Celebrate 50 Years of Unity House

Join us as we celebrate half a century of memories, achievements, and cherished connections that have made Unity House the special place it is today. In honor of this milestone, we have a year-long schedule of events, programs, and opportunities to give back. The celebration kicked off at Fall Weekend 2023 and will continue through Celebrations Weekend during Reunion Weekend (May 31 - June 2, 2024). Stay tuned for additional details on upcoming events. Let's join together to acknowledge and celebrate the courageous alumni who fought and advocated for the creation of this powerful space on campus!

How can you participate and contribute? Check out our upcoming slate of events.

“I have a dream”: MLK Day and 50-years of Unity House Reflections
In honor of Martin Luther King Day and the Unity House 50th Anniversary, reflect on your past experiences as Conn students and your future vision for Unity House and Connecticut College. Share your insights here.

Reflections on the Beloved Community: Stories and Memories of Unity House.
Share your memories and reflections on the personal meaning of Unity House
here.

Phenomenal Woman Award Nominations
In celebration of Women's History Month (March 2024), we will be selecting five phenomenal women whom we plan to honor during a special awards ceremony and reception. Submit your nominations here.

Eclipse Weekend & Alumni Mixer | April 4 - 6, 2024
Join the Connecticut College community, in partnership with the United States Coast Guard Academy for Eclipse Weekend — an annual showcase of culture and unity dating back to 1975. The USCGA is taking this program back to its roots: a partnership between the USCGA and Connecticut College. A full weekend schedule and registration page can be found here. Connecticut College alums are invited to be a part of any part of this weekend, but would like to call your attention to three programs in particular:
- April 5, 2024 | Affinity Council Fair, USCGA, 4 - 5 p.m.
- April 5, 2024 | Eclipse Talent Show, USCGA, 6 - 10 p.m.
- April 5, 2024 | CC and USCGA Mixer, Unity House, 3 - 5 p.m.

Celebrations Reunion| May 31 - June 2, 2024
Join fellow Connecticut College alumni of color from all generations during Reunion Weekend to reminisce and CELEBRATE! Come back to campus to catch up with friends and enjoy a full weekend schedule of activities, culminating a special year-long celebration for the 50th anniversary of Unity House. This is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the courageous alumni who, over the years, have worked tirelessly to create a welcoming space for students of color within our campus community. Registration will launch in the early Spring.

Past 50th Celebration Events: Thank you to all who attended!

December 7, 2023 | Celebrating Unity at the Barkley L. Hendricks Exhibit at the Frick Madison
Thank you to all who joined us in New York City for the private, docent-led tour of the Barkley L. Hendricks: Portraits at the Frick exhibit. It was wonderful to mingle with alumni while reveling in the impactful artwork created by Hendricks. After the tour, the group adjourned to The Blue Mezze Bar on the Upper East Side. Learn more and enjoy a CC Magazine article spotlighting the late Professor Emeritus of Studio Art Barkley L. Hendricks and his iconic contributions to Connecticut College. 


October 6-8, 2023 | Unity House - 50 Years of Unity Fall Weekend Celebration
During Fall Weekend 2023, students, families, friends, and alumni gathered together to kick off our 50th Anniversary of Unity House celebrations. This was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community to honor the legacy of a historic place and presence on campus that has impacted so many in such a meaningful way! Programming included an exhibit on the 50 years of history; religious and cultural panel discussions; and open houses at both Unity House and the LGBTQIA+ Center. The weekend culminated with an evening reception featuring the premiere of the 50 Years of Unity House Video, vibrant student artwork, and dancing the night away to the beats from our alumni DJs, Frank Tuitt ’87 & Leo Bellamy ’89. The event opened with words from Nakia Hamlett, Interm Dean of Institutional Equity and Inclusion, who was joined by Ashley Cheeks '26 and Ronnie Venture '86 to express what Unity House represents past, present, and future.

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