2023 Week of MLK Events

The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is pleased to announce the 2023 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Living Legacy Convocation! This year's speaker is Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., New York Times Bestselling Author & Chair of Princeton’s Department of African American Studies.

One of the nation’s most prominent scholars, Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr. is an author, political commentator, public intellectual and passionate educator who examines the complex dynamics of the American experience. His writings, including Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, In a Shade of Blue: Pragmatism and the Politics of Black America, and his most recent, the New York Times bestseller, Begin Again: James Baldwin’s America and Its Urgent Lessons for our Own, takes a wide look at Black communities, the difficulties of race in the United States and the challenges we face as a democracy. In his writing and speaking, Glaude is an American critic in the tradition of James Baldwin and Ralph Waldo Emerson, confronting history and bringing our nation’s complexities, vulnerabilities and hope into full view. Hope that is, in one of his favorite quotes from W.E.B. Du Bois, "not hopeless, but a bit unhopeful."

Convocation Event:

Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Location: Jorgensen Theater

Live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i28kDZIVDkw&ab_channel=UCTV

Live captioning: https://www.streamtext.net/player?event=UCONN-MLK-2023

Virtual program details: https://diversity.uconn.edu/lessons-from-the-later-dr-king-program/

This event is free and open to the public, but a ticket is required. Secure your ticket here.

This event is co-sponsored by the Provost's Office, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Africana Studies Institute, Neag School of Education, UConn Library, the School of Pharmacy, and the School of Fine Arts.

Graduate Students of Color Meet and Greet!

Date: January 18th

Time: 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Location: ODI Commons

Join Graduate Students of Color in a Meet and Greet taking place at the ODI Commons on January 18th, 2023 from 3:30-5:30 pm! Come meet fellow Graduate Students of Color to build community while sharing space and food.

The ODI Commons is located on the first floor of the student union next to the student union theater. Registration is required so please utilize this link to RSVP. See you there!

National Day of Racial Healing Event

Date: January 17th 

Time: 12pm - 1.30pm

Location: Class of ’47 room, UConn Library and virtual option

RSVP here.

Title: Counternarratives on the Racial Realities of Working in Predominantly White Spaces: A Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Event


In this session UConn Faculty and Staff will share counternarratives on their individual and collective lived experiences both in and outside of the classroom related to the impact of race in higher education.

According to Lee Anne Bell (2003), counternarratives can help us learn about race and racism by helping us become more conscious of historical and current realities by interrupting common notions that prevent movement toward democratic and inclusive communities.  Specifically, she argues that counternarratives can serve as a tool for developing a more critical race consciousness about social relations in historically white institutions (HWIs).



The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service empowers individuals, strengthens communities, bridges barriers, creates solutions to social problems, and moves us closer to Dr. King's vision of a "Beloved Community." Dr. King believed in a nation of freedom and justice for all, and encouraged all citizens to live up to the purpose and potential of America by applying the principles of nonviolence to make this country a better place to live—creating the Beloved Community.

The MLK Jr. Day of Service is a way to transform Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s life and teachings into community action that helps solve social problems. That service may meet a tangible need, or it may meet a need of the spirit. On this day, Americans of every age and background celebrate Dr. King through service projects that strengthen communities, empower individuals, bridge barriers, and create solutions.

On this day, students all over the UConn Campus will partake in service opportunities, hear for speakers, and engage in meaningful discussion.

For more info, and to RSVP, please visit the UConntact site.