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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 14-18, 2022

MLK Week 2022

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Face coverings are required at all in-person MLK events as part of Creighton University's COVID-19 protocols.


Friday, January 14
A Conversation on Voting with Professor Atiba Ellis (Exploring the History of Voting and the Present State of Voting in America)

Noon–1 p.m. | Ahmanson Law Center, Room 124

Atiba Ellis, JD, professor of law at Marquette University Law School, will explore the topic of voting in America, starting with the mid-1900s to the present. The conversation will explore the difficulties involved with voting for persons of color throughout history and different barriers created in the past and how the barriers have been recreated in the present. Voting is a vital element within American society, so this discussion will also highlight how votes have been weaponized against parties and voting groups. 

 


Monday, January 17
MLK Day Faculty/Staff Panel Discussion

10 a.m. | Virtual event

Panelists:

  • Shawntal Mallory, Nebraska Legal Diversity Council, Executive Director - About
  • Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, Creighton University, Jesuit Regent - About
  • Sarah Singletary Walker, Creighton University, Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - About
  • Marcus Blossom, Creighton University, McCormick Endowed Athletic Director - About
  • Virtual Event Link - Faculty/Staff Panel Discussion
     

MLK for Community Day
Noon–4 p.m. | Kiewit Fitness Center

An opportunity to engage in fellowship while living out our Catholic and Jesuit mission by participating in a collective service activity. Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to cut and tie blankets for the elderly, sort materials and then package winter packs for those experiencing homelessness, and learn more about what opportunities are available as we celebrate MLK Jr.’s legacy on campus for the week ahead. 
 


Tuesday, January 18
Unity Prayer Luncheon

11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Mike and Josie Harper Center 
In-person capacity is limited to 132 - Grab and go lunch provided after event

“Avoid Superficial Optimism, Avoid Deadening Pessimism, Remain Maladjusted (Unsatisfied with Social Circumstances)”

Keynote Speaker:
Byron D’Andra Orey, PhD, professor and former chair of the political science department at Jackson State University, and a W.K. Kellogg fellow with the Kellogg Foundation

Upon receiving his PhD from the University of New Orleans, Orey taught at the University of Mississippi, was tenured and promoted to associate professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and currently teaches at Jackson State University. Orey’s research is in the areas of race, politics, and social justice, focusing heavily on the psychology of Black trauma, implicit bias, voting rights, police reform, and systemic racism. As the director of the Jackson Political Science Research Laboratory, Orey has established a pipeline of students of color entering PhD programs. Over the past 10 years, 18 of his former research assistants have enrolled in some of the top PhD programs across the country.

 


Day of Racial Healing Discussion
1:30–3 p.m. | Virtual

“The 2020 COVID/BLM Connection and What it Teaches Us about Racial Healing in 2022”
Interest convergence is a powerful tool for helping White and BIPOC communities understand their roles in racial justice and healing. It is the theory that racial justice will advance only when White communities perceive that it is in their interests to support equality. This session will explore how to recognize and leverage interest convergence for longer lasting change through awareness, healing, and advocacy. Participants will leave with their own personal action plans for contributing to racial healing. 

Hosted by the Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation in partnership with Creighton University and the Kingfisher Institute. 

Facilitated by: 

  • Nuri Heckler, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Erika Dakin Kirby, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies, A.F. Jacobson Endowed Chair in Communication, Creighton University
  • Barry Thomas, Senior Consultant for HR and Diversity Equity and Inclusion with BCT Partners, LLC

 

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Add to Calendar 20220118T113000Z 20220118T150000Z America/Chicago MLK Week 2022 <p><em>Face coverings are required at all in-person MLK events as part of Creighton University's COVID-19 protocols.</em></p> <hr /> <p><strong>Friday, January 14<br /> A Conversation on Voting with Professor Atiba Ellis (Exploring the History of Voting and the Present State of Voting in America)</strong><br /> Noon–1 p.m. | Ahmanson Law Center, Room 124</p> <p>Atiba Ellis, JD, professor of law at Marquette University Law School, will explore the topic of voting in America, starting with the mid-1900s to the present. The conversation will explore the difficulties involved with voting for persons of color throughout history and different barriers created in the past and how the barriers have been recreated in the present. Voting is a vital element within American society, so this discussion will also highlight how votes have been weaponized against parties and voting groups.&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-conversation-on-voting-with-professor-atiba-ellis-tickets-227948519157" target="_blank">Registration - A Conversation on Voting with Professor Atiba Ellis</a><br /> (A Zoom link will be provided for virtual attendance following registration.)</strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!--<hr /> <p><strong>Saturday, January 15<br /> MLK <em>with</em> Community Day</strong><br /> Noon–4 p.m. | Kiewit Fitness Center</p> <p>Creighton provides an opportunity to engage in fellowship while community for students, faculty, and staff to learn more about local businesses, community organizations, and available services. In addition, there will be food, prizes, carnival games, inflatables, and more! The event is open to the public.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p>--> <hr /> <p><strong>Monday, January 17<br /> MLK Day Faculty/Staff Panel Discussion</strong><br /> 10 a.m. | Virtual event</p> <p><strong>Panelists</strong>:</p> <ul> <li>Shawntal Mallory, Nebraska Legal Diversity Council,&nbsp;Executive Director - <a href="/sites/default/files/2022-01/shawntal-mallory.pdf" target="_blank">About</a></li> <li>Patrick Saint-Jean, SJ, Creighton University,&nbsp;Jesuit Regent - <a href="https://my.creighton.edu/studentlife/directory/patrick-saint-jean" target="_blank">About</a></li> <li>Sarah Singletary Walker, Creighton University,&nbsp;Vice President for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - <a href="/campus-directory/walker-sarah" target="_blank">About</a></li> <li>Marcus Blossom, Creighton University, McCormick Endowed Athletic Director - <a href="https://gocreighton.com/staff-directory/marcus-blossom/1341" target="_blank">About</a></li> <li><a href="https://bluecast.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=ab78e4b0-7f15-4f2c-9c8f-ade301212370" target="_blank"><b>Virtual Event Link -&nbsp;</b><strong>Faculty/Staff Panel Discussion</strong></a><br /> &nbsp;</li> </ul> <hr /> <p><strong>MLK <em>for</em> Community Day</strong><br /> Noon–4 p.m. | Kiewit Fitness Center<br /> <br /> An opportunity to engage in fellowship while living out our Catholic and Jesuit mission by participating in a collective service activity.&nbsp;Students, faculty, and staff will have the opportunity to cut and tie blankets for the elderly, sort materials and then package winter packs for those experiencing homelessness, and learn more about what opportunities are available as we celebrate MLK Jr.’s legacy on campus for the week ahead.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Tuesday, January 18<br /> Unity Prayer Luncheon</strong><br /> 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. | Hixson-Lied Auditorium in the Mike and Josie Harper Center&nbsp;<br /> <em>In-person capacity is limited to 132 - Grab and go lunch provided after event</em></p> <p><strong>“Avoid Superficial Optimism, Avoid Deadening Pessimism, Remain Maladjusted (Unsatisfied with Social Circumstances)”</strong></p> <p>Keynote Speaker:<br /> Byron D’Andra Orey, PhD, professor and former chair of the political science department at Jackson State University, and a W.K. Kellogg fellow with the Kellogg Foundation</p> <p>Upon receiving his PhD from the University of New Orleans, Orey taught at the University of Mississippi, was tenured and promoted to associate professor at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and currently teaches at Jackson State University. Orey’s research is in the areas of race, politics, and social justice, focusing heavily on the psychology of Black trauma, implicit bias, voting rights, police reform, and systemic racism. As the director of the Jackson Political Science Research Laboratory, Orey has established a pipeline of students of color entering PhD programs. Over the past 10 years, 18 of his former research assistants have enrolled in some of the top PhD programs across the country.</p> <ul> <li><strong><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mlk-unity-prayer-luncheon-january-18-2022-tickets-227881970107" target="_blank">Registration - Unity Prayer Luncheon</a>&nbsp;</strong></li> <li><strong><a href="https://bluecast.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=42ff1f3f-b7f8-4288-8d65-ae1c001dc56b" target="_blank">Virtual Event Link - Unity Prayer Luncheon</a></strong></li> <li><strong><a href="/sites/default/files/2022-01/MLK_UnityPrayerProgram.pdf" target="_blank">Unity Prayer Luncheon Program (PDF)</a></strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <hr /> <p><strong>Day of Racial Healing Discussion</strong><br /> 1:30–3 p.m. | Virtual</p> <p><strong>“The 2020 COVID/BLM Connection and What it Teaches Us about Racial Healing in 2022”</strong><br /> Interest convergence is a powerful tool for helping White and BIPOC communities understand their roles in racial justice and healing. It is the theory that racial justice will advance only when White communities perceive that it is in their interests to support equality. This session will explore how to recognize and leverage interest convergence for longer lasting change through awareness, healing, and advocacy. Participants will leave with their own personal action plans for contributing to racial healing.&nbsp;</p> <p>Hosted by the Omaha Community Council for Racial Justice and Reconciliation in partnership with Creighton University and the Kingfisher Institute.&nbsp;</p> <p>Facilitated by:&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>Nuri Heckler, JD, PhD, Assistant Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Nebraska at Omaha</li> <li>Erika Dakin Kirby, PhD, Professor of Communication Studies, A.F. Jacobson Endowed Chair in Communication, Creighton University</li> <li>Barry Thomas, Senior Consultant for HR and Diversity Equity and Inclusion with BCT Partners, LLC</li> </ul> <ul> <li><a href="https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-day-of-racial-healing-2022-tickets-228550198797" target="_blank"><strong>Registration - Day of Racial Healing Discussion</strong></a><br /> <strong>(A Zoom link will be provided for virtual attendance following registration.)</strong></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <!--<hr /> <p><strong>Student Essay Contest</strong><br /> 6 p.m. | Mike and Josie Harper Center, Ahmanson Ballroom</p> <p>Winners at grade levels will be awarded certificates and the overall winner’s classroom will get a pizza party hosted by Godfather’s Pizza.</p>--> Creighton Campus and Virtual

Location

Creighton Campus and Virtual