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#ECUnited is far more than a simple hashtag.  #ECUnited is a grassroots student movement that started in 2015 and is growing each semester.   #ECUnited challenges the East Carolina community to bridge the worlds of ideas and actions.

Through its programs, advocacy, and education, the #ECUnited movement works to deepen the understanding of the issues that impact our local and global communities. This movement will serve as the home for current and future initiatives that fit within this ideal including Cupola Conversations, Pledge Purple, the North Carolina Civility Summit and Play for Peace.

Cupola Conversations
Cupola - Gun Violence

Cupola Conversations

The Division of Student Affairs launched Cupola Conversations last year and will continue in Fall 2017.  The program aims to create informal opportunities for the university community to engage in constructive dialogue about various topics, some of which may be controversial and potentially provocative.

The Cupola Conversation will be held in a Town Hall style format as well as streamed live on Facebook Live.  The program features a panel discussion about civil discourse.. Panelists will share opinions and thoughts about what they believe is needed to engage in better, more constructive, conversations about a specific topic or general concept.

The objective is to promote a shared understanding of the value of diversity across the spectrum and to create and maintain a civil, welcoming campus climate for everyone.  Additionally, this initiative will serve to create an institutional culture that welcomes and nourishes difficult conversations throughout university life.

 Fall 2017 Cupola Conversations

  • August 24th at 6pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room 244 - Topic "Charlottesville"
  • September 27th at 5pm in Mendenhall Student Center, Room  244 - Topic is Understanding DACA
  • November 8th at 5pm in MSC 244 - Topic is "Gun Violence: A search for answers"

Unity March

NAACP Unity March

The ECU Chapter of NAACP has teamed up with ECUnited to organize the annual NAACP Unity March.  It was held during the week of the United Nations International Peace Day (Sept. 21) at 4pm on the Mendenhall Brickyard. The goal of the march is to show that despite what is occurring outside of our campus we are still unified as Pirate Nation.

The March promotes the value of diversity across all spectrums and to show that our differences are what makes us stronger.  Additionally, this initiative will serve as an annual event that highlights our diversity at ECU.  The March is being sponsored by multiple student organizations as well as the Division of Student Affairs.

Pledge Purple

Pledge Purple

Pledge Purple is a yearlong initiative, focused on education and advocacy with the goal of ending sexual violence, harassment, and bullying.  The university provides one week of focused programming in the fall, with this year's activities scheduled for October 2-4, 2017.

The Pledge
I will no use my hands or words in acts of violence, bullying or sexual assault.  I will educate myself about what violence, bullying and sexual assault looks like in the Pirate community.  I will support my fellow Pirates and safely intervene as an active bystander if I witness scenarios of violence, bullying or sexual assault.

2017 Pledge Purple Week Schedule:

  • Monday October 2, 2017 - PLEDGE DAY
    • Sign the Pledge and learn more at the Resource Fair
    • 11am - 2pm on both Main Campus (ECU Mall) and the Health Sciences Campus Student Center (Starbucks Lounge)
  • Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - "IT'S ON US TOO" and TAKE BACK THE NIGHT
    • 12:00pm - 1:00pm Golf Cart Trivia & Social Media campaigns on both Main Campus and HSC Campus
    • 3:00pm - 5:00pm "It's On Us Too" on both Main Campus (Wright Plaza) and the HSC Student Center (Entrance)
    • 5:30pm Survivor's Vigil in Mendenhall Student Center Room 244
    • 6:30pm Take Back the Night Walk begins in MSC Hendrix Theatre (Main Campus) and Starbucks Lounge (HSC Student Center)
  • Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - PLEDGE PURPLE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
    • Jay Asher, author of 13 Reasons Why
    • 7:00pm in Hendrix Theatre

NC Civility

North Carolina Civility Summit

Student Involvement and Leadership, in collaboration with Intercultural Affairs, Black Student Union, Student Activities Board, Student Government Association, and Civility Committee, hosted the first NC Civility Summit in 2016. The program is aimed at promoting understanding and positive change on East Carolina University’s campus and beyond. The 2016 Summit featured a keynote by Opal Tometi, executive director of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration and co-founder of the Black Lives Matter Movement. Ndaba Mandela, grandson of the late Nelson Mandela and co-founder and co-chairman of the Africa Rising Foundation opened the 2017 event.

In addition to the keynote speech, the Civility Summit provides opportunities for student, faculty, staff, and community member attendees from the state and region to engage in conversations about civility and how it intersects with topics such as activism, race, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, and global affairs. The over-arching goal of the event is for these conversations to fuel participants’ desires to make changes in themselves which would aid their work in becoming positive change agents.

Play for Peace

Play for Peace

After a challenging 2016, East Carolina University students came together with the desire to create a program that promotes the positive message of ONE Pirate Nation. The Play for Peace Concert is part of the #ECUnited movement and utilizes music to send a message of unity to the entire Greenville and East Carolina community.
The Concert will connect the community by being focused on One Pirate Nation and is sponsored by multiple student organizations as well as the ECU Police Department, Student Affairs, and Student Involvement & Leadership.