K-State To Close 1-3 PM November 14th For Unity Walk

All students, faculty and staff are encouraged to join together for the K-State Unity Walk to Anderson Hall lawn from 1-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14. The walk is a symbolic introduction to KSUnite, a communitywide program for diversity, inclusion and equity from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on the Anderson Hall lawn.

The Kansas State University administration has approved a rare closure of all classes and offices from 1-3 p.m. Nov. 14. All members of the community are encouraged to attend.

“This is a great opportunity for the university and the community to come together as we move forward to create a more inclusive and equitable campus,” said Jack Ayres, student body president. “All students should plan to join their campus family and be a part of this historic event.”

Faculty Senate President Brian Lindshield and University Support Staff Senate President Carrie Fink encourage all faculty, unclassified staff and university support staff to walk and be present at the KSUnite program.

There will be coordinated starting points across campus so people can walk together in unity. K-Staters are encouraged to wear purple and are asked to start walking together at 1 p.m. or when the Anderson Hall bells chime.

Ayres and Darrell Reese, president of the Black Student Union, are hosting the program. The Rev. Troy Bowers will give the invocation and President Richard Myers will provide a message of unity and outline steps that all K-Staters can take as the community moves forward.

Following KSUnite, K-Staters may share their written and spoken messages at facilitated conversations about education, reflection and action in the K-State Student Union.

More details will be forthcoming in K-State Today and social media.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids, and graduated from Valley Heights High School in May of 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communication. After stops at KFRM and KCLY radio in Clay Center, he joined KNDY in 2002 as a board operator and play by play announcer. Derek is now responsible for the digital content of Dierking Communications, Inc. six radio stations. In 2005 Derek joined the staff of KCFX radio in Kansas City as a production coordinator for the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, which airs on over 70 radio stations across 12 Midwest states and growing.