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Brian Edwards
Jan 27, 2016

Day of Unity: #DearMontclairState

Jan 27, 2016 by Brian Edwards

2016 Day of Unity: #DearMontclairState

Date: Thursday, February 4, 2016
Community Photo Shoot: 10am - 4pm in the Student Center Rathskeller RSVP here
Keynote and Photo Release: 8pm in Memorial Auditorium RSVP here
Description: If you had one story to share with the world, what would you say?

That is the question posed by Dear World, an interactive, award-winning portrait project that unites people through pictures in their distinct message-on-skin style. Their work has been published in over 30 countries and has been featured on the Today Show, CNN, ESPN and in the New York Times, Washington Post and

With over 40,000 portraits of individuals from across the globe, the Dear World collection reveals the stories that make us human – stories of love, loss and hope. In celebration of our annual Day of Unity, Dear World will be live from Montclair State University with a community photo shoot on Thursday, February 4, from 10:00am-4:00pm in the Student Center Rathskeller, culminating with a keynote and photo release at 8:00pm in Memorial Auditorium. At the Keynote & Storytelling Event, the Dear World team shares portraits and stories that will make you smile, cry, and laugh out loud, and students are selected to share the stories behind their powerful portraits.

Dear World celebrates the diversity, the energy, the enthusiasm of the students, faculty, and staff. We realize that, through our stories, there is actually much more that brings us together than keeps us apart. 

"We all have stories and they deserve to be heard." What's yours? 

Learn more here:

Dear World College Tour from Dear World on Vimeo.

About Day of Unity

In 2012, President Susan A. Cole designated Tuesday, Feb. 7, as Montclair State University's Day of Unity in response to bias threats directed toward the LGBTQ community that occurred that same year on Jan. 26, 27 and 30. The day has since become one in which all members of the campus community are encouraged to attend and come together to celebrate our differences and re-confirm our commitment of creating a supportive campus environment for all. 

The inaugural Day of Unity consisted of a Unity Rally in the Student Center Quad and was cosponsored by the Student Government Association, SPECTRUMS, the Greek community, the NAACP and Brotherhood, and several women’s groups in conjunction with the LGBTQ Center. Students posted signs around campus that read, “Hate is not an MSU value.” This phrase has since become ingrained in our community.

The second annual Day of Unity took place in 2013 and included a full-day of community enriching events followed by a keynote address in Memorial Auditorium by Lt. Dan Choi, coordinated by students groups, the LGBTQ Center, and other constituents within the Center for Student Involvement.  

The third annual Day of Unity in 2014 featured a keynote address in the Student Center Ballrooms by James Clementi, brother of Tyler Clementi.

The fourth annual Day of Unity was in 2015 and showcased drag icons Shannel and Bebe Zahara Benet, from Ru'Pauls Drag Race. Performances, personal stories, and a meet-and-greet took place on Monday, March 2. 

Documents and Statements on Day of Unity