King Week 2021

 

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day of Service and Leadership

Honey W. Nashman Center for Community Engagement and Public Service
Virtual
1:00pm EST

Join us for GW's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King. The day will begin at 1pm EST with a virtual opening program and keynote speaker. Joining us this year is Clint Smith, author and activist.

Participants can then choose to engage in a virtual service project or workshop. Unable to join us but still want to support the community? In addition to virtual service projects and workshops we are proud to host a Winter Care Package Drive to support DCPS Connected Schools.

Register here. Questions? Please email us at [email protected].

 WEDNESDAY, JAN 13

Walk to King's Dream

Meet at the MSSC
12:00 - 3:00pm EST

Join us for a casual and scenic walk through historic sites on the George Washington University Campus, south to the plaza at the President Abraham Lincoln Memorial, and ever onward to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Memorial. All participants should follow standard Covid 19 safety protocols. Wearing masks and social distancing is required. Reflections from the walk will be shared at the MLK Birthday Celebration at Noon on Friday, January 15. (youtube live) Depart from the Multicultural Student Services Center, 2127 G Street NW at Noon.

Please RSVP Here.

 FRIDAY, JAN 15

Messages from the Mountaintop

Kogan Plaza
10:00am - 3:00pm EST

The content of the speech, often called "I've Been to the Mountaintop," is considered by many to be one of King's most inspirational works… "An improvised masterpiece," declared Reverend Ralph Abernathy. The threats he received before that night and the chatter in the streets that day led many to believe that "I may not get there with you" was a prescient warning of King’s impending death. His physical collapse while stepping down from the pulpit at the Mason Chapel (Church of God in Christ Headquarters) in Memphis, Tennessee, indicated his exhaustion and his acute awareness of what tomorrow might bring. Before the program, he sought assurance that the choir would sing, "Take my hand Precious Lord" that night. The tragedy occurred the very next day at the Lorraine Motel.

In the spirit of that specific speech, we commit to keeping Dr. King's voice alive at GW to celebrate his birthday. We will not be gathering physically or virtually, however, you will be able to hear the sounds of King's Voice in Kogan Plaza between 11 am and 3 pm.

Presented by the Multicultural Student Services Center

 SATURDAY, JAN 16 - SUNDAY, JAN 17

4th Annual George Hacks: Medical Solutions

Virtual
1:00pm EST

The 4th Annual George Hacks Medical Solutions innovation competition is a 24-hour virtual hackathon-style event for teams of 3-4 students. Students will choose one problem statement from a set of pitches presented by participating healthcare organizations and work together, with the help of mentors who work in industry, to form feasible interdisciplinary solutions. The problem statements may be patient-specific or involve a systematic issue relevant to the function of the presenting organization.

Form sign up is here! Please email [email protected] with any questions.

 MONDAY, JAN 18

Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Day of Service and Leadership

Virtual
1:00pm EST

Join us for GW's annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service in honor of the life and legacy of Dr. King. The day will begin at 1pm EST with a virtual opening program and keynote speaker. Joining us this year is Clint Smith, author and activist.

Participants can then choose to engage in a virtual service project or workshop. Unable to join us but still want to support the community? In addition to virtual service projects and workshops we are proud to host a Winter Care Package Drive to support DCPS Connected Schools.

Register here. Questions? Please email us at [email protected].

 TUESDAY, JAN 19

Principled Leadership in Times of Crisis

Virtual
1:00 - 2:00pm EST

Former Elliott School Dean Reuben Brigety will discuss the life and experience of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and its meaning for students of international affairs. International events -- including anti-colonial movements in Africa and Gandhi's peaceful protests against British rule -- shaped Dr. King, who in turn has inspired human freedom movements for the past half-century. Dean Brigety will explore Dr. King's example of moral leadership.

Please RSVP Here.

 THURSDAY, JAN 21

An Interfaith Reflection in the Quaker Meeting Tradition

Webex
12:00 - 1:00pm EST

Join us as the Director of the MSSC Michael Tapscott (Sidwell Friends, 73), provides a (brief) historic overview of the Quaker Faith with a focus on the philosophy, history, and values shared with King in his quest for the "beloved community." This event is open to anyone interested in gathering together to reflect on King's legacy while experiencing some of the traditions of a Quaker Meeting for Worship. Participants often share a story about the way that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. impacted their lives if moved by the spirit to do so. This celebration of shared humanity and inclusion is open to every religious and non-religious expression.

 

Please RSVP Here.

 TUESDAY, JAN 26

You Voted. What Now? – Leveraging Academic Knowledge & Skills in Community Engagement

Virtual
7:00pm EST

You Voted, What Now? is a series of sessions centered on actions the GW community can take post-election. Voting is only one form of civic engagement and these sessions will provide guidance and resources on how to get involved in the six pathways of public service and engagement. While many faculty encourage students to gain “real world experience” to prepare them for their professional careers, academic skills like critical thinking, creative expression, effective writing, problem solving, and doing research, are imperative for being an effective, active citizen in a diverse democracy. Let’s talk about how your engagement with the community can leverage your knowledge and skills to increase the value you contribute and your ability to be a change agent. Presented by Dr. Wendy Wagner and Dr. Rachel Talbert, this session will focus on Community-Engaged Scholarship.

Register here.

 WEDNESDAY, JAN 27

The Origins of Our Discontents: A Conversation with Isabel Wilkerson Moderated by Adena Kirstein, Executive Director of GW Hillel

Virtual
6:30 PM EST

Isabel Wilkerson is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author of the New York Times Best Seller, Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents. In conversation with Adena Kirstein, Executive Director of GW Hillel, Wilkerson will discuss her recent work, which links the caste systems of America, India, and Nazi Germany. She presents caste systems as the unseen framework underlying modern civilization and offers caste systems as the origin of injustice, inequity, and discrimination. Wilkerson writes of topics that are difficult to read about, but her work is powerful, necessary, and comes at a pivotal moment in time for our country.

Please RSVP here.

 THURSDAY, JAN 28

5th Annual GW SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: Developing a Dangerous Unselfishness

Virtual
12:00 - 1:30pm EST

The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to the 5th Annual GW SMHS Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Lecture: Developing a Dangerous Unselfishness, honoring Dr. King's advocacy for human rights featuring LJ Punch, MD as our featured speaker. Dr. Punch loves to heal. They were born in Washington D.C. and grew up in Ohio, the child of a Trinidadian computer specialist and a Polish botanist. Educated in medicine at the University of Connecticut and trained in surgery at the University of Maryland and R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, this desire to heal has brought life to a career with a three-fold focus: education, violence, and equity

As a trauma surgeon at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and associate professor at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine, Dr. LJ Punch's work came to life in various undergraduate and graduate medical education courses focused on the experience of violence-related injury across the entire spectrum of illness and healing. This lecture will provide the audience a thought-provoking talk on bullet-related injuries while re-imagining and advancing Dr. King's "I Have A Dream" speech to embrace the challenge of eliminating health disparities and transforming health care to enrich and improve the lives of those we serve. We hope you can join us by registering below.

Please register here.

The Inaugural GSEHD Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Lecture
#WhatRacismFeelsLike: A Social-Ecological Content Analysis of Institutional Twitter Feeds and Grassroots Hashtags

Virtual
5:00 - 6:30pm EST

Higher education institution's characteristics and climate are associated with professional, academic, and social outcomes. These outcomes can be enhanced through online engagement that promotes or stifles group communication and learning. Engagement in the online learning communities through Twitter provides students, staff, and faculty communication methods that amplify personal experience and voice while attending or working at the university. Yet voicing personal experiences problematizes institutional norms and practices that are grounded in the status quo. Through a content analysis of institutional twitter data, we aim to bring attention to engagement on social media platforms that reinforce the status quo, thus stifling minoritized voices, using a social-ecological framework. The consequences of maintaining the status quo include recruitment and retention problems for minoritized students, faculty, and staff at higher education institutions. Leading the presentation is Dr.Sarah Ray with a response given by Dr.Shaista Khilji.

Register here.

Special Thanks to:
Dr. Dwayne Kwaysee Wright
Dr. Christine Nganga
Dr. Maxine Freund
Kallie Aultman

 THURSDAY, FEB 4

You Voted. What Now? - Innovating Change through Social Entrepreneurship and Corporate Social Responsibility

Virtual
6:00pm EST

You Voted, What Now? is a series of sessions centered on actions the GW community can take post-election. Voting is only one form of civic engagement and these sessions will provide guidance and resources on how to get involved in the six pathways of public service and engagement. Join the GWupstart team as guest panelists share how professionals in the Corporate Social Responsibility work space and Social Entrepreneurs are innovating change. This session will focus on the importance of community partnerships and creating change from within existing structures.

Presented by Dania Castro, Program Manager for Social Innovation, this session will focus on innovative ways to make social change.

Register here.