Western Michigan University students will have plenty of opportunities for learning next week, despite classes being out of session on Monday.
WMU's Office of Diversity and Inclusion will host a 'Teach-in': a series of speaking engagements on the second floor of WMU's Bernhard Center as part of its Martin Luther King, Jr. Day celebration Monday, Jan. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Faculty, students and community leaders will "raise urgent issues and questions, inspire critical thinking and connect attendees to action opportunities," according to a press release.
35 local organizations will staff information tables at the Bernhard Center on Monday to direct attendees to involvement opportunities.
The schedule of events is as followed:
11 a.m.: How misinformation is harming democracy — Dr. Sue Ellen Christian (Communications)
11:30 a.m.: Climate justics and climate denial — Dr. Dave Karowe (Biology) & Rei Gordon (Political Science)
12:00 p.m.: Organizers and workers addressing poverty — Rev. Nathan Dannison (First Congregational Church)
12:30 p.m.: Reversing runaway inequality — Bill Farmer (SW MI DSA, Labor for Bernie)
1:00 p.m.: Exploring coalition building within the LGBT and African American community — Marshall Kilgore (Community Advocate)
1:30 p.m.: Inequality and women of color in Kalamazoo — Grace Lubwama (YWCA)
2:00 p.m.: Current threats to immigrant families — Dr. Tim Ready (Sociology), Mark Delorey (Foundation Scholars) & WMU Students
2:30 p.m. MLK in 2020: Legacy & Vision — Dr. Don Cooney (Social Work)
WMU is offering free parking in its parking structure nearest Ellsworth Hall. All events are free to the public.