First Steps | Life-Long Commitment

“I’m convinced that this crowd was made up of people who were...“dog-tired of second-class citizenship,” of being made to feel less than a human being worthy of respect...One has to be open to the truth that at some level we are all the same and want the same things, like a peaceful community in which to live and grow and thrive.”

Dr. Dorothy Cotton, "If Your Back's Not Bent: The Role of the Citizenship Education Program in the Civil Rights Movement"
"Leading Self" Leadership Certificate
New 'Scholars are required to obtain a leadership certificate from the Student Leadership Institute.
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First Year Speaker Series
Creating space for reflection on transition, including taking active steps towards their academic and social success at IC.
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Reflection & Action Planning Meetings
In the spring semester, MLK Scholars meet with the Program Director as a cohort to make meaning of this social justice commitment.
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The U.S. Civil Rights Movement


Traditionally, MLK Scholars have worked together to coordinate a reflective presentation to our campus community during our MLK Campus-Wide Celebration in January. This presentation drew heavily from their course work and Civil Rights Tour experience.

Due to the pandemic, all program-related travel has been suspended until further notice and approval by our college leadership team. 

This year, our new 'Scholars have been asked to address the question 'Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?" in a final paper for their seminar. This question was posed by the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his 5th and final book. These final papers will be compiled and sent to the next administration to occupy the (US) White House no matter the result of the presidential election. 

'Scholars have also been assigned a final individual project. They will design individual learning or support resource for our campus community based on their own interests, values, focus areas of social justice, and skills. These materials will be released to campus during our MLK Celebration in January, 2021.