Three Ways Martin Luther King’s Message is Alive at Stonehill

January 5, 2012

by Liza Talusan, director of Intercultural Affairs

Monday, January 16, is honored as Martin Luther King Jr. Day - a day to engage with the community, to seek peace with one another, and to reach out to those who feel marginalized or outcast.

Through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center, Coretta Scott King states, "On this day we commemorate Dr. King's great dream of a vibrant, multiracial nation united in justice, peace and reconciliation; a nation that has a place at the table for children of every race and room at the inn for every needy child. We are called on this holiday, not merely to honor, but to celebrate the values of equality, tolerance and interracial sister and brotherhood he so compellingly expressed in his great dream for America."

How are we at Stonehill College helping to keep Dr. King's legacy alive? What are we doing to honor interracial cooperation and understanding, outreach to the community, and peace with one another?

Below are a few examples:

DiverCity Festival is a celebration of the diverse cultural backgrounds represented in our Stonehill community. An entirely student run production, the DiverCity Festival highlights cooperation and collaboration among our students as they share stories and experiences of race, faith, gender identity, disability, activism and equality through dance, song, spoken word, and movement. This year's festival will be held on Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 p.m. in the Pettit Atrium of the Shields Science Center.

The R.A.C.E. Dialogue Group is an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to come together in a 5-session workshop to discuss issues of race, faith, disability, gender and inclusion. Held on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m., participants share personal beliefs, first messages about identities, and tools for how to create a more inclusive environment. RSVP required.

The Conference on Diversity and Inclusion is an in-house conference at which intergroup dialogue, social justice, peace, and equality are explored through workshops and interactive sessions. Rooted in a common experience, the conference brings together faculty, staff, and students to create opportunities for shared learning and responsibility. The Conference will be held on Friday, February 17th from 4-8 p.m. in the Martin Institute.

Into the Streets is Stonehill's largest community service organization on campus. Inspired by the enduring values of a Holy Cross Education, Into the Streets offers the Stonehill Community opportunities for meaningful service experiences that challenge and teach them to be agents of social change committed to the creation of a just and compassionate world. To learn more about ITS and ways to serve on MLK day, visit here.

On Tuesday, January 17th from 4:30-5:15 p.m., the Office of Intercultural Affairs will be hosting an "I Have a Dream" session in Duffy 149 (Intercultural Affairs Office) where participants will listen to Dr. King's speech and create a collage of our community's commitment to upholding principles of equality and peace. For more information, please contact Intercultural Affairs at 508-565-1409.


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