MLK Observance Week
Planning is underway for the 2022 Oberservance Week. Please check back soon for updated information.
It’s been 53 years since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. visited Kansas State University, advocating for nonviolent approaches to remedy social tensions and lead our nation into the future. We’re proud of our connection to Dr. King, and we celebrate his legacy through campus events, as well as in our hearts.
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Monday, Feb. 1
"Permission Granted: Get Rid of your BS"
5:30-7 p.m. | virtual event
Join us for an Unconscious Bias Experience presented by Risha Grant. Diversity can be an uncomfortable topic but Risha’s approach helps attendees understand the concept, without feeling bored or judged. Sponsored by the College of Business Administration Multicultural Business Student Association, K-State Alumni Association and K-State Athletics. Learn more.
You will leave this keynote with:
- An understanding of diversity & inclusion
- A thorough awareness of biases and how they originated
- A recognition of the symptoms and results of bias
- Tools to address bias internally and externally
- Tips to navigate bias in the workplace
17th Annual Diversity Student Leader Reception
6 p.m. | virtual event
Join guest speaker Stacey Campbell, College of Agriculture alumni, and founder and shareholder of Campbell Litigation, P.C. for a discussion surrounding the Civil Rights Movement, current diversity issues, and the importance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s dream. Sponsored by the College of Agriculture and KSTATE MANRRS.
Tuesday, Feb. 2
Commerce Bank and W.T. Kemper Foundation Presidential Awards for Diversity
3:30-5 p.m. | virtual event
We encourage the entire campus community to attend this reception and congratulate our award winners, 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, Feb. 3
Finding "the Dream" Workplace
noon-12:30 p.m. | virtual event
Q&A session with on-demand access throughout the week. Sponsored by the Career Center.
7th Annual Civil Rights Teach-In
2:30-5 p.m. | virtual event
Join the conversation on social justice issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences.
Thursday, Feb. 4
MLK Presidential Lecture
11:30a.m.-1:30 p.m. | virtual event
Keynote Speaker: Sandra Evers-Manly, Global VP for Diversity Northrop Grumman. Sponsored by the Office of the President and Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs.
Friday, Feb. 5
Annual Brown Bag Lunch
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. | virtual event
Grab your lunch and join virtually to engage in a discussion about social justice and diversity at K-State. Sponsored by Affinity Groups.
Laying of the Wreaths and Candlelight Ceremony
1:30 p.m | virtual event
The program will begin with the candlelight ceremony and end at the MLK bust in front of Ahearn Field House. Sponsored by Diversity and Multicultural Student Affairs and Alpha Phi Alpha, Fraternity, Inc.
MLK Week of Service
Honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of community service and social justice during MLK Week of Service. Hosted by the Staley School of Leadership Studies & Manhattan Public Library.
Contact the SSLS to learn how you can get involved.