5th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week

Celebrating Diversity: The New Age Of Equality

Tuesday, January 19, 2016​

Dr. Casarae Gibson
KING: The Man
Dr. Casarae Gibson

Special Film Clips + Dialogue

Casarae Gibson, PhD

Brown Bag Lunch Event
Pfendler Hall - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM 

DATA BROCHURE Gibson-2016.pdfDATA BROCHURE Gibson-2016.pdf

Dr. Gibson will discuss civil rights visionary and legend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., an ordinary man with extraordinary talent. Using video snippets and documentation, she will address questions, myths, and the relevance of King’s message today while performing a comparative analysis with current social and political eventsLocation PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring your lunch and bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition.


Wednesday, January 20, 2016

David Sawyer
Cultural & Social Change
David Sawyer

Special Guest Speaker

David Sawyer
"Blue Streets: A History of American Homelossness"

Brown Bag Lunch Event

Pfendler Building - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM

DATA BROCHURE Sawyer-2016.pdfDATA BROCHURE Sawyer-2016.pdf

Mr. Sawyer will explain the path to civil rights and how it was, is and will be.  He brings in the facts about the movement and how all races, ethnicities, social economics will play a role.  Moreover, the work presented will refer to Martin Luther King Jr legacy re: the Poor Peoples’ Campaign and Resurrection City​Location PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring your lunch and bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the ​competition.


Thursday, January 21, 2016

Michael Fosberg
Four workshops about checking the box on identity.​
Michael Fosberg

INCOGNITO Workshops

Michael Fosberg - RSV​P HERE​

Discovery Learning Center – RM 131; 9:30 – 10:30AM

Discovery Learning Center – RM 131; 11:00 – 12:00PM

Pfendler Hall – RM 241; 1:30 – 2:30PM

Pfendler Hall – RM 241; 3:00 – 4:00PM​


DATA BROCHURE Fosberg-2016.pdfDATA BROCHURE Fosberg-2016.pdf

In this fast-food, digital, mass-consumption age, we are constantly bombarded by images, information, and beliefs, forcing us to make quick judgments, opinions, and character assessments.  Whether it is the color of our skin, the place of our birth, our accents and dialects, our religious affiliation, the way we dress, or the music we listen to, people are incessantly judging who we are.  In addition, we are also essentially asked to evaluate ourselves by the requirement to check a box that tells others who we are.  How do we define ourselves?  How do we define others?  How do we arrive at these definitions?  And what part of our definitions for one another are facts, what part fictions?  This interactive session encourages participants to laugh at themselves and others, while finding a real and constructive path to ending additional misperceptions. He will give 4 workshops throughout the day. Bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the competition.​


Friday, January 22, 2016

Voices of Deliverance

Special​ Interaction

VOD Choir

Light Snacks Provided

Pfendler Hall - Room 241: 12:00-1:30PM

DATA BROCHURE VOD-2016.pdfDATA BROCHURE VOD-2016.pdf

Join the colleges of Agriculture, and HHS as we interact with VOD and talk about what it means to be a interdenominational, choir with various ethnicities represented. The choir (located at Butler University) will talk briefly about how they formed the choir, their audiences, and how they make their song selections.  Then the choir will perform a few ballads for our enjoyment.  Location PFEN 241 from 12pm-1:30pm. Bring any books to donate for the fight against illiteracy and the ​competition.


For additional information about this or any other of the week's events, please contact DATA sub-committee members Myron McClure (mcclure0@purdue.edu), Shaneka Lawson (sslawson@purdue.edu), Megan Gunn (mlgunn@purdue.edu), Nathan Engelberth (nengelbe@purdue.edu), Sonia Pierce (sepierce@purdue.edu), Roneisha Watkin​ (watkin16@purdue.edu).


Donate books (K-12) and lets fight against illiteracy in our community​​

Comment at: #TakeActionMLK16

Bring your lunch and participate in a week of celebration.


Sponsors: College of Agriculture, College of Health & Human Sciences, & College of Science 


​​​"These events n​ot only celebrate the great contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., but demonstrate our college's commitment to b​uilding an inclusive environment."
        ​​​​​- Dr. Pamala Morris, Assistant Dean & Director, Office of Multicultural Programs, COA


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