The Office of the Vice President of Institute Diversity chairs the Campus-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Campus Celebration Committee. Co-chairs represent Ivan Allan College, Student Diversity Programs, Government & Community Relations and the Student Center. In addition, other faculty, staff and students serve on the committee. The Committee has worked diligently to make the Campus Celebration worthy of an institution of higher education situated in the city that played an integral role in the Civil Rights Movement. Since its inception in 2011, the Committee has hosted notable speakers like the honorable Julian Bond, Ms. Myrlie Evers-Williams, Martin Luther King, III, and Rwandan diplomat and current Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the United Nations – His Excellency, Ambassador Euge᷃ne-Richard Gasana. The Campus-wide Celebration features a key-note speech, Student Celebration, MLK Day of Service, Civil Rights Tour and a Sunday Supper – a day where students who have participated in MLK campus events come together over a meal to discuss the true meaning of the holiday and what they took away.
MLK Student Celebration
2020 will mark the ninth annual Student Celebration, and the celebration attracts a diverse group of students. Students will gather to hear four energized student speakers who will participate in a highly selective application process; last year’s speakers received a professional padfolio from Buzzfunds. In addition, several student organizations will provide entertainment e.g. spoken word, stepping, singing, dance, and various cultural celebrations. The event culminates with over 50 student organizations lighting a candle on behalf of Dr. King. At the reception, students stayed around for hours to congratulate the speakers and talk about the meaning of the holiday. Last year, the student committee provided an opportunity for students to reflect by posting their thoughts on white boards. The Student Celebration is hosted by Mr. & Ms. Georgia Tech. The celebration will be held on Thursday, January 16, 2020 at the Student Center Ballroom at 7:00 PM. Please contact Lauren Bell or Christine Brockman if you want to sign your student organization up for the Candle Lighting Ceremony.
Civil Rights Tour
A few years ago, the MLK Student Borad strongly encouraged the Office of Student Diversity Programs to lead students on Civil Rights tours. For the past three-years, the MLK Campus Celebration ended with a trip to a destination to explore the history of the Civil Rights era and visit key locations that played a major factor toward the Equal Rights Movement. The MLK Student Committee toured the Civil Rights sites in Montgomery, AL and Birmingham, AL in 2012 and 2013 respectively. In 2014, the committee voted unanimously to tour the Civil Rights Sites in Memphis, TN. The tours have followed the life of Dr. Martin Luther King; Jr. Memphis TN is where Dr. King was assassinated. Theses cultural immersions provided a first-hand experience for up to 70 students and 30 faculty and staff members to gain an awareness of where we have come as a nation with respect to diversity and civil rights and also highlights the work we must continue in order to establish a more equitable and just world. This event is one of the best examples of faculty-student interaction and engagement. In 2015, over 700 individuals from the Georgia Tech community toured the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. In 2017, Seventy students and thirty faculty toured Civil Rights sites in Washington, D.C. Participants will visit the National Museum of African American History & Culture, the National Mall, and other historic sites.ot be spon The MLK Student Board sponsored a Civil Rights tour of Birmingham, Selma and Montgomery, AL in 2019. The MLK Student Board is currently planning a Civil Rights Tour for 2020.
Peyton Kliewer- Student Board Overall Chair
Zoe Guthrie & Etienne Batiste - Student Celebration Co-chairs
Sammy Otto - Cultural Events Committee Chair
Aisha Abdullahi- Student Speaker Committee Chair
Faith Aisen & Olivia Wagner - Civil Rights Trip Co-Chairs
If you are interested in serving on a Committee, please contact Dean Stephanie Ray (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Peyton Kliewer (email@example.com).