Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Monday, January 18, 2016 - 8:30am

Make it a “day on” at Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Join us for workshops, kids’ activities and a keynote address by Diana Pei Wu, executive director for Portland Jobs with Justice. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The day’s events will focus on the theme “Creating a Stronger Community: Building Coalitions and Empowering Allies.” Workshop topics include: How to be an Ally to the Black Community, LGBTQ and Allies 101, and Women in Leadership.

Light refreshments and lunch will be served. Collection of donated items will begin Jan. 4; see below for details. Let us know you can attend, RSVP today.

Jan. 18 schedule

8:30–9 a.m. — Check-in
9–9:30 a.m. — Welcome
9:30–11:20 a.m. — Workshops and children’s activities
11:30 a.m –12:30 p.m. — Lunch and keynote address
12:30–1 p.m. — Community dialogue

About the speaker:

Diana Pei Wu was born to immigrant parents from China and Taiwan, and grew up in Stamford, Conn. At age 15, Wu organized fellow Chinese students in a march to protest the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square. Since then Wu has worked on international human rights, housing, gentrification, immigrant rights, youth organization, labor, LGBTQA rights, environmental justice and climate justice

Workshop Rotation #1 - 9:30 – 10:25 a.m.

Coalition Building and Our Historical Challenge to Re-radicalize Martin Luther King Jr.—Library, Room 201
Presented by Dr. Sky Wilson, WSU Vancouver Professor of English

The politics of coalition building in our political economic environment often fetishize difference, rather than build structures that support communication—and coordination—across communities. In this workshop, we’ll explore the lessons that MLK, and the long black liberation movement, offer us in the 21st century.

Privilege and Your Place in the World—Library, Room 260
Presented by Louise Hewitt, Student Body President at Vancouver School of Arts and Academics

Learn what privilege is and engage in conversation about how to address issues of privilege in your community. Reflect on your own privilege and develop an awareness of your unique place in the world.

How to be an Ally to the Black Community—Library, Room 261
Presented by Black People United, WSU Vancouver student organization

Hear from a diverse panel of students how you can be an Ally to the Black Community. Engage in an interactive question and answer activity and leave with strategies for affecting positive change.

Road Trip to America: Understanding Immigration and the Steps to the American Dream—Library, Room 264
Presented by Latin@ Student Association, LULAC Collegiate, WSU Vancouver student organizations

When the topic of immigration arises, how many times have you heard someone say, "Why can't they (immigrants) just come here legally?" Learn answers to this question and gain a better understanding of how the immigration system in the U.S. works.

Intersecting Identities—Library, Room 265
Presented by Tasi Salanoa and Shaun Kent, WSU Vancouver student leaders

How do our different identities shape who we are and how we connect with others?  Get crafty while examining different aspects of who you are as an individual and as a community. Middle school students are encouraged to attend.

Workshop Rotation #2 - 10:30 – 11:25 a.m.

Coalition Building and Our Historical Challenge to Re-radicalize Martin Luther King Jr.—Library, Room 201
Presented by Dr. Sky Wilson, WSU Vancouver Professor of English

The politics of coalition building in our political economic environment often fetishize difference, rather than build structures that support communication—and coordination—across communities. In this workshop, we’ll explore the lessons that MLK, and the long black liberation movement, offer us in the 21st century.

Closets No More: LGBTQ and Allies 101—Library, Room 260
Presented by Michael Blankenship, WSU Vancouver Admissions Representative

With all colors of the rainbow, being an Ally to the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans* and Queer Community may seem overwhelming. Where do you begin?! Learn the basics about language and vocabulary from a WSU Vancouver Ally Trainer, and participate in an interactive Coming Out activity.

Leaning into Leadership: Strong Women Leaders for Today and Tomorrow—Library, Room 261
Presented by Michelle McIlvoy, WSU Vancouver Director of Student Development, Student Affairs

Learn about and discuss the challenges and opportunities women face in leadership and the workplace. Identify several ways you can develop your personal leadership style, assist other women and find success individually and collectively.

I Don’t Fit in Your Box—Library, Room 265
Presented by Jay Atwood, Founder of the Lextin Project

Gain a better understanding of the human action and reaction to stereotyping. An attempt to maintain predictable behavior can lead to discrimination and oppression. To challenge your values and beliefs is the only way to truly honor differences. Middle school students are encouraged to attend.


Jan. 4 – 18

Donate new hygiene, household and medical products, and nonperishable food items to Martha’s Pantry and the Free Clinic of Southwest Washington. Individuals and groups are encouraged to contribute items from the list below. Donation bins will be located in the Dengerink Administration Building, Firstenburg Student Commons, Library Building, Multimedia Classroom Building and Undergraduate Building.

Martha’s Pantry:

  • Clothing and household items
  • Household cleaning products
  • Paper and plastic goods
  • Personal hygiene and toiletry items
  • Pet foods
  • School supplies

Free Clinic of Southwest Washington:

  • Arm slings
  • Blood pressure cuffs (no automatic)
  • Coffee beans
  • Cotton applicators (swabs)
  • Ear thermometers, battery operated
  • Gloves (NO LATEX, all sizes except XS and XL)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Insulin (types R, N, and 70/30—can be purchased over the counter at Wal-Mart for $24.88/each)
  • Kid-friendly DVD movies
  • Kids Band-Aids and Spot Band-Aids
  • Long distance domestic phone cards
  • Unscented hand moisturizer
  • Office supplies (copy paper, black ink pens, staples, etc.)
  • Paper cups (Solo/Dixie)
  • Powdered coffee creamer
  • Prepackaged food and beverages for volunteers (bottled water, juice, crackers, granola bars, etc.)
  • Tissues
  • Tongue depressors
  • Travel-size toothpaste and floss
  • Wrist splints/braces
Location: 
Firstenburg Student Commons
Contact for more information: 

Email Amanda Shannahan or call 360-546-9182

Sponsored by: 
Asian Pacific Islander Club, Black People United, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Human Development, Latina/o Student Association and Student Diversity Center

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