Unity Fest aims to bring the campus and the community together on April 20, 2024


Illinois College is hosting their first Unity Fest to promote inclusivity and connect the greater Jacksonville community with the Illinois College community on Saturday, April 20, 2024.

The event will take place from 4 - 7 p.m. on the Upper Quad. This all-ages event is free and open to the public. Interested parties are encouraged to RSVP at the link, but it is not required.

“Our goal for this event is to bridge the gap between Illinois College and local communities,” Student Senate president Paige Walker '25 explains, “This event aims to be both engaging and enlightening, offering insights into Greek Life, Identity Organizations, and the overall diversity illustrated both in the local community and at Illinois College.”

Attendees are invited to participate in activities and engage in various cultures. Student organizations that will be present include the African Student Union, the Black Student Union, Disability Rights Education Advocacy and Mentoring, Koine (international students), Students for Sexual and Gender Equality, and the Women’s Advocacy and Communications Club. Joining in on the Fest's activities and representing the diversity of the Greek community are IC's historic Literary Societies and national service fraternity, Alpha Phi Omega.

Activities include: 

  • Stress management activities and coloring sheets 
  • Rock, Mini canvas, & Cantaritos painting 
  • Cupcake Decorating
  • Dance Lessons
  • DIY Bracelets, Lanyards, and Tote Bags
  • Build your own flower bouquet 
  • Yard Games 
  • Chalk Art 
  • Photo Walls
  • International Candy/Snack Tasting
  • "Petting Zoo" - Cats and Dogs

Along with activities for all ages, participants are encouraged to speak with Divine 9 Greek organizations. The Divine Nine are nine internationally-recognized, historically black fraternities and sororities that were first founded in 1906. They differentiate from your typical Greek life in that you don’t have to be attending a college or university to join. It is a lifelong commitment. There will be local chapters from all 9 organizations attending this event from Springfield, Decatur, and Bloomington.

To RSVP to the event, click here

About Illinois College

Founded in 1829, Illinois College is a residential liberal arts college fostering academic excellence rooted in opportunities for experiential learning while preparing students for lifelong success. The college is located in Jacksonville, Illinois. With an enrollment of more than 1,000 students, the college offers over 50 undergraduate programs. In 1932, the society of Phi Beta Kappa established a chapter at Illinois College, and it remains one of only 11 in the state.

Illinois College is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association.

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