Office of Diversity Programming

Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 2015

2015 Martin Luther King Jr. Day PosterMarch and Rally 

Join us! – The annual march starts at 12:10 p.m. in front of the Center of Southwest Studies and ends in the Student Union where the inspirational Fort Lewis College Choir will perform at 12:30 p.m.

The Rally is an open mic inviting responses to the question “What are you doing or what would you like to be doing in the fight for social justice?”

Social Justice Festival (Download Social Justice Festival flyer)

Tools for making change!
Hands-on workshops will be offered to the college and the Durango community in the Student Union Ballroom from 3:15 - 4:15 p.m. and 4:15 - 5:15 p.m.

Workshops:

Theater for Social Change Felicia Meyer and Judy Austin One of the first steps in anti-bias education is to listen to and see another individual for who they are, based on how they identify themselves. This interactive workshop will use theater games and exercises to practice “stepping into someone else’s shoes” in a safe, fun, and purposeful way.

Clarity In Protest Art Shan Wells- Political Cartoonist, Huffington Post, Durango Telegraph, Artizans Protests are only as good as their message. If your message is muddled or a cliché’, your protest will be ineffective at best, and at worst, can actually damage your cause. The recent Greenpeace debacle in Peru is a good example. Shan will talk about how to hone concept and messaging so that your statement is sharp, clear, and powerful.

How to Build a Campaign that will save the World Rachel Landis & Environmental Center Student Staff We all have ideas for what we want to do to make this world better – be it for us, for our planet, for the people around us. To actually take those ideas and turn them into reality requires having a clear vision, building out a solid strategy and ultimately engaging the right tactics. Jumpstart your skill set and, thus ability to create change in this interactive workshop where we’ll explore a framework for building out effective campaigns.

Words of Change: The Language of Protest Eric Notaro, Annie Stathes, Bill Mangrum and Candace Nadon People use poetry, blogs, posters, and other modes of writing to express needs and desires and to facilitate meaningful action. This workshop gives participants the chance to express ideas, promote causes, and inspire action across multiple genres.

Mindful Communication Workshop Members of the Proponents of Contemplative Pedagogy Faculty Group Good communication is essential for those involved in social justice issues. This workshop will utilize the practice of mindfulness to learn to listen more deeply to others and to develop greater clarity and confidence about how to respond.

The Power of the Stencil for making Change Jacque Anthony, Jason Harris and other students A little stencil can go a long way! Come make on of your own and have it painted onto a flag that will later be displayed in the library fishbowl.

Transforming Conflict into Opportunity Tricia Winslow Make your approach as effective as possible by understanding how you deal with conflict.

Evening Program

Black Mesa – 6 p.m. Room 130, Noble Hall
Keynote Speakers: Fern Benally and Danny Blackgoat
Movie: Broken Rainbow Governmental policies and corporate coal mining practices have displaced many Indigenous peoples of Black Mesa off their homeland while simultaneously destroying resources and sacred sites. Learn more about Black Mesa and meet Indigenous relocation resistors who are fighting to stay on their land. More info on the Support Black Mesa website.

Parking Information

Free parking in the football stadium parking lot D. For more information, contact Nancy Stoffer, 247-7170 Sponsored by the Office of Diversity Programming at Fort Lewis College