12th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week
Foster a Sense of Belonging | January 16-20, 2023
This year, the College of Agriculture and College of Health & Human Sciences are partnering with Willowstone Family Services. If you would like support the Willowstone Family Services, please write "Dr. MLK Jr. Week" in the comments with your donation.
Contact Dr. Linnette White, email@example.com if you require accommodations for any of the events.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Annual Day of Service
Annual day of service for Purdue students, faculty and staff to connect with the community and provide support to new and ongoing service projects. Please consider the following agencies to connect.
- Purdue Campus Activities through Boilers in Action
from 8:30 AM – 12:00 ET (RSVP by January 9th)
- Willowstone Family Services
- Food Finders
- Grow Local Lafayette
- LTHC Homeless Services
- Hanna Community Center
screening + discussion
11:30am - 1:30 pm
REJECT takes a science-based and solution-oriented look at the roots of bullying behavior and violent behavior against the self or others. The film aims to raise public consciousness about the serious and potentially lethal consequences of interpersonal rejection in its many forms. This film can be viewed on Kanopy by creating a free account with a Purdue email.
The event includes a post-screening Q&A with Dr. Kip Williams, College of Health and Human Sciences
Facilitator: Dr. Josh Widhalm, Associate Professor of Horticulture
"Sense of Belonging"
Dr. Terrell Strayhorn
Keynote Speaker 12-1:30PM
Dr. Strayhorn will spend the day engaging audiences to “explore how belonging differs based on students’ social identities, such as race, gender, sexual orientation, or the conditions they encounter on campus. This includes student sub-populations and campus environments. His book will be available for purchase. Strayhorn, T. L. (2018). College students’ sense of belonging: A key to educational success for all students. Routledge.
Facilitators: Dr. Laura Ingwell, Assistant Professor, Department of Entomology (Keynote) and Dr. Linnette White, Assistant Director for Faculty and Staff Development, Office of Multicultural Programs, Purdue Agriculture (Workshops)
A recording of Dr. Strayhorn's keynote is available upon request via Dr. Linnette White.
Wellbeing in Times of Uncertainty
Panel Discussion, 12:00-1:30 pm
Facilitator: Carmen Morrow, Senior Administrative Assistant, Purdue HHS Deans' Office
Panelists from CHL: Megan Shidler, Jessica L. McKeever, Amanda Hathcock, Whitney Soto
Creating an Atmosphere “You Belong” in the Workplace
Panel Discussion, 12:00-1:30 pm
The panel discussed the importance of developing programs in the workplace that support diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. These are BIPOC leaders in their Industries', supporting or leading DEI initiatives.
Facilitator: James Monger, retired DEI Manager, Cargill
- Dr. Kirt Durand (Syngenta)
- Broderick Lewis (Tyson Foods)
- Laurene Lonneman (Elanco)
- Dr. Chastity Love (Syngenta)
Unsung Diversity Hero Awards
Watch the Unsung Diversity Hero awards presented by Dr. Pamala Morris.