The mission of the University of Arizona's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration is to honor the legacy and the tenets set forth by Dr. King and his life examples of service and leadership. As a servant leader, Dr. King chose to commit his life to serve others. His leadership was grounded in supporting and expanding service for marginalized communities. Servant leadership exemplifies the Arizona Wildcat Community Core Values: integrity, compassion, exploration, adaptation, inclusion, and determination.
Throughout the week, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with collaborations that explore MLK's vision for the United States, a week of service opportunities, and learning opportunities to explore inclusion and justice on campus.
Schedule of Events
UArizona MLK Celebration Day of Exploration
UArizona MLK Celebration Week Keynote Kick Off
Join Dr. Frederick W. Gooding, Jr. as he delivers our MLK Day lecture entitled MLK: A Dream Deferred?. Dr. Gooding Jr. is an Associate Professor within the Honors College at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth, TX. Featured in national publications such as New York Times and USA Today, Dr. Gooding critically analyzes race in mainstream media and engages audiences on patterns "hidden in plain sight." Gooding’s best-known work thus far is You Mean, There’s RACE in My Movie? The Complete Guide to Understanding Race in Mainstream Hollywood has been utilized in high schools and universities nationwide. He also serves as chair of TCU's Race & Reconciliation Initiative and has reached an international audience with messages of racial healing through the podcast, Reconcile This!.
Explore the words and work of Dr. King. Here are a few resources:
UArizona MLK Celebration Week of Service
Community Services and Connections
Join the IMA/Tucson Community Virtual March - Monday, January 17, 2022, at 10:00 AM
Week of Service: January 17 - 23
In partnership with the University of Arizona College of Applied Science & Technology and the University South Foundation, the Wildcat Global Community is encouraged to join together to support local deserving organizations and neighbors from wherever you are by hosting donation/collection drives. Sign up your team, office, and/or yourself and tell us about your service. The UArizona Tucson Campus collections to benefit Youth On Their Own.
Host a Donation Collection - Benefiting local community organizations
Registration: UA MLK Week of Service Sign Up
All campuses, students, community members... can participate and choose benefactors.
Tucson Campus donations go to: Home - Youth On Their Own (yoto.org))
UArizona MLK Celebration Day of Integrity
Interfaith Inclusion & Solidarity Prayer Service
In partnership with the University Religious Council and with deference to Dr. King's pivotal role a pastor and faith leader, the Interfaith Prayer Service is an inclusive celebration consisting of many faiths represented on campus. Participants can expect to meet members of the University Religious Council and local clergy from the Tucson area. This is an opportunity for us to connect with not only his work as a civil rights leader, but as a spiritual leader and how those worlds intersect. Light refreshments will be provided.
UArizona MLK Celebration Day of Adaptation
Social Media Take Over - "Harnessing the Power of Diversity, Every Wildcat Every Day!" #UArizonaDiversity #UArizonaMLK
This is an opportunity for the Wildcat Global Community to share their personal stories about Diversity, Inclusion, and Service to humankind. Those who align with the precepts of Diversity and Inclusion, have a little bit of Dr. King's spirit in all of us. Social Media can be the great equalizer - lets share how diversity, inclusion, accessibility and MLK have helped shape our personal journeys and how we have made adaptations in our lives and the world around us for the better.
- Post on your own social media platforms using #UArizonaMLK or #UArizonaDiversity
- Share personal stories, videos, photos, etc. of ways that they are encouraged by the work of MLK and how you "Harness the Power of Diversity, Every Wildcat Every Day!"
UArizona MLK Celebration Day of Inclusion & Day of Determination
Inaugural Diversity & Inclusion Symposium
Join the virtual Diversity & Inclusion Symposium at the University of Arizona is a unique opportunity for faculty and staff to learn and discuss important topics related to diversity and inclusion through hands-on interactive breakout sessions, a keynote speaker, and dialogues. Participants gather for facilitated discussions on critical issues affecting higher education, such as unconscious bias, student success for marginalized students, intersectionality and unlearning harmful actions.