The 20th annual Unity Luncheon on Thursday, April 12 will include a new theme, an array of entertainment and a keynote address from Bob Suzuki, president emeritus of Cal Poly Pomona.
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the celebration of diversity and unity from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Ursa Major Suite of the BSC. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for faculty and staff, and 10-person tables may be purchased for $200. The event typically sells out, so early registration is recommended.
The theme for this year’s event, hosted by the Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association, is “Framing Your Identity,” which highlights the fact that people cannot be compartmentalized into specific, stereotypical categories.
Entertainment for the event will include a performance by the Touzan Taiko drummers, a reenactment of scenes from the play “FOB,” and a sampling of Persian music by pianist Amir London.
Suzuki, who served as president of Cal Poly Pomona from 1991 to 2003, will be the keynote speaker. Early in his presidency, he made it a priority to improve the academic and student life experience of historically underrepresented groups on campus. One result was the establishment of the cultural centers.
“It’s fitting that Dr. Suzuki be the keynote speaker on the 20th anniversary of the luncheon, which started on his watch,” says Dean of Students Rebecca Gutierrez Keeton. “He is a longtime proponent and supporter of diversity, identity development and social justice issues. He understood the important role cultural centers play on a university campus.”
Proceeds from the event go to scholarships. Recipients will be chosen by each of the affinity groups based on their work as diversity ambassadors on campus. In addition, students, faculty and staff members who have made a great contribution to diversity work will be recognized at the luncheon.
The event 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; and the DisABILITY Alliance.