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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 17, 2017

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Phil LeBlanc

Welcome back students! The Diversity Programs Office (DPO) would also like to welcome back its staff: Dr. Terri Blackmon, Interim Project Coordinator; Phil Leblanc, Graduate Assistant; Vi Nguyen, Undergraduate Assistant; and Elisa Trigo, Undergraduate Assistant. We are excited and energized for what is to come this spring semester.

Having just celebrated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we would like to remind you of upcoming events on campus this week and those taking place next week for MLK Observance Week. Please note below the annual College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Reception which will be held on Monday, January 25th.

Thursday, January 19

• Diversity Tea, “Dawn of the Day: Stories from the Underground Railroad,” held at 1 p.m. in the College Center Conference Room, K-State Polytechnic Campus. “Dawn of the Day” is a historical documentary about the Underground Railroad. It delves into the powerful way faith, family and politics converged in Wabaunsee County to ensure Kansas was a free state. The tea will include a viewing and Q&A discussion of the documentary.

• The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host “Voices: A conversation with works of art that articulate the Black experience in America,” from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Please join associate curator Alleen Wang in “Voices” a themed gallery space in the permanent collection of the Beach Museum to consider several amazing works of art. Coffee and cookies will be provided.

Sunday, January 22

• The Manhattan Community MLK celebration is on Sunday, January 22, from 2-4 p.m., Manhattan Fire Station Auditorium, 2000 Denison Avenue. Dr. Zelia Wiley, Interim Associate Provost, is the featured community speaker. The event will also feature work from local students that participated in the MLK Jr. Art and Writing contest.

Monday, January 23

• This year will mark the 13th Annual College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Reception hosted by the Diversity Programs Office for the College of Agriculture and the K-State MANRRS chapter. The event will take place in Waters Hall, Room 137, at 5:30 p.m. on January 23. We are inviting student leaders from all areas across campus to attend the event, and we expect a strong showing from students in the College of Agriculture.

The seminar provides students the opportunity to learn about the civil rights movement, current diversity issues, and the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream from those who have fought and overcome cultural challenges.

The 2017 speaker for the MLK Student leader reception is Edward Honesty, Jr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Best Harvest Bakeries. In addition to Mr. Honesty, members of MANRRS will also be present and participating in the event.

Tuesday, January 24

• The Commerce Bank Presidential Award for Diversity Reception will be held at the Alumni Center in Banquet Room A & D at 3:30 p.m. This reception recognizes a student and a staff member who have exemplified outstanding leadership in the multicultural community at K-State.

Wednesday, January 25

• The College of Business 18th Annual Diversity Lecture will be in 1092 Business Building from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Manuel Fernandez, senior partner at KMPG Dallas, is the featured speaker.

• The College of Arts and Sciences is holding the Third Annual Civil Rights Teach-In “Addressing the State of Civil Rights.” This event will be focusing on national, regional, and campus civil rights issues related to race, gender and sexual orientation. The event is being held in the K-State Union Courtyard from 12-3 p.m.

• The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture and Candlelight Vigil is the oldest MLK event held on campus. The event is hosted by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and will feature keynote speaker Representative Roderick Houston, 89th District, Wichita. The event will be held at 7 p.m. in Forum Hall and will be followed by a Hot Chocolate Social sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

Thursday, January 26

• The Martin Luther King Jr. Fellowship Luncheon “Black Tie/White Tie,” will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the Alumni Center Ballroom. The luncheon will feature Professor Lyle Gibson the documentary, “Black Tie/White Tie: Every Family Has a Story Within the American Story.” The documentary focuses on three significant historical methodologies: oral history, public documents and material culture. The luncheon registration fee is $15 and the RSVP deadline is January 24th.

For tickets:

Visit https://www.k-state.edu/diversity/mlk/2017/rsvp.html
Contact Romaine Schell, ksudiversity@ksu.edu, 785-532-6276

Friday, January 27

• The Faculty and Staff Affinity Network will hold their annual Social Justice and Diversity Brown Bag Luncheon. The Black Faculty and Staff Alliance, LGBTQ; the Indigenous Alliance; and Alianza invite members of their organizations and other K-State faculty and staff to bring their lunch and engage in a discussion about social justice and diversity at K-State. The brown bag luncheon will take place from 12:30-1:45 p.m. in the K-State Student Union.

• The Laying of the Wreath and Bell Chimes Ceremony will conclude the week’s observance. This event will take place at 2 p.m. at the Martin Luther King Jr. Bust, outside Ahearn Field House.

Please continue to look for more diversity news and events as we continue to advertise. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events or to collaborate with the DPO, please call 785-532-5793 or contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Interim Associate Provost of Diversity, zwiley@ksu.edu.