2018 MLK DAY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE

Theme: Why We Can’t Wait

8:00 AM: Registration and Meet and Greet: Harre Union Lobby

8:30 AM: Welcome: Community Room, Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources

9:30 AM: Focus Sessions

For details on each of the focus sessions, click here.

Race

(Christopher Center, Community Room)

Labor

(Neils Science Center,
Room 234)

Environment

(Center for the Arts,
Duesenberg Recital Hall)

Violence

(Center for the Arts,
University Theatre)
9:30 AM: Welcome
Presentation

“Teaching in the Hood” with Elly Walsh-Rock

Presentation

“Why Taking Action Matters” with Luke Sullivan from Arise Chicago

Presentation

“Toxic Tour” with Thomas Frank

Presentation

“#MeToo” with Chyanne Holth and Brittany Weis of the Athena Society

Reflection
Art Piece

Listen Up!

Presentation

“Fair Trade Education” with Tom Goyne

Presentation

Using Chemistry to Address the Health Concerns of a Local Community” with Valparaiso University professors, students and Valparaiso community members

Presentation

“Police Brutality” with staff and a victim from the Chicago Torture Justice Center

Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Presentation

“Listen Up!” with Willow Walsh, Liz Wuerffel and Allison Schuette

Presentation

The Injustice IN our Backyard” with students from L.I.V.E.

Art Piece

“I.Am.Traumatized” by Bayan Fares

Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Reflection
Presentation

“White Racist to White Ally” with Stewart Cooper

Presentation

Unite Here Casino Workers

Presentation

“Working towards Food Justice” with Andrew Raridon

 Presentation

“Violence against the Transgender Community” with students from Alliance

Break
10:40 AM: Featured Presenter

“What Race Matters in Northwest Indiana” 

The race of individuals in Northwest Indiana can determine how resources are allocated, how employment opportunities are available or not available and how people are valued or undervalued in certain communities

with Rev. John JacksonFounder and Senior Pastor of the Trinity United Church of Christ – Gary

10:40 AM: Featured Presenter

“Dangerous Unselfishness: Victories and Lessons Learned from Organizing Hospitality Workers in Chicago and Northwest Indiana”

After a brief introduction to unions and labor organizing, Dan will draw lessons from Local 1’s campaigns in the region to unionize hospitality workers, fight against workplace sexual harassment, and for immigrant rights. Using colorful campaign and organizing stories, Dan will share Local 1’s vision for success. He will lay out how unions are not only resisting Trumpism, but winning, and helping us grow closer to Dr. King’s vision of the Beloved Community.

with Dan MillerOrganizing Director at Unite Here

10:40 AM: Featured Presenter

“All the -Isms: The Interconnections between Social Justice Activism in Northwest Indiana”

As a native of East Chicago, IN, Lorrell sees the fight for environmental justice as a literal life and death struggle. She continues to experience the interconnections among environmental justice, racial and social class liberation, gender equality, and accessibility. She believes that seeing and addressing these struggles as linked is imperative for achieving any measure of victory for those most affected by systemic abuses. She will address her experiences in these struggles and how they have come to converge, both in her activism and in issues currently facing Northwest Indiana.

with Lorrell Kilpatrick, co-organizer of Black Lives Matter of Northwest Indiana

10:40 AM: Featured Presenter

“Gender Based Violence is a Human Rights Issue”

Neha’s talk will focus on how Apna Ghar, Inc. (Our Home), has developed a service model that incorporates the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner framework into its work with immigrant and refugee survivors of gender based violence in the metro Chicago area (including parts of Indiana). Apna Ghar provides holistic services, conducts outreach and advocacy to end gender violence. She will discuss the agency’s impact in creating change in the lives of individual survivors as well on the community, institutions and policies in our area.

with Neha Gill, Executive Director of Apna Ghar, Inc.

11:00 AM: Reflection
 11:05 AM: Q&A
11:25 AM: Closing Remarks

12:00 PM: Lunch: Program Options:

  • Ballroom ($12 for non Valpo Students, Faculty, and Staff)
  • Café and Cafeteria: (Paid onsite)

12:00 PM to 2:00 PM: A Closer Look: #YouAreWelcomeHere?

1:30 PM: Break

2:00 PM: Convocation: Nikole Hannah-Jones, Chapel of the Resurrection

4:00 PM: Meet and Greet with Nikole Hannah-Jones, Harre Union

4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: A Closer Look: #YouAreWelcomeHere?

4:30 PM: Donor Dinner and Q&A with Nikole Hannah-Jones ($40)

6:30 PM: Open Mic Night in Café, Harre Union

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