Due to Thursday's weather forecast of rain, possibly including thundershowers, and wind, the Unity Block Party is postponed. A makeup date has not been determined.

Old Dominion University will celebrate and welcome back its many unique and diverse campus communities with its inaugural Unity Block Party on Sept. 22 at Kaufman Mall.

The event was originally set for Sept. 13, but was rescheduled due to weather.

From 5 to 7 p.m., students, faculty and staff will be able to connect and enjoy music, performances, creative activities and food. The party is coordinated by the Office of Intercultural Relations in Student Engagement and Enrollment Services (SEES).

Kaufman Mall will be transformed into 13 "neighborhoods," with each area reflecting student organizations, chaplain neighbors and academic and university departments. Students can stroll along "Reignwood Drive" to visit with Greek Life and student organizations, take a spin through "Big Blue's Playground" to learn about recreation and wellness at ODU and visit "Crown Heights" to connect with first-year and first-generation Latinx, Black and Foster U students.

The Unity Block Party will also include the Monarchs Give Back: Community Service Initiative. Each neighborhood will collect nonperishable items for the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore.

"It is a time of festivities and fellowship, which we all need," said Lesa Clark, executive director for the Office of Intercultural Relations. "The 'neighborhood' concept was designed so that we can visually see our Monarch neighbors and physically visit and form relationships with some of our neighborhoods."

Each neighborhood has captured the vision of what it means to be part of a diverse and inclusive community and is motivated to make this a memorable day for all Monarchs, Clark said.

"We wanted these few hours to be a time for celebrating who we are and to experience the joy of engaging and learning about others," Clark said.

Neighborhood Guide

Explore the ODU community neighborhoods to meet with their "residents":

  • Monarch Heights

Academic Initiatives and the Academic Resource Center

High Impact Learning Initiatives

Trio Student Support Services

Transfer Initiatives and the Transfer Center

Completion Initiatives and Advisor Support

First Year Student Success

  • First Reign Lane

Center for Major Exploration & Mane Success Coaching


Student Support Services

ePortfolios & Digital Initiatives

Academic Success Initiatives & Support

First Star Old Dominion University Academy

Retention Initiatives, Dean of Student Office

  • Paws Garden

University Chaplains Association

  • Big Blue Avenue

ODU University Athletics

Big Blue

Monarch Cheer and Dance Teams

  • Reignwood Drive

Student Government Association

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Student organizations

Dean of Students

  • Big Blue's Playground

Recreation & Wellness

Outdoor Adventure Program


Health Promotion


Sports Clubs


  • Community Circle

Housing and Residence Life

  • Mane Lane

Military Connection

Women & Gender Equity Center

Male Initiatives

Office of Educational Accessibility

  • Crown Heights

Estudiantes Latinos Advisory Board

Asian Students in America

Black Leadership Advisory Council

Hispanic Latino Employee Association

Coalition Black Faculty & Administrators

Asian Caucus

  • Explorer's Den

The Graduate School

The Center for Global Engagement

Visa Service and Immigration Advising

Study Abroad

International student community

  • Monarch Maker Shore

Office of Admissions (Undergraduate, Graduate, International)

Office of Financial Aid

  • Pawsibility Place

Old Dominion University Libraries

  • Red Planet Road

Barry Art Museum

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