Aaron Lipford and Meira Keil Featured in MLK Day Student Activism Panel


Contributed by Sarah Schupp

Aaron Lipford, Junior, and alumna Meira Keil, Class of 2013, were featured in a panel discussion about the history of on-campus student activism on January Monday, January 20, 2014.

The Celebration of the History of Student Activism @IC Panel featured artifacts from Ithaca's past and information about four important time periods in the College's history.  

Lipford discussed the founding of the African Latino Society (ALS) and campus movements in the 1960s and 1970s.  Meira Kiel gave remarks about the student activism required to create awareness around the need for an Asian American studies minor on campus. 

Thank you for knowledge and participation in the MLK Day panel!  Your words were impactful and inspirational.  You reminded current students, staff, and faculty that we are part of King's single garment of destiny, which will impact the future members of our college community.

History of the MLK Day Campus-Wide Celebration

Every January, the Ithaca College community celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through a series of programs sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement & Multicultural Affairs.

Back in 2008, when the first day of classes fell on the national holiday, President Emerita Peggy Williams declared the first day of classes as a "Day on, not Off." The day is celebrated as a day of reflection and celebration with programs and activities in lieu of classroom instruction. President Thomas Rochon continues in this tradition, encouraging all to come together in honor or Dr. King's impact on the world. During years where the holiday falls before the first day of classes, the campus community spends the first week of classes in celebration with various events and programs, as well as discussions.

For more information about the MLK Day Campus-Wide Celebration please visit the Office of Student Engagement and Multicultural Affairs website.