|Native American flutist Bill Neal, aka Elk Whistle, will perform during the lunch.|
|Georgiana Sanchez will give the keynote. Photo courtesy of Victoria Sanchez.|
The Cal Poly Pomona community will celebrate diversity at the Unity Luncheon, “Banding Together for Purpose and Progress,” on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major Suite.
Now in its 17th year, the Unity Luncheon is an opportunity for the university to celebrate diversity and develop relationships while raising funds for scholarships. Each year leadership for the luncheon rotates among the five sponsoring affinity groups, and this year's event is under the direction of the Native American Task Force.
“Banding Together for Purpose and Progress” will feature Native American dishes such as Indian tacos made from traditional fry bread. In addition, entertainment will be provided by flutist Bill Neal and the Fancy Dancers from Sherman Indian High School.
“This year's theme focuses on our coming together as a campus community to create positive social change,” said Dora Lee, who is co-chairing the event with Brandi Strand. “The Unity Luncheon raises money for student scholarships and celebrates and acknowledges the contributions of our students, faculty, staff, administrators and community partners.”
This year's keynote speaker is Georgiana Sanchez, a published author, storyteller, and poet and an instructor in Native American literature. She serves as faculty advisor for the American Indian Student Council at Cal State Long Beach.
Born and raised in California, Sanchez is a recognized member of the Coastal Band of the Chumash Nation near Santa Barbara. She works extensively in the community as a cultural tradition bearer, language learner and activist. She has participated in several major arts productions, including the Los Angeles Arts Festival, the Young Audiences Program at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles, and several productions at the Los Angeles Theater Center. Sanchez is a script consultant, writer and cultural advisor for The Puzzle Place on PBS. Her poem “I Saw My Father Today” is one of 12 poems cast in bronze and placed at the North Embarcadero in San Francisco.
In addition, the Diversity Leadership Award and 10 Diversity Champion awards will be presented to individuals who have made a difference in diversity.
The annual Unity Luncheon is co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association; the Black Faculty & Staff Association; the Latino Faculty, Staff & Student Association; the Pride Alliance (the Gay, Lesbian, and Transgendered faculty and staff association); and the Native American Task Force.
Tickets are $15 general admission and $12 for students. Reservations are accepted through Jan. 11.
For more information, contact Dora Lee at (909) 869-3601 or visit https://dsa.cpp.edu/unity/.