space’s values is welcome to reserve the space.  

—By Jess Ayer

Purposeful Design

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The design of the space is to be inclusive of multiple identities represented on campus. The movable pods provide flexibility for seating arrangements and encourage dialogue and intergroup discussions.

—Photos by Braden Chattman

This article appeared in the summer 2019 issue of the Alumnae Quarterly.

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