MLK Campus-Wide Celebration

                                              January 23-28, 2017


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

Back in 2008, when the first day of classes fell on the national holiday, IC President Emerita Peggy Williams declared the first day of classes as a "Day on, not Off." The day is a time of reflection and a call to action through programs and activities in lieu of classroom instruction. During years where the holiday falls before the first day of classes, the campus community spends the first week of classes engaging in discussions, viewing films, attending a keynote speaker event, participating and volunteering in community service projects, and more. 

This tradition continued January 23-28, 2017, as students, staff, faculty, and community members gathered to discuss the legacy and work of Rev. Dr. King, Jr. This year's theme was "The Ultimate Weakness of Violence"  which is a concept taken from King's last book, "Where Do We Go From Here: Chaos or Community?"  


For more information, please contact any member of the IC MLK Celebration Committee:

RaKim "RahK" Lash,- Assistant Director for Multicultural Affairs, OSEMA

Don Austin- Assistant Director of Community Service, OSEMA

Doreen Hettich-Atkins- Coordinator of Special Services and Programs

Samantha Stafford- Assistant Director of Leadership Programs, OSEMA

Martin Petrella- Residence Director, The Office of Residential Life and Judicial Affairs

Taylor Walker, Student Leadership Consultant, '17

Sarah Logsdon, Student Leadership Consultant, '17


Individuals with differing abilities requiring accommodations should contact OSEMA at 607-274-3222, email, or stop by our office in Campus Center, 3rd floor.  We ask that requests be made as soon as possible.