In Celebration of MLK

MLK Social Justice WeekSocial Justice Week January 19 - 21, 2021

The Division of Student Affairs is proud to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are a variety of ways faculty, staff and students can engage in this celebration.

Monday, January 18

What Just Happened? Race, Justice, and Politics after the Capitol Siege

Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Join the Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and the Center on Race and Social Problems for an MLK day #CRSPCast/This is Not Normal crossover forum titled “What Just Happened? Race, Justice, and Politics after the Capitol Siege.” The focus will be the current state of political affairs and their implications for the future of racial justice in the US. Panelists include experts on race and the law, rural education, legislative politics, and racial justice in university settings.

Register for “What Just Happened?”

Thursday, January 21

Social Justice Symposium: Common Ground for the Common Good: Examining the Past, Healing the Present, Building the Future! 

(staff and faculty only)
9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

This year we not only will feature outstanding breakout sessions to choose from, but we have two keynote speakers who will be joining us to share their stories and expertise.

In the morning, we welcome Dr. Adam Alvarez, an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in the Department of Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education at Rowan University and proud graduate of the University of Pittsburgh. Featured in Theory into Practice, Equity and Excellence in Education, and Teaching Education, his scholarship contributes to a growing body of research, attempting to shift our institutional approaches toward preparing future educators and researchers to recognize and disrupt longstanding school and social inequalities. 

To close the day we will hear from Luis Ortega, a multidisciplinary storyteller, empathy educator, artist, and the founder and director of Storytellers for Change. He is also the producer of the mini-documentaries series “First Gen Students: Change Starts With Your Story,” and his work has been featured at the Harvard DACA Seminar, the Seattle Design Festival, HBO’s “Where Do You Exist?” podcast, and the ArtPlace America National Summit. All of Luis’ work is informed by his personal experience as an immigrant, a commitment to social justice and racial equity, and a belief in the power of radical empathy to build a world of belonging. 

Register for the Social Justice Symposium

Tuesday, January 26

Creating a Just Community Program

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Join us as we recognize the Center for Race and Social Problems and Dr. Yolanda Covington-Ward for their outstanding efforts in creating a more just, equitable, and inclusive Pitt community. This event is open to all and is hosted in conjunction MLK Jr. Social Justice Week.

Register for the Creating a Just Community Program

Anti-Racism and Social Justice at Pitt Libraries

This resource guide has been authored primarily by a group of White librarians and archivists at ULS, with some advisory by Black colleagues. We acknowledge our positions of privilege and the subjectivity inherent in our perspectives. We acknowledge the anti-racist work done by scholars of color at the University of Pittsburgh for years, especially those in Africana Studies, the Center for Teaching and Learning, and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion who have influenced our thinking. We take responsibility for activating our consciousness and leveling-up our own learning as we stand in solidarity with our students, colleagues, and community members of color. Submit requests, comments, or input about the LibGuide.

Social Justice Topics at Pitt: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Resources

View this collection of Pitt-owned and online research resources that explore the life and legacy of the civil rights activist and humanitarian. The information and resources included should be treated as entry points for further documentation and bibliography.