Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Know the Past. Improve the Present. Serve the Future.
From Echoes to Equity
In the tradition of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., how do we embrace community change and solidarity and action? How do we disrupt the echoes of culture-blindness, colorblindness, and give voice to equity through historical context? Come and join Shenandoah University as we explore how we can find our individual and collective voices for equity through anti-racist and anti-oppressive action. Campus and community members are invited to participate in a day of free training, conversations, expressions, and interactive events that will allow us to discover how to begin to participate in shaping a beloved community.
- Why is equity important to our community?
- Why is equity important to our classrooms and programs?
- Why do echo chambers of silence perpetuate racism in and outside of the classroom?
MLK Day Events | January 18, 2021
All MLK events are free and some are open to the public. Zoom links will be added for virtual events. Those events that require registration will send a Zoom link to participants before the events.
Contact Jana Mangubat at email@example.com for more information about MLK Day at Shenandoah.
MLK Virtual Events
Martin Luther King, Jr. Service of Remembrance
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Service of Remembrance is the heart of Shenandoah's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day commemoration. As the longest-standing MLK Day event at the university, (held virtually this year due to the pandemic) it provides the entire Shenandoah community with the opportunity to join together and contemplate the life and work of Dr. King, whose nonviolent quest for civil rights, justice and equity was rooted in his Christian faith. Shenandoah's Service of Remembrance is ecumenical, featuring readings and prayers from a number of faith traditions, as well as music and the sharing of King's work, such as "Letters from a Birmingham Jail." This year's service will feature musical performances of "Strum" by Jonathan Toomer, Signe Mortensen, Jaylon Hayes-Keller, and John Keane and "Elegy for a King" by Jan Marie Leman. Shenandoah alumnus Carl Rush, MSEd., MBA, was one of those Dr. King inspired. As part of the service, Rush, who serves as the equity coordinator for the City of Winchester Public Schools in Winchester, Virginia, will present "Uniting Under the Umbrella of Equity." Rush is dedicated to holistically binding organizational pursuits of excellence with diversity and inclusion efforts. Rush, who earned both of his graduate degrees from Shenandoah, is a member of both the university's alumni board and Black Alumni Network. Contact DeLyn Celec at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Join this virtual event on Zoom. This event is free and open to the public.
RSD 2.0: Dialogue, Race, and Equity
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
This workshop, led by Kevin Minister and Meredith Minister, will bring together faculty and staff to create practices for advancing a culture of dialogue in the classroom and on campus within an equity framework that enables our students to have constructive conversations about race. Participants in this workshop must have previously completed RSD training and have used elements of dialogue in their classes or on campus. Contact Adela Borrallo-Solis at email@example.com & Jana Mangubat at firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Open to Shenandoah Faculty & Staff only. Registration required. Limited to 20 people.
Activism 101 Discussion
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is considered one of the greatest activists of all time. Do you wish to create social or political change but you aren’t sure where to start? Participants will explore the basic steps of activism and realize that everyone has what it takes to be an activist. Join Karen Cornejo Guillen for this discussion. Contact email@example.com to receive the Zoom link.
Registration limited to Shenandoah students.
We the People: A Discussion on Racism in Health Care
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Health care professionals are in a unique position to act as allies for or partners with their patients, colleagues, and communities. In order to do so, it is important to have an understanding of the history of structural racism in America and its impact on health care. Organized by the School of Health Professions Student Diversity Advisory Group in collaboration with Dr. Hakeem Leonard, Assistant Provost for IDE, and Dean Karen Abraham, participants will engage in a facilitated discussion of the impact of racism in health care and what it means to be an ally/accomplice. Registration is required to receive the Zoom link. Contact Karen Abraham at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration required. Open to all Shenandoah students.
Day for All People Workshops
Monday - Friday
Virginia's Interfaith Center for Public Policy will be hosting a virtual advocacy week through the "Day for All People". The Center for Civic Engagement, Office of Spiritual Life, and the Mosaic Center will pay for registration for students who would like to attend part or all of the event. The purpose of this advocacy week is to join people from different backgrounds to learn about and support economic, racial, environmental, and social justice. Through this virtual gathering, students can learn the issues from dynamic speakers and workshops, meet with legislators, and engage with advocates in your region. Contact Keith Jones Pomeroy at email@example.com for more information.
MLK In-Person Events
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Balancing Survival & Freedom: The Experiences of Winchester’s African Americans during the Civil War Era
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
Winchester Walking Tour
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. frequently reflected on the past and specifically the Emancipation Proclamation. Join Jonathan Noyalas, director of Shenandoah University's McCormick Civil War Institute, for a specially designed walking tour which will focus on the experiences of African Americans in the era of emancipation in Winchester. The tour, making use of various sites in Winchester's historic district, will highlight the roles Winchester's African Americans, both enslaved and free blacks, played in making emancipation a reality and how those efforts inspired hope, not only in the 1860s, but a century later. Tour will gather in front of Shenandoah University's Feltner building on the downtown walking mall. Contact Jonathan Noyalas at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Registration required. Limited to 20 people.