Unity in Diversity

“Unity in Diversity: Embrace it, Live it, Experience it!”

For more than two decades both the University and the Department of Communication have sponsored events that promote awareness and appreciation for the diverse cultures and experiences of our students. As a department, our goal is to give voice and validation to these aspects of our students’ lives. Our aim is to foster an environment that encourages diversity, cultivates tolerance, and enhances each student’s uniqueness. Therefore, each year we proudly sponsor a speech contest for COMS 100 and COMS 100P students.

“Unity in Diversity: Embrace it, Live it, Experience it!” will afford students the opportunity to discuss their cultural identity, their experiences, and their self-representation. Students are encouraged to use their informative speeches to demonstrate how sharing their personal journeys can help shape the future and/or promote understanding in our society.

The following criterion has been established:

  • 5-7 minutes in length
  • Have an introduction, body, and conclusion with sufficient supporting material
  • Be adapted to a diverse audience
  • Have sound delivery and preparation

The top 6 speakers will advance to the final round and receive certificates attesting to their participation. The top 3 will receive awards and an invitation to the Annual Diversity and Equity Gala held in April.

  • First place wins a flat screen television. The student will present their winning speech at the Diversity and Equity Awards Gala. They will be allowed to invite their family and friends.
  • Second place wins IPod Nano.
  • Third place wins Sony Cybershot Camera.

Participation is voluntary, but please encourage your students to take part. This experience is a positive resume builder and an activity worth mentioning on scholarship or organization applications.

  • Entry forms are available in WH 229, 231, 235, DU 259 and online.
  • Deadline for enrollment is Friday, April 5, 2013.
  • The preliminary round will be on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 4:15pm.
  • The final round will be Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 7:00pm. This event is open to the public!

If you need more information, please contact Melissa Entzminger via email mentzminger1@niu.edu or Lisa Roth via email lroth1@niu.edu. Judging information will be announced soon, so watch your mail!

We look forward to this year’s contest!

2013-Unity in Diversity Team