Multicultural Affairs

Willamette University

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration

“…many nations, invisible with liberty, and justice for some.”


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JAN 16-20
11 a.m.–5 p.m.Willamette University Pledge
Mary Stuart Rogers Music Gallery

Sign the Willamette Pledge and celebrate Willamette’s commitment to the belief that all individuals are valued and that every student, faculty and staff member contributes to the diversity of our campus community.

Take action by taking the Pledge Walk: an exercise in self-reflection giving name to everyday privileges that are all around us, and the opportunity to think about those we hold. Groups and classes can reserve weekend or evening times via email.

JAN 16-25
MLK Food Drive: Spotlight on Hunger in Salem
Donation barrels around campus

Support Marion-Polk Foodshare Currently a record high of 8,101 families a month are turning to the Marion Polk Food Share. This translate to 11,500 children in our community don't have enough to eat. You can make a difference. Bring a donation to one of 16 collection barrels around campus.

Monday, January 16, 2012
10:00am-2:00pmWillamette University Honors Dr. King on the National Holiday
University Center

Celebrate Dr. King’s national holiday and birthday. Information available about the week’s events. Pickup tickets for Friday evening’s event and celebrate with birthday cake.

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11:30–1:00p.m. / 5:00-6:30p.m. Willamette University Honors Dr. King on the National Holiday
Goudy Dining Commons

Celebrate Dr. King’s national holiday and birthday. Information available about the week’s events. Pickup tickets for Friday evening’s event and celebrate with birthday cake.

2:30–7 p.m.Willamette University and Community Celebration
First Congregational United Church of Christ
700 Marion St. NE

Join the Willamette University and Salem Community in a Service Project celebrating the national holiday. Event includes canvassing Salem for voter registration signups and a dinner program featuring Oregon Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul De Muniz sharing “What does Justice look like to Me”

Co-sponsored by the NAACP, CAUSA Salem’s Human Rights and Relations Advisory Commission, Salem Multicultural Institute, Salem Keizer Coalition for Equality, First Congregational United Church of Christ.
Wednesday January 18, 2012
4–7 p.m.Activism Workshop
Cat Cavern Putnam University Center, Free
CAUSA, AFL-CIO, and ACLU will present sequential workshops on advocacy & nonviolent strategies for solving community problems, how to organize people and communities in grassroots empowerment and social justice campaigns, and strategies if stopped by the police, immigration agents, or the FBI.
Thursday January 19, 2012
7 p.m.“Learn” to be a Patriot”
Cat Cavern Putnam University Center, Free
Interactive theater performance between students and audience members exploring varied conceptions of patriotism, featuring spoken word artist and Willamette alum Alejandro Jimenez '09
Friday January 20, 2012
12:30 pm-5:00 pmInto the Streets: Luncheon and Community Service Day
Cat Cavern Putnam University Center, Free
WU ID and Reservations Required

In 1994 President Clinton signed the Dr. King National Holiday and Service Act, establishing the King holiday as a national day of service. Into the Streets is a program that provides multiple service opportunities throughout Salem in an effort for members of the Willamette Community to actively serve together and learn through action. Signing up for Into the Streets also includes the MLK Celebration Luncheon immediately preceding the service event. This educational component will serve as a backdrop to the service event itself. Service sites include the Family Building Blocks, the Human Society, Sesna, Jason Lee, Home, Mission Mill, Willamette Academy, Willamette Valley Hospice.

For questions and sign up. Email Matt Pitchford.
Co-sponsored by WU’s Office of Community Outreach Programs
7:30 p.m., doors open 7 p.m.Dolores Huerta, Social Activist
Smith Auditorium
Dolores HuertaDolores Huerta is one of the nation’s most influential activists. Her early work co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with Cesar Chavez and continued with gender discrimination and women’s rights.

As one of the most famous and celebrated Latinas in the US, her work with the Dolores Huerta Foundation includes grassroots organizing, leadership development and policy advocacy and is aimed at uniting movements that fall under the umbrella of human rights; including the rights of workers, women, immigrants and the LGBTQ committees as well as socio-economic injustice.

Tickets available at the Putnam University Center Information Desk for WU Faculty, Staff and Students beginning January 16, 2012. (9am-4:30pm)
First ticket is free. Each additional (up to 4 total) are $5 each. WU ID required.

Tickets for the General Public are available at the Salem Multicultural Institute (503) 581-2004 or at http://www.salemmulticultural.org/ $10 in advance or the door (limited tickets available)
Proceeds benefit the World Beat Festival

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Saturday, January 21, 2012
9 a.m.5th Annual MLK Celebration Stride Toward Freedom 5k Run/ 1 Mile Run/Walk
Brown Field (adjacent to Putnam University Center)
Come celebrate the life and spirit of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with this annual fundraiser! Entry fee includes t-shirt and post-race snacks. Proceeds to benefit the Salem Multicultural Institute.

Cost: $15 pre-register, $20 day of race. Registration available at the Putnam University Information Desk or online through Active.com. Day of race registration begins at 8am.
Monday January 23, 2012
4–6 p.m.President’s Book Club
Putnam University Center, Free
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (New York Times Bestseller and a National Book Award Winner), by Sherman Alexie

The President's Book Club is open to all staff, faculty, and students. The book is free to those attending this event and is available at the WU Store. Rebecca Dobkins will speak before discussion of the book begins, and the Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program tutors will facilitate the small-group book discussions. Questions contact Wendy Gleason.

Sponsored by the President's Office, Indian Country Conversations, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, HR-Professional Development, the Chemawa Indian School Partnership Program, and the Willamette Store.
7–9 p.m.Expression of Justice: Open Mic
Bistro: University Center
Willamette community voices break the silence as they reflect on experiences at Willamette and beyond through poetry, music, and other creative expressions.
9–10 p.m.Tunnel of Oppression (Preview Event)
Montag Den, Free
A multi-media, multi-sensory exhibit that gives voice to sites and stories of oppression and injustice facing our lives, community, and world right now. This year's Tunnel will engage with issues of reproductive justice, food justice, and slavery. Participants will be given opportunities to reflect on the ways in which we participate in the systems that reproduce inequality -- and be compelled to take informed action
Tuesday January 24 – Thursday January 26, 2012
Noon–2 p.m., 4–6 p.m., 7–9 p.m.Tunnel of Oppression
Montag Den, Free
A multi-media, multi-sensory exhibit that gives voice to sites and stories of oppression and injustice facing our lives, community, and world right now. This year's Tunnel will engage with issues of reproductive justice, food justice, and slavery. Participants will be given opportunities to reflect on the ways in which we participate in the systems that reproduce inequality -- and be compelled to take informed action
Thursday January 26, 2012
6 p.m.“Visions of Success”
IKE Box Café | 299 Cottage St. NE

Features Willamette Academy students as they reflect and share their perspectives and experiences of success within the education system.

Tuesday January 31, 2012
4–5 p.m.“LGBT and Allied (LGBTA) 101 - The Basics”
Montag Den
‘LGBT 101’ is a professional development workshop led by Cathy Busha that encourages WU faculty, staff and student leaders to attain foundational knowledge of LGBTA communities and identities.  Participants will learn basic definitions of the LGBTA community; an understanding of heterosexism/homophobia and how to begin recognizing and addressing these issues on campus and in the classroom. Co=Sponsored by the Multicultural Affairs Committee

5:30–6:30 p.m.“LGBT and Allied 201 - Creating a Welcoming Willamette Community for LGBT and Allied People”
Montag Den
In LGBT 201, participants will increase their knowledge and skills of creating a welcoming campus for members of the LGBT community. Participants will engage in personal work; learn of the social and legal challenges and opportunities LGBT people face; learn how to have conversations with others around these issues; and discuss concrete steps allies can take to help support LGBT students. The workshop will include a discussion of next steps if establishing a "Safe Zone" program at Willamette University.

LGBT 201 is intended to be a follow-up to LGBT 101; however, 201 participants do not have to attend the 101 session.

Cathy Busha is a native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania Cathy Busha is a Faculty member with Chemeketa Community College’s Human Services program. The focus of her work includes multi-issue community organizing, particularly LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) people of color, youth and immigrants. She worked professionally in the LGBT movement for 15 years, including positions at LGBT Community Centers in Tucson, Denver, and Boulder and as the first Director of LGBT Affairs at The University of Arizona.

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For more information on any of these events, call (503)370-6265.



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