MLK Educational Workshops
Get an early start on your credits for the Student Leadership Institute by attending these outstanding MLK-themed workshops. Students can register through the SLI website to receive SLI credit. Each of these sessions are worth 1 credit in the Leading in a Diverse World Track. These workshops are open to the IC and Ithaca community.
The following sessions will be offered during the 2015 MLK Celebration.
MLK EDU Session Block 1: 10:00am - 11:45am
Beyond Dreaming: And What If Black Lives Don't Matter?
Presented by: Dr. Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Predoctoral Diversity Fellow in the Department of Writing
The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter would suggest that Black Americans still need to argue for their humanity. But what if Black lives don’t matter? (Or don’t matter as much?) This wouldn’t be an outrageous possibility. We’ve seen, and for some time, that the lives of lower classes (inside and outside of the United States), are simply accorded less value than those of upper classes. If we take this situation as a given - effectively accepting the reality – what conversations become possible? Maybe this suggests that if Black lives don’t matter, then it’s possible that, at some point, white lives won’t matter either. What struggles become obsolete, and what new ones emerge? Could this lead to all lives mattering, and all persons living comfortably and sustainably in a culture of inequality? This workshop suggests that there might actually be new ways to conceive of social justice and equality if we explore the other side of the dream’s end.
From Movement to Monuments: How Design Creates Structures of Change
Taughannock Falls Room
Presented by: Aaron Lipford, 2015, Biochemistry
The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate how design can be a leadership tool to make positive social change. The focus of the presentation would be to look at the history and actual design of social justice memorials within the United States. Specially, the presentation would analyze the design and design process of both the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Vietnam Memorial within the National Mall. The focus on these monuments would be analyzing how social justice movements have been translated within contemporary structures to communicate the voice, vision and values of social justice. Through understanding the structural and leadership decision that went into the design process, this presentation will show how design can capture movements and make monumental change.
Meet Me at Equality: The People's March on Washington
Presented by: James Rada, Professor of Journalism
This workshop will include a screening of Rada's documentary "Meet Me at Equality: The People's March on Washington." The program takes a look back at the 1963 March on Washington through the eyes of the participants. It premiered on PBS in August 2013. The program describes the day that MLK delivered his "I Have a Dream" through the recollections of 28 people who were there. These individuals all came from different walks of life to share in the day, and the Dream.
MLK EDU Session Block 2: 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Stop the New Jim Crow: Why Challenging Mass Incarceration is Crucial to Pursuing MLK's Dream
Presented by: Dr. Paula Ioanide, Professor in the Center for Race, Culture, and Ethnicity
The current prison system is fraught with systemic injustices. Aside from incarcerating more people than any country in the world, the U.S. criminal justice system encourages racial discrimination in policing, sentencing, and corrections. Worse, this system legally excludes people with former convictions from employment, educational, housing and political opportunities. This workshop focuses on why it's important to challenge the prison industrial complex if we are to continue pursuing MLK's dream.
Exploring Privilege and Oppression
Taughannock Falls Room
Presented by the Diversity Peer Educators
This workshop will examine how certain privileges and oppressions are experienced by people, and how the interaction of these systems can impact society. Students will be able to identify their own relationship to privilege and oppression, and will be given time to reflect on these issues in a small and large group setting.
Creating Inclusivity at Events on IC Campus
Ithaca Falls Room
Presented by The Student Organization Specialist Team: Lia Munoz, Alexander Cammy, Annie Yuen, and Emily Quinn
As student leaders, we serve our diverse campus community. Diversity takes different forms, which includes but is not limited to: race, culture, nationality, ethnicity, religion, ideas, beliefs, geographic origin, class, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, disability, and age. It is our responsibility to consider how we can make our events inclusive to everyone. To make all events on campus more inclusive the Student Organization Leadership Development is hosting a panel of five student organization officers from five different student organizations to offer tips and guidelines on how to make events at IC more inclusive.
Where do we start? Racial profiling and change(d) relations on campus and in the community
Moderated by Dr. Jonathan Ablard, Associate Professor, History
This panel presentation will focus a discussion on what efforts have worked historically to create change in relations within and between different communities, how this is manifesting today on campus with administrative/student/police relations, how students can or want to contribute and get involved in these efforts. Dr. Patricia Rodriguez (Assoc Prof, Politics) will provide an overview on what groups in the Ithaca community are doing to effect change and how these efforts are viewed by others. Other panelists will be announced as we get closer to MLK Day. Students in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute.