MLK Campus-Wide Celebration

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.   These workshops are open to the IC and Ithaca community.

Additional sessions to be announced!

The following sessions will be offered during the 2015 MLK Celebration. More To Be Announced Soon!


From 10:00am - 11:45am

James Rada, Associate Professor, Journalism
Meet Me at Equality: The People's March on Washington
Klingenstein Lounge, 10:00am - 11:45am

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 backat the 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 where there.  These individuals all came from different walks of life to share in the day, and the Dream.


Aaron Lipford, Martin Luther King Jr. Scholar
From Movement to Monuments: How Design Creates Structures of Change
Clark Lounge, 10:00am - 11:30am

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. 

In order for design to be used as a leadership tool to make positive change, the design process must be inclusive and community/user centered. Specially, this presentation would feature the intersection of topics on race, gender, sexuality, ability, religion and age etc. as being forefront within design. In order to show this intersection, the presentation would look at how movements and themes that were controversial within the United Stets history have been translated to fit a future generation and its fights for equality. For example, the presentation would look at the many racial and gender controversies that were created about the designer of the Vietnam Memorial, Maya Lin. Even through this controversy, the design of the Vietnam memorial are seen as the most successful memorial across the global. It was within the design process that I think that both the design and user translate voice, vision, and values in order to make change. This presentation will let those participating to understand how they are designers and are a part of the dream to making change.


Lillian-Yvonne Bertram, Pre-doctoral Diversity Fellow, Writing
Beyond Dreaming: And If Black Lives Don't Matter
Taughannock Falls Room, 10:00am - 11:30am


The hashtag #BlackLivesMatter would suggest that Black Americans still need to argue for their humanity. But what if Black lives don’t matter? (Or dont 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 2:00pm - 3:30pm:


Paula Ioanide, Associate Professor, Center for the Study of Culture, Race and Ethnicity
Stop the New Jim Crow: Why Challenging Mass Incarceration is Crucial to Pursuing MLK's Dream
Klingenstein Lounge, 2:00pm - 3:30pm


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. When MLK envisioned the arc of justice, he knew the three pillars of racism, poverty and warfare were central obstacles. Our current prison industrial complex depends on and perpetuates the problems of the "giant triplets." If we are to update MLK's dream in relation to our current realities, fighting mass incarceration should be at the top of the agenda of pursuing social justice.



The Diversity Peer Educators  

Examining Privilege and Oppression

Clark Lounge, 2:00pm - 3:30pm


This activity allows participants to explore the concepts of privilege and oppression, and to take a look at how they benefit from, and are held back by, these systems.  Students will participate in an activity that will offer a reflection of their own privileges, as well as ways in which they are oppressed.  After the activity, students will break into small groups to discuss their feelings around the outcomes of the activity.  This workshop will provide a safe space for students to explore and discuss these issues in depth with their peers.  The goal is to make these issues more recognizable and understandable for students, so that action may be taken to address privilege and oppression on campus and beyond.



Student Organization Specialist Team 

Getting Involved at IC Student Panel

Taughannock Falls Room, 2:00pm - 3:30pm


Do you ever wonder how you can have a positive impact on the IC Community? Then attend, Getting Involved at IC Student Panel! Our Panel will consist of 5-6 student leaders who have participated in various levels of involvement on campus. The goal is to allow students to hear all of the ways that they can make the best out of their experience at IC and find a way to give back to the IC Community. Our panel fits into the theme this year because it gives the multiple dreams that are possible at IC. Each student has a different identity and a different path that they can share and show that there is not a narrow definition when it comes to pursuing a passion here.