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Misericordia Multicultural Club to host Unity Festival

‘Human chain’ to raise awareness about immigration reform
The Multicultural Club at Misericordia University will host a Unity Festival on Friday, April 25 from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Wells Fargo Amphitheater on the upper campus. The program is free and open to the public. It will include the formation of a human chain with members of the campus and regional communities coming together in order to show solidarity and to raise awareness for immigration reform.   The Unity Festival will recognize the many countries and cultures that make up the diverse Misericordia community through a showcase of food, dance, music, and traditions. Students will display art and artifacts, show pictures of their travels, provide information, and offer food samples from the countries they represent. There will be prizes for the most creative presentation.
Misericordia University student Andrew Casanova, a senior math and secondary education major from Hawley, Pa., is coordinating the event. He also serves as a volunteer with the Multicultural Education Office.
Casanova invites members of the community to participate in the human chain, which will begin formation at 5 p.m. “We will be locking arms and form a human chain to represent the Misericordia charism of Hospitality and bring attention to immigration reform,” Casanova explains. “By coming together as a campus community, the length of our chain will show that our small campus cares about the big issues. We will show that we reject racial profiling, prejudice, and hate crimes against people from other nations and that we embrace every new generation of immigrants and welcome growth for the United States. We are one family, one love, and we are diversity.”
In case of inclement weather, the festival events will be held in the Henry Student Lounge adjacent to the Banks Student Life Center. For additional information, please contact Casanova at Casanova@misericordia.edu or Maria Cabrera, multicultural student outreach coordinator, at mcabrera@misericordia.edu or by calling (570) 674-6160.
For more information about Misericordia University, please call (570) 674-6400 or log on to www.misericordia.edu. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 34 degree programs on the graduate and undergraduate levels in full- and part-time formats. Misericordia University ranks in the top tier of the Best Regional Universities – North category of U.S. News and World Report’s 2014 edition of Best Colleges and was designated a 2014 Best Northeastern College by the Princeton Review.

(Information from Paul Krzywicki
Assistant Director
Marketing Communications

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