2024 MLK Week of Events

National Day of Racial Healing 2023

JAN 15: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

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 from speakers, and engage in meaningful reflection.

We will also be hosting a food drive during the event as well. If you are able to, we will be collecting any canned/non-perishable food items to be donated to a local food pantry. Please register here >

For questions please email: uconn.co.initiatives@gmail.com

If you require accommodations, please email uconn.co.initiatives@gmail.com at least 1 week prior to the event.

National Day of Racial Healing 2024

JAN 16: The National Day of Healing with Dr. Anneliese Singh

Join us for an enlightening event on the National Day of Racial Healing, featuring Dr. Anneleise Singh. Discover practical activities to empower yourself in challenging privilege, confronting systemic racism, and actively participating in collective healing.

Please register here >

Time: 12-1:30 PM
Location: Online via WebEx

You can access Dr. Singh’s book, The Racial Healing Handbook, at the UConn Library here.

National Day of Racial Healing 2023

JAN 16: Self-Care Event for Historically Excluded and Racially Oppressed (HERO) Graduate Students

Join the Office for Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) Central Office for a self-care workshop focusing on Historically Excluded and Racially Oppressed (HERO) Graduate Students with Dr. Diandra Prescod.

We hope to see you there! Registration required.

Please register here >

Time: 2-3:30 PM
Location: Student Union ODI Commons

The Power of Restorative Justice

JAN 18: Special MLK Week Presentation

Lunch for Thought: A Journey into Inclusivity, Equity, and Respect

The UConn Health Office for Diversity and Inclusion is excited to launch a series of quarterly conversations titled “Lunch for Thought: A Journey into Inclusivity, Equity, and Respect.” This series is open to all members of the UConn Health community. We invite you to join us. The series will use short readings, podcasts, essays, brief documentaries, and other media sources to address topics like diversity, inclusion, health equity, belonging, hate, and respect. These media sources will be used to drive virtual facilitated conversations hosted by subject matter experts from UConn Health. The topics and media sources will be announced, posted, and followed by the virtual facilitated conversation one week later. Learn more >

Time: 12-1 PM
Location: Join the Event >


The Power of Restorative Justice

JAN 18: "The Power of Restorative Justice" with keynote speaker Dr. Fania E. Davis

Please join us at 2024 MLK Living Legacy Convocation with Dr. Fania E. Davis, a trailblazing figure in restorative justice. With a background as a Civil Rights trial attorney and a profound understanding of Indigenous Knowledge, she brings unparalleled insights into healing, racial justice, and transformative truth processes. Dr. Davis is a renowned writer, educator, and international speaker on restorative justice, offering invaluable perspectives that challenge and reshape our understanding of justice and equity.

All are encouraged to attend.

Please register here >

Time: 6 PM
Location: Student Union Theatre; Live streaming available