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Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Events

2016 MLK Celebration Events

                       2016 Event Listings

Monday, January 11, 2016

Kick-Off Event
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, MU Horizon Room
Type of Event: Lecture, Workshop


Dr. Joseph Orosco, associate professor and director of OSU’s Peace Studies Program, will give a presentation and workshop titled “Places of Injustice,” which will focus on the question of places at OSU named after historical figures with ties to slavery and racism, to kick off the 2016 MLK Celebration.

Sponsor: Office of Equity and Inclusion

Contact: Binh.Le@oregonstate.edu

MLK Multi-Faith Prayer Service
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM, MU 208
Type of Event: Prayer Service


"All the great religions of the world inculcate the equality and brotherhood of mankind and the virtue of toleration… All religions of the world describe God pre-eminently as the Friend of the friendless, Help of the helpless, and Protector of the weak… It may be long before the law of love will be recognized in international affairs. The machineries of government stand between and hide the hearts of one people from those of another." -Mohandas Gandhi. "The hope of a secure and livable world lies with disciplined non-conformists who are dedicated to justice, peace and brotherhood." -The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In recognition of the deep spiritual grounding for the Rev. Dr. King's life and work, we offer this Multi-faith Prayer Service.  This will be a time when a variety of religious / faith / spiritual groups who are integral to the life of the OSU community are invited to gather together in celebration of diversity and unity in accord with the values proclaimed through the life and witness of Dr. King.  In the time prior to his death, Dr. King’s vision was clearly extending to a concern for our global community and both the challenge and imperative for us to find ways to live together in peace.  As suggested by the quotes above, such a vision is at the heart of the world’s great religious / spiritual traditions.

Sponsors: United Campus Ministry @ Westminster House, Campus Coalition Builders (CCB)

Contact: tim.stover@gmail.com

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Untold Stories: Histories of Students of Color at OSU
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, Start at MU Steps
Type of Event: Tour


Students of color at OSU have a long history of joining together in solidarity.  Their actions have resulted in positive changes across the campus that have benefited the entire OSU community.  The ALS 199 "Untold Stories: Histories of People of Color in Oregon" classes, along with Oregon Multicultural Archives, invite you to learn about some of these student histories on this guided tour.

Sponsors: Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Oregon Multicultural Archives

Contact: Kim.Mcaloney@oregonstate.edu

Practicing Justice with Graduate Teaching Assistants
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM, LBHBCC Gathering Hall
Type of Event: Workshop

University campuses are ringing with demands for justice. What role do Graduate Teaching Assistants play? We invite GTAs from across campus to a brief workshop exploring self-awareness, engaging their influence on classroom climate and pedagogy, and concluding with some creative self-care.

Sponsor: Educational Opportunities Program (EOP)

Contact: Shalece.Rains@oregonstate.edu

Friday, January 15, 2016

Revisiting Grit and Resilience
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM, LInC 268
Type of Event: Forum/Discussion

Grit, resilience and mindset have arisen from popular psychology to everyday use in higher education settings to explain why some people find success and others don't.  While there are benefits to using these constructs, this discussion will provide an opportunity to explore how their application may do our students a disservice. Participants will leave this event with a basic understanding of these constructs as well as their strengths and limitations.

Sponsors: Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), Academic Success Center (ASC)

Contact: Clare.Creighton@oregonstate.edu

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM (time varies by project) MU Horizon Conference Room 49/Corvallis Area
Event of Type: Service Project


The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is about coming together to honor Dr. King's life and legacy and help further his dream for peace by serving our neighbors and communities. MLK Day is an opportunity for us to honor Dr. King’s legacy through service. The MLK Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, builds bridges, breaks down barriers, addresses societal problems, and moves us closer to Dr.  King’s vision of strong, united communities. The MLK Day of Service includes 8-12 individual service projects meeting diverse community needs.

Registration required. For more information and to register for a project, visit: http://sli.oregonstate.edu/mlk

Sponsors: Student Leadership and Involvement Center for Civic Engagement, Linus Pauling Institute Healthy Youth Program

Contact: Emily.Bowling@oregonstate.edu

                                                          — Day of Observance —

Monday, January 18, 2016

34th Annual Peace Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM, MU Ballroom
Doors open for breakfast: 8:30 AM 
Type of Event: Celebration


Come to the 34th Annual Peace Breakfast with the presentation of recipients for the Phyllis S. Lee and Frances Dancy Hooks awards. The Keynote speaker is Jeff Chang, Executive Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University.

Tickets available in advance at the MU Information Desk starting Winter 2016 term or at the door the day of the breakfast:

$5 for Students
$10 for Non-Students
Children 5 and under free

Sponsors: Office of Equity and Inclusion, President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), Student Affairs, Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), School of Writing, Literature, & Film, School of Arts & Communication, School of Language, Culture & Society, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), OSU Libraries & Press, OSU Foundation, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Contact: Binh.Le@oregonstate.edu 

Student Activism Workshop
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM, Native American Longhouse
Type of Event: Workshop

Jeff will provide an overview of student activism, his experiences with the topic as a student at UC Berkeley, his observations with the current struggles, and then open it up for attendees. The workshop is open to all, though we are especially inviting students.

Sponsors: Office of Equity and Inclusion, President’s Commission on the Status of Women (PCOSW), Student Affairs, Diversity & Cultural Engagement (DCE), University Housing & Dining Services (UHDS), School of Writing, Literature, & Film, School of Arts & Communication, School of Language, Culture & Society, Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS), OSU Libraries & Press, OSU Foundation, Office of the President, Office of the Provost and Executive Vice President

Contact: Binh.Le@oregonstate.edu

Crime, Color and Incarceration
7:00 PM, Majestic Theater, 115 SW 2nd St, Corvallis
Type of Event: Lecture, Panel/Discussion

City of Corvallis celebration of the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Short video lecture by Dr. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness. Panel discussion by Amber Moody, Alex Riccio, and Dr. Robert Thompson of OSU, speaking on "Racism, Classism and the Prison-Industrial Complex."

Sponsor: Corvallis King Legacy Advisory Board

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Making the Unknown Known:  Exploring Implicit Bias in Everyday Life
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM, MU 206
Type of Event: Forum/Discussion


What do the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Fair Housing Act in late June, recent killings of black men by White police officers, and a person ordering coffee have in common? Answer: Implicit bias, which refers to attitudes or stereotypes that influence our perceptions, judgements, and behaviors in an unconscious manner.   In this workshop, participants will gain knowledge about the concept of implicit bias, discover how it shows up in their lives, and learn ways to uncover and challenge the implicit biases that contribute to injustice.

Sponsors: Campus Coalition Builders (CCB), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Contact: Michele.Ribeiro@oregonstate.edu

He(art) of Justice: Quiet Activism through the Arts
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Centro Cultural César Chávez Gathering Hall
Type of Event: Arts/Music/Poetry


Presentation and work session on the presence and importance of quiet activism in past and contemporary social justice movements with an emphasis on the arts, or Artivism, as an agent of social change.

Sponsor: Educational Opportunities Program - Meyer Program

Contact: Kayla.Kosaki@oregonstate.edu

Page by Page: Building Justice in the Library
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, Foyer, Valley Library
Type of Event: Arts/Music/Poetry

This collaborative art project asks for your help in imagining how Valley Library can better support racial justice and inclusion. Historically, libraries have been sites of information access and culture sharing, while also privileging some voices and values over others. Yet, even an imperfect space can be a site of empowerment and engagement: as Malcolm X reflected on the role the prison library had during his incarceration, “reading had changed forever the course of my life.” This is a drop-in event, so people will be welcome to stop by any time.

Sponsor: OSU Libraries & Press

Contact: Kelly.Mcelroy@oregonstate.edu

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Powered by Prison Orange?
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM, Snell International Forum
Type of Event: Forum/Discussion/Panel


Some OSU solar panels were manufactured by prison laborers who were paid $0.93 an hour. Powered by Prison Orange participants will discuss the complexities of making decisions that are social just, economically fair, and environmentally friendly when two or more of these areas are in conflict.

Sponsors: Student Leadership and Involvement, Student Sustainability Initiative, Social Change Leadership Program, Center for Civic Engagement

Contact: Jen.Christionmyers@oregonstate.edu

I Learn America
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM, ILLC 155
Type of Event: Movie


I Learn America is a documentary film that follows five teenagers at the International High School at Lafayette, a Brooklyn public high school dedicated to newly arrived immigrants from all over the world. It is a coming of age film that highlights issues of mastering English, family dynamics, gender identity, adapting to life in the United States, and more. We will have time for discussion after the film.

Sponsors: Social and Environmental Justice Work Group in the College of Education, College Assistance Migrant Program, INTO OSU

Contact: Stacey.Lee@oregonstate.edu

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Speaking Justice Workshop: HIV and The State
3:00 PM, Asian & Pacific Cultural Center
Type of Event: Workshop

Explore HIV and The State with renowned poet Timothy DuWhite Thursday, January 21st at 3pm in the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center. This workshop will examine how race, gender, class and the "medical industrial complex" inform how we talk about, treat, and live with HIV/AIDS. Light refreshments will be provided and this event is free and open to the public.

Sponsors: University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS)Diversity and Cultural Engagement (DCE)Residence Hall AssociationStudent Leadership & Involvement

Contact: Teresita.Alvarez-Cortez@oregonstate.edu

Speaking Justice
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, MU Lounge
Type of Event: Arts/Music/Poetry

Speaking Justice is an annual event that brings the OSU community together for a night of spoken word poetry advancing the mission of MLK and the theme selected for the celebration. The purpose of this event is both entertainment and a call out to community. The event has two parts: first, a community performance section that allows about 6-8 performers the space to share their voice; second, a contracted performance focused on social justice issues like environmental, gender, racial, and queer justice, as well as, many other intersections. Guest performer Timothy DuWhite. Speaking Justice is in its fifth year as an annual event of the MLK Celebration.

Sponsors: University Housing and Dining Services (UHDS), Diversity and Cultural Engagement (DCE), Residence Hall Association, Student Leadership & Involvement

Contact: Teresita.Alvarez-Cortez@oregonstate.edu

Friday, January 22, 2016

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dance
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM, Snell International Forum
Type of Event: Forum/Discussion

As you know the Dr. M.L.K. Jr. week celebration is packed full of events which stimulate the OSU community to take a deeper look into the incredible work and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The annual MLK Dance is a wonderful way to bring everyone together in a different setting so that they can unwind and reconnect around the issues they've learned throughout the week. The goal of the MLK Dance is not only to celebrate Dr. King's incredible life, but also to educate the campus community about Dr. MLK Jr.'s Greek affiliation as a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. Prior to the dance we will be providing an in-depth presentation about the history of the multicultural Greek community and Dr. MLK Jr.'s role in this history. The dance to follow will provide a relaxed environment for student's to connect and network around these issues.

Sponsor: Gamma Alpha Omega Sorority Inc.

Contact: velezca@oregonstate.edu

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