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Better Together Day is April 11

The Better Together Campaign will celebrate its fourth year at Ohio University with Better Together Day. The festivities will take place 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 11, in the Bobcat Student Lounge on the first floor of Baker University Center.  

The free public event will feature music by DJ Barticus, free food, prizes and opportunities to learn about how to get involved with Better Together, a national movement to engage college students from all and no faith traditions to work together on pressing community issues.

The event also will include information tables and an opportunity to participate in Hillel's Got Swabbed? bone marrow drive as well as an interfaith photo booth. Students are encouraged to wear blue, Better Together's signature color and to make a dollar donation to CFI. Featured guests include representatives from Community Food Initiatives (CFI), the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, United Campus Ministry, Hillel at Ohio University and the Muslim Student Association.

Better Together is supported by United Campus Ministry and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Its mission is to bring students of all and no faith traditions together to voice their values, engage with others, and act together around the shared value of service to others and the community. Since 2010, the campaign has been recognized for its focus on building interfaith cooperation through activities to address local hunger and environmental issues.

Winning two awards from the Interfaith Youth Core and recognition from the White House Interfaith Service Campus Challenge, Better Together has had another successful year raising money for Community Food Initiatives, removing thousands of pounds of trash with Rural Action's Monday Creek Watershed Restoration Project and raising awareness on campus with films and discussions about hunger.

Close partnerships with the Residential Housing, Campus Involvement and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion have expanded Better Together's capacity to engage students and have an impact.  

"We are excited to celebrate another great year of building interfaith cooperation through shared values and service to the community," said Melissa Wales, executive director of United Campus Ministry. "Better Together is a great example of how religious diversity is an asset to our campus and our community and how students can develop as the engaged, experienced, diversity-savvy leaders we need them to be when they graduate."

For more information, email bettertogetherou@gmail.com or call 740-593-7301.