UC Community lends their voices to virtual speak-out event

2020 Virtual Speak Out Event

More than two dozen members of the Utica College community came together September 2 for an evening of personal reflections and sharing of experiences in a virtual speak-out event. 

The speak-out brought to a close a series of events throughout the day to mark the 2020 Walk a Mile for Unity, bringing Utica College students, faculty, staff, and administrators together to affirm their commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

The walk began at 8:46 am with a virtual and campus wide period of reflection to recognize the pain and suffering George Floyd experienced, the day continued at 12:30 p.m. with President Laura Casamento and representatives from the Utica College community inviting all to Walk A Mile For Unity and reflect on what this Walk means for everyone at this time – as individuals, as a College community, and members of the broader local and national communities. From 1-7 p.m., groups of 8 or less met at Duffy Plaza where Unity Walk volunteers directed groups accordingly, based on social distancing guidelines. The walk ended in a tent outside of Strebel Student Center where walkers are invited to sign the Pledge for Unity and created their own individual pledge for the year. No matter where participants were that day, they were encouraged to join their fellow Pioneers in the Walk A Mile For Unity, walking a mile on their own during the day and sharing photos on social media using the hashtag #UCommUNITY.

Hosted by Dr. Anthony Baird, Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer, the culminating virtual speak-out event included Voices from the Village, Alumni Voices, and Closing Remarks and was broadcast as a Facebook Live event on UC’s Facebook page.

The virtual speak-out event can be viewed below:


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