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Manhattan, KS 66506-3401

January 28, 2020

College of Agriculture Diversity Programs Office

Submitted by Summer Smades

The Diversity Programs Office (DPO) would like to begin by thanking everyone who attended yesterday’s 16th Annual College of Agriculture Diversity Student Leader Reception Seminar. The seminar included remarks from Dean Dr. Ernie Minton, our Sponsor - Frontier Farm Credit, Dr. Zelia Wiley, members of the K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) chapter, and keynote speaker Reverend John R. Williams, Vice-President of the Board of Education for Topeka Public Schools USD 501. We would also like to thank those that attended the Hands on K-State this past Saturday and the Manhattan Community MLK Observances. Thank you to everyone who helped make 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 Corporate Showcase on Wednesday, January 29, at 6 p.m. in 137 Waters Hall. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Special thanks to our DPO staff for their work.

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

Tuesday, January 28
Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Awards
3:30 p.m., K-State Alumni Center Ballroom

We encourage the entire campus community to attend this reception and congratulate our award winners, Del'Sha Roberts and Mariya Vaughan, who have done so much to advance K-State diversity, to contribute to the success of historically underrepresented students, and to promote inclusive excellence. We are grateful to Commerce Bank and the W.T. Kemper Foundation for their support of these awards through the years. Sponsored by Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs.

Wednesday, January 29
Sixth annual Civil Rights Teach-In
2:30-5 p.m., Leadership Studies Building Town Hall
Join the conversation on social justice issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.

Diversity Lecture
4-5 p.m., 1088 College of Business Building
Join K-State alumnus Ray Dempsey, vice president and chief diversity officer, British Petroleum, for his lecture on diversity. Sponsored by the College of Business Administration and the Multicultural Business Student Association.

MANRRS Corporate Showcase
6 p.m., 137 Waters Hall
Join K-State MANRRS as they welcome corporate sponsors to come, connect, and network with students of the K-State Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Related Sciences (MANRRS) Cohort.

Thursday, January 30
"Work Smarter: How to Achieve Mastery" Lecture
4:30 p.m., 1109 Engineering Hall
Book signing and reception to follow lecture.
Karl W. Reid, Ed.D., executive director for the National Society of Black Engineers, presents three sensible strategies for succeeding in college... and life. Sponsored by the Kansas Space Grant Consortium and K-State Multicultural Engineering Program.

"Buffalo Soldiers"
5-7:30 p.m., UMB Theater
The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art will host a film screening with comments from film consultant and actor Barrie Tompkins of the Nicodemus Buffalo Soldiers Association.

Friday, January 31
Annual Brown Bag Lunch
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., K-State Student Union, Bluemont Room
Bring your lunch and join the K-State faculty and staff affinity groups in learning more about the campus wide diversity and inclusion plan. During this event, you will have the opportunity to provide input and feedback about the proposed plan.

Laying of the Wreaths and Candlelight Ceremony
2 p.m., K-State Student Union Courtyard and MLK Bust
The program will begin with the candlelight ceremony and end at the MLK bust in front of Ahearn Field House. A hot chocolate reception will follow, sponsored by the Staley School of Leadership Studies.

We are grateful to the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, K-State Athletics, College of Business Administration, Human Capital Services, Office of General Counsel, College of Arts and Sciences and Division of Student Life for sponsoring wreaths. The Laying of the Wreaths Ceremony gives us a moment to pause at the end of an eventful week to reflect and recommit to the mission of Martin Luther King Jr. Sponsored by Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Please continue to look for more diversity news and events as we begin our spring semester. We appreciate your support. For more information about upcoming events please contact Dr. Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean and Director of Diversity Programs, at 785-532-5793 or zwiley@ksu.edu.