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NIU’s Unity Walk is back to promote Belonging on Day of Peace

September 13, 2021

NIU’s Unity Walk returns for its seventh year Tuesday, Sept. 21 — calling all Huskies and members of the larger community to come together in support of positive change.

This year, the event is interwoven with the approaching one-year anniversary of the Belonging initiative ongoing as a partnership between NIU and the cities of DeKalb and Rockford. The walk also falls on the International Day of Peace, with a 2021 theme of collectively creating harmony.

The event has been a beloved community tradition since it was initiated in 2014 by a local clergyperson, Pastor Joe Mitchell of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in DeKalb.

Students, employees and community members are invited to gather at 5 p.m. in the university’s MLK Commons, outside the Holmes Student Center, to honor the collaborative spirit of civic engagement as a force of transformation in our own spaces where we live, work and learn.

Parking is free after 4:30 p.m. in several areas of campus, including the Visitor Lot, Parking Garage and Campus Life Building. Following remarks at 5:15 p.m., the walk will proceed at 5:45 p.m. on Normal Drive to Lucinda Avenue through Greenbriar and back to MLK Commons.

Need disability-related accommodations? Please provide advance notice, if possible, to the Disability Resource Center at 815-753-1303. Learn more on the NIU event calendar listing.