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Radford University’s Inaugural Unity Fest Slated For April 22
By Courtney Young
The first of its kind, Unity Fest, sponsored by the Student Government Association and R-Space will be held on Saturday, April 22 from 1-5 p.m. on Moffett Lawn.
The goal of Unity Fest is to recognize the tradition of diversity and inclusion on campus and in the community by bringing the Highlander Community together as one.
Kevon DuPree, a senior in media studies, who is also the Board of Visitors Student Representative, has been instrumental in the envisioning of Unity Fest at the Radford University campus.
“It was time Radford held an event such as this where different students from all walks of campus and different organizations can come together, have a good time, and celebrate our diversity,” DuPree said.
Unity Fest is open to the university as well as the New River Valley community. Everyone is invited out to this free event to enjoy food trucks, performances, games and other activities. As an added bonus, attendees will also be treated to free t-shirts.
The idea of Unity Fest originated at the Virginia Leadership Academy. DuPree and Jacinda Jones, another media studies senior, who is the SGA president, were inspired by lessons learned at the academy.
The two, in conjunction with the Unity Fest Committee, which includes representatives from other student organizations, have been working on this event since the beginning of the Fall 2016 semester.
After months of hard work, Unity Fest is finally coming to fruition and attendees can look forward to involvement from Greek Life, Student Government, the Latino Student Alliance, and many more groups.
Jones says, “We hope that this works to be a new tradition that will continue after we graduate, and provide something fun for students to look forward to every year.”
To find out more about the event, visit the RU Involved page, or follow @radfordunityfes on Twitter.