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Martin Luther King Jr. Week of Reflection 

Please join us in celebrating and honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and his accomplishments. Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is a Federal holiday designated as a national day of service and “a day on, not a day off” to encourage all to volunteer to better their communities. The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion (CMEI) in collaboration with the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, MSU Denver's Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the University of Colorado Denver's Center for Identity & Inclusion, and the University of Colorado Boulder's Center for Inclusion and Social Change are celebrating’s Dr. King’s legacy with a week of community-based discussions, reflections, and education. Please join us throughout the week to reflect on Dr. King’s approach to activism during the Civil Rights Movement and its correlation with the current struggles of persons of color to achieve liberation.

Keep scrolling down to view all events for this week!

Open to the Auraria Campus and Community

MLK Week of Reflection: What Does the Civil Rights Movement Look Like in 2021? 


MLK Stories

Monday, January 18th | All Day  

Please join the Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and CU Denver’s Center for Identity and Inclusion in celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy on social media. Share your stories on how Dr. King has impacted your life, movement, activism, identity, and/or experience. Create and share your MLK story on Instagram or on your social media page, tag @MSUDenverCMEI and use #MLKStoriesAuraria

Black Electoral Politics Panelist Discussion

Tuesday, January 19th | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM     

Please join Dr. Antwan Jefferson, Associate Clinical Professor in the School of Education and Human Development at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Anthony Starke, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, Dr. Devon Wright, Assistant Professor in the Department of Africana Studies and the Department of Sociology at MSU Denver, and Dr. Darlene Sampson, Clinical Field Faculty in the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver & Equity Specialist Coordinator in the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center in a panel discussion on Black electoral politics as it pertains to the Civil Rights Movement and what the politics look like in the current social justice movement around Black Lives Matter.

I Won’t Be Silent: Tools To Become An Anti-Racist 

Thursday, January 21st | 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM     

The Equity Training Series (ETS) is a series of workshops, training, and events designed to promote conversation among students at MSU Denver surrounding social justice and racial equity. The Equity Training Series’ speakers, presenters, and facilitators aim to create a common language and vocabulary among MSU Denver students related to equity-minded student leadership. In keeping with the MSU Denver Student Affairs Division's commitment to antiracism, ETS aims to serve as a safe space and launching pad for dialogue and discourse among students from marginalized identities, their allies, and others to engage in this meaningful and impactful work. 
Open to the Auraria campus, The Center for Multicultural Engagement and Inclusion and the Equity Peer Leaders proudly presents Dr. Travis C. Smith in a workshop on implementing strategies to becoming an anti-racist. In the workshop, Dr. Smith will explore the genetic makeup of systemic racism and identify tools to combat and dismantle it in our everyday lives. After attending the workshop, students will be able to: 

  • Define systemic racism 
  • Identify how systemic racism impacts society 
  • Define micro-aggressions 
  • Identify how micro-aggressions impact marginalized folx
  • Implement tools and strategies to combat systemic racism
  • Implement tools and strategies to support and advocate for marginalized folx

Dr. Travis C. Smith

Portrait of Dr. Travis C. Smith

Dr. Travis C. Smith earned a Ph.D in the Educational Leadership in Higher Education at Clemson University. As a critical educator, he chooses to focus on inquiry, practice, and pedagogy that helps disrupt oppressive systems in order to support racially minoritized students. His research agenda is centered in Black student involvement, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Black education, and graduate Students of Color. Some of his previous work utilizes a variety of methodological qualitative approaches such as phenomenology, photo-elicitation, photovoice, and critical participatory action research. Travis’ work can be found in the Journal of Student Affairs in Africa, The Bulletin, The Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Research, and The Journal of Student Affairs. Travis is currently a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Student Personnel in Higher Education program at the University of Florida.

Closing Keynote: Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

What Does the Civil Rights Movement Look Like In 2021?

Friday, January 22nd | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Please join Dr. Michael Eric Dyson as he reflects on Dr. King’s approach to activism during the Civil Rights Movement and the correlation to our current state of social justice in America.

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Portrait of Dr. Michael Eric Dyson

Dr. Michael Eric Dyson is the Centennial Chair at Vanderbilt University and serves as University Distinguished Professor of African American and Diaspora Studies in the College of Arts and Science and University Distinguished Professor of Ethics and Society in the Divinity School. He is also a New York Times contributing opinion writer, and a contributing editor of The New Republic, and of ESPN's The Undefeated website. His rise from humble roots in Detroit to his present perch as a world class intellectual, noted author of 21 books, prominent leader and national media fixture testify to his extraordinary talent. Dyson has also taught at other elite universities like Georgetown University as a sociology professor, Brown University, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Columbia University and The University of Pennsylvania.

Local Events and Resources: 

Below is a list of local events and activities highlighting the MLK holiday.  

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