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Unique Teach-in invites exploration of MLK’s life, his goals, and lessons for today
Jan 13, 2021
A virtual approach to celebrating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will give the North Central College community an opportunity to engage in relevant discussion topics—despite the delayed start of the semester until Monday, January 25.
Twelve topics presented over three hours will allow participants to examine subjects that are part of a continuing campus dialog about race, anti-racism, equity, inclusion and King’s goals of peace and justice. The theme for the day is “A Time to Break Silence.”
“Our goal is to engage members of the campus community in learning and conversation,” said Dorothy Pleas, assistant dean of students, director of multicultural affairs and co-chair of the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force. “We felt that a teach-in could give the community the opportunity to learn more about social justice issues and other related topics. All of the lead presenters are from North Central. I knew that many people around campus had knowledge that they could share, so I invited them to submit proposals.”
Support for the MLK Vision Day Teach-In is provided through a generous grant from Healing Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust.
The MLK Teach-In will be conducted on Zoom and consist of hourly sessions beginning at 9 a.m., 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. Attendees are welcome to drop into the sessions as their schedules allow but they should register in advance.
Following the Teach-In, the campus and community can join the virtual luncheon event for prayers, music, personal reflections and keynote speaker Kijuana Boulrece ’94, therapist and community educational advocate. Starting at noon, the luncheon will be broadcast on the North Central College YouTube channel and on the North Central College website. The luncheon is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank.
For more information about the MLK Vision Day and Black History Month events, please visit our web page or contact Dorothy Pleas, assistant dean of students and director of multicultural affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org. MLK Vision Day and Black History Month events are supported by BMO Harris, Nicor and a grant from Healing Illinois, an initiative of the Illinois Department of Human Services in partnership with the Chicago Community Trust.
North Central College MLK Day Teach-In Sessions
Monday, January 18, 2021
9 a.m. sessions:
Allyship to advocacy to activism: A student-led discussion on turning ideas into action
Presenters: Haven Denson ’22 and Milia Harris ’20/M ’22, graduate assistant in the Center for Social Impact
Silence is not an option: Using interrupter phrases to promote anti-racism
Presenter: Jennifer K. Shah, assistant professor of education
Writing and speaking that matters: A rhetorical perspective on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s communication, life, and work
Presenters: Kelli Jeanne Ling, instructor of communication; Rev. Keith Kelsey-Powell, pastor of Davis Junction United Methodist Church; Megan Sullivan, associate professor of rhetoric, Boston University
Moving beyond solidarity and toward anti-racism in STEM
Presenter: Joanna Weremijewicz, assistant professor of biology
10 a.m. sessions:
Being Black American at a predominately White institution
Presenter: Mikel Mays ’22
Racial reconciliation: A process, not an event
Presenter: Sohinee Roy, associate professor of English
Breaking the silence about the white supremacist violence that ended reconstruction’s advances and created the Jim Crow south
Presenter: William C. Barnett, associate professor of history
Supporting men of color: Understanding the needs and how to encourage engagement on campus
Presenters: Stephania Rodriguez ’14, assistant director of multicultural affairs; Augustine DeBacco, assistant director of residence life; Khadeil Ergas M ’22, graduate assistant in Multicultural Affairs
11 a.m. sessions
Lessons learned: Race and the criminal justice system
Presenters: Raleigh Blasdell, assistant professor of sociology, and students from the course Race and the Criminal Justice System
Understand yourself to be a better leader: Exploring self-identity, values and leadership
Presenter: Margaret Stacy-Duffy, assistant director of career development
"It's always the right time, to do the right thing." -Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Presenter: Danielle Langford, adjunct assistant professor of business and communication
The evolution of underrepresented minorities’ identities in the American education system
Presenter: Cierra Desmaratti ’22