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Cast Your Vote for a Unity Day T-shirt Design

3/20/2008 —

Penn State York will celebrate its tenth annual Unity Day on Wednesday, April 16, from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. when students, faculty, staff, and members of the York community are invited to celebrate diversity.  Students, faculty and staff will share food items that represent their heritage and those who attend can participate in an international food sampling from a number of countries.  Regardless of your heritage, Latino, Pennsylvania Dutch, African-American, Indian . . . Unity Day has a place for you.

Cast your vote now for your favorite Unity Day T-shirt design.  Students in Fred Haag’s design class, art 10, created designs for Unity Day T-shirts.  Haag is an associate professor of visual arts at Penn State York and each year his class takes on this project as a part of the course. The design chosen will be printed on a Unity Day T-shirt.  Please visit  www2.yk.psu.edu/unity and cast your vote for your favorite design.   Those participating in Unity Day will wear the specially designed T-shirts.  Visitors to the event can also receive a shirt, while supplies last, if they visit and number of displays. Voting continues until March 26 at noon.

The Unity Day celebration takes place in the Penn State York gym in the Joe and Rosie Ruhl Student Community Center. Displays are set-up with items that reflect the origin or ancestry of faculty, staff, and students.  A variety of performances are scheduled and food representing the ethnicity of the campus community will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m.   

Unity Day is the culmination of the work of the Penn State York’s Diversity Committee and is sponsored by the group. A variety of multicultural events are planned throughout the year to provide a forum for the campus and community to learn about diversity.

Goals for Unity Day include creating teachable moments to learn about diversity and to provide an opportunity for the campus and community to suggest ways Penn State can create a multicultural environment.  Flags fly at Penn State York representing the homelands of students, faculty, and staff almost year round, and symbolize campus pride in the ethnic heritage of campus members and their commitment to providing an environment where all opinions are valued and respected.     Unity Day is an opportunity to educate, understand, and appreciate the differences between each other and discover the many similarities. 

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