In Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King

For several decades Wesleyan has celebrated the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration has taken various forms including prominent keynote speakers such as Johnetta Cole and Sonia Sanchez to a campus based program where members of the faculty, staff and students read portions of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech.

Access, Equity, & Inclusion: How are you living the Dream?

Schedule of Events

Monday, January 27 - Friday, January 31, 2014

Civil Rights Landmarks Display
Usdan University Center, North Display Case

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

4:15 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. at Wesleyan
Smith Reading Room, Olin Library
Between 1962 and 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Wesleyan four times. In 1964, he received an honorary degree and delivered the baccalaureate sermon during commencement. University Archivist Leith Johnson will recall Dr. King’s association with Wesleyan in an audiovisual presentation that will include excerpts from the sermon Dr. King delivered on campus fifty years ago.

5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
The Civil Rights Movement at Wesleyan: An Open House in Special Collections & Archives
Davison Rare Book Room, Olin Library (1st Floor East)
Photographs, documents, and other materials related to the Wesleyan community’s participation in the Civil Rights Movement will be on display in the Davison Rare Book Room.  Highlights of social and academic life on campus will provide context.  Drop in to browse and chat about the era with Director of Special Collections Suzy Taraba and University Archivist Leith Johnson.

Friday, January 31, 2014

10 a.m. - 12 noon - Session Block I

Film Screening & Discussion:
Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity
Facilitated by Professor Sarah Mahurin & Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer
Room 001, PAC
Join us for a viewing of the film Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequality by Dr. Shakti Butler. The film segments are braided with facilitated dialogue and helps groups to deepen their understanding of the system of inequity and move to action.

Inside-Out & Outside-In: A Creative Identity Workshop
Facilitated by Elisa Cardona, Director of Student Activities & Leadership Development
& Joanne Rafferty, Associate Director of Usdan University Center
Room B25/Multi-Purpose Room, Usdan University Center
Join us for a creative exploration of perception and reality of our own identities and ways to build meaningful relationships with others.

Our Institutional Commitment to Racial Justice:
Exploring Students of Color Leadership Narratives
Facilitated by Luz Burgos-Lopez '09,
Director for Campus Life ALANA Center, Vassar College
Theater Rehearsal Room, Fayerweather
In this interactive session, we will discuss and explore the racialized experiences of leaders of color at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). I will present my thematic findings of the gathered narratives to better understand the leadership experiences of students of color. During the session, participants will engage in reflection of campus culture and the need for a socially conscious leadership curriculum. In addition, we will participate in an identity based activity and preview the "Vassar's Privilege Campaign."

It takes a push to change the demographics of who does science.
Where are the women & minorities?
Facilitated by Suzanne O'Connell & Rachel Leicher '15, LaNell Williams '15,
Kate Cullen '16, & Karen Warren, Director of User & Technical Services
Room 110, Usdan University Center
We will present data about women and minorities in science nationally and at Wesleyan. Both groups are poorly represented in the Wesleyan science faculty. Women are present in many undergraduate STEM majors, but minorities are still underrepresented. We will discuss some programs that have been successful at other institutions and what is being done at Wesleyan.  Then with participants we will discuss how successful the the Wesleyan programs are and what else could be done to promote more diversity within STEM faculty and majors.

Race and Religion: The Sin on Sunday Morning
Facilitated by Reverend Da Vita McCallister
Room 108, Usdan University Center
This workshop is intended to provide participants with the skills to unmask and dismantle racism buried within the Christian American context. The workshop will include the six stages of the Multi-Racial/Multi-Cultural Spectrum:  Tolerance, Acceptance, Respect, Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique or T.A.R.A.S.C.

1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Session Block II

Film Screening & Discussion: White Like Me
Facilitated by Professor Sarah Mahurin & Antonio Farias, Chief Diversity Officer
Room 001, PAC
Join us for a screening of White Like Me, based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise, explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege. In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we've entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look back at the race-based white entitlement programs that built the American middle class, and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today. For years, Tim Wise's bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some of our most basic assumptions about race in America. White Like Me is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen -- to show how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics, and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about.

Barriers to Inclusion
Facilitated by Professor Clara Wilkins
Room B25/Multi-Purpose Room, Usdan University Center
Join us for a discussion on the psychological theories and data that inform the difficulties with creating a fully-inclusive environment. This discussion will touch on barriers for both high status and marginalized groups, and end with some potential recommendations.

Our Institutional Commitment to Racial Justice:
Exploring Students of Color Leadership Narratives
Facilitated by Luz Burgos-Lopez '09,
Director for Campus Life ALANA Center, Vassar College
Theater Rehearsal Room, Fayerweather
In this interactive session, we will discuss and explore the racialized experiences of leaders of color at Predominantly White Institutions (PWI). I will present my thematic findings of the gathered narratives to better understand the leadership experiences of students of color. During the session, participants will engage in reflection of campus culture and the need for a socially conscious leadership curriculum. In addition, we will participate in an identity based activity and preview the "Vassar's Privilege Campaign."

It takes a push to change the demographics of who does science.
Where are the women & minorities?
Facilitated by Suzanne O'Connell & Rachel Leicher '15, LaNell Williams '15,
Kate Cullen '16, & Karen Warren, Director of User & Technical Services
Room 110, Usdan University Center
We will present data about women and minorities in science nationally and at Wesleyan. Both groups are poorly represented in the Wesleyan science faculty. Women are present in many undergraduate STEM majors, but minorities are still underrepresented. We will discuss some programs that have been successful at other institutions and what is being done at Wesleyan.  Then with participants we will discuss how successful the the Wesleyan programs are and what else could be done to promote more diversity within STEM faculty and majors.

Race and Religion: The Sin on Sunday Morning
Facilitated by Reverend Da Vita McCallister
Room 108, Usdan University Center
This workshop is intended to provide participants with the skills to unmask and dismantle racism buried within the Christian American context. The workshop will include the six stages of the Multi-Racial/Multi-Cultural Spectrum:  Tolerance, Acceptance, Respect, Affirmation, Solidarity, and Critique or T.A.R.A.S.C.

3:15 p.m.
MLK Celebration & Keynote Address
Memorial Chapel

Keynote Address by:

Anti-Racist Activist

Tim Wise

Click here to learn more about Tim Wise.

Reception and book signing to follow in the Zelnick Pavillion.
Books will be available for purchase during the signing.

 Butler

This is a ticketed event, tickets are free
Limited quantities are available at the University Box Office, Usdan University Center
Faculty/Staff Tickets available Tuesday, January 14
Students Tickets available Thursday, January 23
Greater Middletown community members - reserve tickets for keynote here

See the keynote address webcast here.