Com­mu­nity links hands, takes unity pledge KU Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Board pres­i­dent at KU Unity Day: ‘Kind­ness is some­thing all of us can con­trib­ute within our Kutz­town com­mu­nity’

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Pa­trick Moyer Kutz­town Univer­sity sopho­more

Kutz­town Univer­sity hosted a Unity Day to link the com­mu­nity to­gether in a pledge of unity on Thurs­day, Aug. 31.

Gath­ered on the McFar­land Stu­dent Union lawn were nu­mer­ous on-cam­pus groups like PSECU, as well as groups and busi­nesses from Kutz­town Bor­ough, such as the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Part­ner­ship and Pop’s Malt Shoppe, set up giv­ing away items as well as in­for­ma­tion.

“To­day we come to­gether in unity, to bond to­gether as in­di­vid­u­als, and to build com­mu­nity,” said the new KU As­sis­tant Vice Pres­i­dent and Dean of Stu­dents Dono­van McCargo about the mo­tive for Unity Day.

The event aimed to not only bond to­gether the univer­sity com­mu­nity, but the univer­sity’s com­mu­nity’s bond with the bor­ough’s com­mu­nity.

“In unity we block out our dif­fer­ences, our is­sues, and our in­di­vid­u­al­i­ties, in ex­change for a sin­gle pur­pose to work to­gether, bridge gaps, and move for­ward ideas that im­prove the places we live, work, and play,” said McCargo.

Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Pres­i­dent Ken­neth Hawkin­son shared a mes­sage of not let­ting oth­ers tear apart the Kutz­town com­mu­nity.

“There have been many groups in our coun­try that are try­ing to tear us apart, but we’re not go­ing to let that hap­pen here at KU,” Hawkin­son said.

Ray Dun­kle, the Amer­i­can Fed­er­a­tion of State, County and Mu­nic­i­pal Em­ploy­ees (AFSCME) Pres­i­dent, shared a mes­sage about the strength of the Kutz­town com­mu­nity when in­di­vid­u­als come to­gether.

“Here at Kutz­town Univer­sity, when staff, fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tion, and stu­dents all work to­gether, for the bet­ter meant of all, we all suc­ceed,” said Dun­kle.

KU un­der­grad­u­ate se­nior Rachael Wolfe shared a mes­sage to all in at­ten­dance about over­com­ing ig­no­rance that is as­so­ci­ated with hate and fear.

Wolfe said, “Hate and fear are learned, they are also easy to em­brace, toxic to all, and stem from ig­no­rance more of­ten than not.”

Nyko­lai Blichar, a grad­u­ate stu­dent at Kutz­town Univer­sity,

shared his feel­ings about the unity of the Kutz­town com­mu­nity, stat­ing, “I found a univer­sity that cher­ished and cel­e­brated di­ver­sity and in­clu­sion, and most im­por­tantly, I found a place where peo­ple didn’t see dif­fer­ences as di­viders, but uni­fiers.”

Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment Board Pres­i­dent Molly Gal­lagher spread a mes­sage about kind­ness.

“Kind­ness is some­thing all of us can con­trib­ute within our Kutz­town com­mu­nity. I en­cour­age you all to cre­ate echoes of kind­ness mov­ing for­ward,” said Gal­lagher.

Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Unity Day ended with stu­dents, fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tion, and bor­ough res­i­dents link­ing hands and tak­ing a unity pledge that was led by Dono­van McCargo.

SUBMITTED PHOTO — KUTZ­TOWN UNIVER­SITY

Kutz­town Univer­sity’s Unity Day on Aug. 31 ended with stu­dents, fac­ulty, ad­min­is­tra­tion, and bor­ough res­i­dents link­ing hands and tak­ing a unity pledge.

SUBMITTED PHOTO — KUTZ­TOWN UNIVER­SITY

Kutz­town Univer­sity’s new as­sis­tant vice pres­i­dent and dean of stu­dents Don­a­van McCargo speaks dur­ing the Unity Day on the McFar­land Stu­dent Union lawn on Aug. 31.

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