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Unity Wing

Article ID: 291
Last updated: 10 Jul, 2019

Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing
Starsheemar Byrum, Director

(860) 465-4314
byrums@easternct.edu

Formerly the Unity Center, the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing is name after Dr. Arthur L. Johnson, former sociology professor at Eastern. Johnson served as a faculty member and administrator from 1970 – 1999. In addition to his efforts at the University level, Dr. Johnson was committed to civic and community engagement. Until his death on September 6, 1999, Dr. Johnson sought to raise the consciousness of government leaders, corporate executives, educators etc. and was in the forefront of the struggle for civil rights and an advocate for freedom and equality. The Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing is comprised of the Intercultural Center, the Women's Center, and the Pride Center. Information about each can be found below.

The Intercultural Center

The Intercultural Center (IC) within the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing is strives to create a climate of cultural awareness and inclusion, provides a courageous space and services that support, embrace and celebrate a myriad of cultures and identities. We work closely with Eastern students from backgrounds traditionally marginalized and underrepresented. The Center facilitates activities through cross-cultural dialogues, guest lectures, and initiatives that celebrate and share the rich cultures of the students, staff, and faculty who make up our community. With over 20 multicultural student organizations at Eastern, the Intercultural Center oversees the Multicultural Leadership Council (MLC) and offers council sponsored events each semester - co-sponsoring with various MLC cultural student organizations. The Center provides information and referral services, and a number of programs that contribute to the mission including, but not limited to, our heritage month celebrations, #EasternBlackOut Day, and our annual heritage month programs. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00am - 5:00pm. All are welcome to engage.

Intercultural Center

1st Floor Student Center

Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Room 114

860-465-5749

www.easternct.edu/interculturalcenter/

The Women's Center

The Women's Center (WC) within the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing aims to advance the personal growth and intellectual development of all students, staff and faculty that make up our community. The Center offers a variety of support and services for and about women. The lending library of books include texts for Women's Studies classes. While serving as a resource and referral Center for all students, the WC organizes events, activities and sponsors educational initiatives that promote gender equity, knowledge of women-centered issues, and more. The Center hosts workshops and guest lecturers throughout the year. Along with raising awareness on interpersonal violence, some signature events include the Red Flag Campaign, the Vagina Monologues, and Take Back the Night, our annual trip to the YMCA Women's Money Conference. Programs also exist for male and gender non-conforming students. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. All are welcome to engage.

Women's Center

1st Floor Student Center

Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Room 116

860-465-4313

www.easternct.edu/womenscenter/

The Pride Center

The Pride Center within the Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing serves the diversity of the LGBTQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual, and all sexual/gender minorities and their allies) community of students, staff and faculty that make up our community. The Center is a brave space that provides support, education and advocacy for LGBTQ+ and Ally members of the Eastern community. Along with providing information and referral services, the Center organizes campus programming and activities that increase awareness of issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community while cultivating a community of advocacy and support. Signature programs that contribute to this mission include, but are not limited to National Coming Out Day, Transgender Day of Remembrance, National Pronoun Day and Lavender Graduation. We are open Monday - Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm. All are welcome to engage.

Pride Center

1st Floor Student Center

Arthur L. Johnson Unity Wing, Room 108G

860-465-0015

www.easternct.edu/pridecenter/

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