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123 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 24, 2017

Diversity Programs Office Update

Submitted by Phil LeBlanc

The Diversity Programs Office would like to begin by thanking everyone who attended yesterday’s 13th Annual College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Reception Seminar that included remarks by Dr. John Floros, Dr. Zelia Wiley, members of the K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter, Meaghan Mueseler from Cargill, and keynote speaker Ed Honesty Jr, President and COO of Best Harvest Bakeries. We would also like to thank those that attended the Manhattan Community MLK celebration this past Sunday where Dr. Wiley was the keynote speaker. We appreciate your help and support in making two of the first events of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Week a success.

Before getting into the remaining events on campus for Martin Luther King Jr Observance Week, the DPO invites all interested students to attend the K-State MANRRS General Body Meeting and “Hormel Informational Night” on Wednesday, January 25, at 6 p.m. in 106 Waters Hall. Pizza and refreshments will be provided.

Here is a list of the remaining events on campus for Martin Luther King Jr Observance Week:

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 at 1:30 p.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 24.

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.