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Digital Inclusion and Broadband Equity

JANUARY 20, 2021 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (CST)

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Presenter: David Northern, Sr., CEO of the Housing Authority of Champaign County

Sponsors: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and University of Illinois Extension

Join host Illinois Extension as presenter David Northern, Sr. discusses his organizing efforts towards HACC technology goals and measures current levels of broadband access, adoption, and use in Champaign County. This session includes discussion of equity, individual and community strategies for success, and showcases his community’s broadband vision and plan for progress toward improved broadband access for underserved residents within his jurisdiction of Champaign County. The session concludes with a Q&A, and participants are encouraged to come with questions on equity work, digital inclusion, community broadband development, public service, career success, community organizing, and much more.

For additional information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Nancy Ouedraogoesarey@illinois.edu, Illinois Extension community and economic development specialist serving as one of ten members on the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Commemorative Planning Committee.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Series

Join important conversations to honor the legacy and celebrate the vision of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in an annual, commemorative series sponsored in part by University of Illinois' Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

REGISTER FOR MULTIPLE SESSIONS

JANUARY 17, 2021 | 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. (CST)
Rising Together: Facing the Challenges of Tomorrow Today
A Celebration of the Community’s Commitment to the Dream of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Keynote Speaker: Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II
Sponsors: MLK Advocacy for Justice Committee, Inc. in partnership with the MLK Countywide Committee.

Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II, is the President & Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach, Co-Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call For Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; Visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; Pastor of Greenleaf Christian Church, Disciples of Christ in Goldsboro, North Carolina, and the author of four books: We Are Called To Be A Movement; Revive Us Again: Vision and Action in Moral Organizing; The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and The Rise of a New Justice Movement; and Forward Together: A Moral Message For The Nation.

The program includes the presentation of awards for the James R. Burgess, Jr. Award, Susan Freiburg Humanitarian Award, the Doris Hoskins Prestigious Community Service Award, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Outstanding Achievement Award and recognition of the Advocacy for Social Justice MLK Jr. Scholarship recipients from Champaign and Urbana school districts. This year’s celebration is a joint collaboration with the MLK Countywide Committee.

For questions or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at diversity@illinois.edu.

JANUARY 19, 2021 | 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Black Student Activism: What We Can Learn from Earlier Activism at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Presenter: Joy Ann Williamson-Lott, Dean at University of Washington Graduate School
Sponsors: Office of Student Engagement and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Black Power on Campus is an informative piece that captures the intentional activism of Black students at the University of Illinois following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Attendees will relive those students’ hopes and dreams for a university that honors the Black student experience, diversity in education, and equal opportunities for all students. Dr. Williamson-Lott presents her text from the standpoint of a historian and author who explores social movements in higher education, but engages in Q&A as a proud alumna who greatly benefited from student activism of yesteryear. This event is open to university students, faculty, and staff who share a passion for supporting young activists.

For additional information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact ovp@illinois.edu.

JANUARY 20, 2021 | 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. (CST)
Digital Inclusion and Community Broadband Equity

Presenter: David Northern, Sr., CEO of the Housing Authority of Champaign County
Sponsors: Krannert Center for the Performing Arts and University of Illinois Extension

Join host Illinois Extension as presenter David Northern, Sr. discusses his organizing efforts towards HACC technology goals and measures current levels of broadband access, adoption, and use in Champaign County. This session includes discussion of equity, individual and community strategies for success, and showcases his community’s broadband vision and plan for progress toward improved broadband access for underserved residents within his jurisdiction of Champaign County. The session concludes with a Q&A, and participants are encouraged to come with questions on equity work, digital inclusion, community broadband development, public service, career success, community organizing, and much more.

For additional information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Nancy Ouedraogoesarey@illinois.edu, Illinois Extension community and economic development specialist serving as one of ten members on the 2021 Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Commemorative Planning Committee.

JANUARY 26, 2021 | 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. (CST)
Inclusion Workshop

SponsorsUniversity Housing, Office of Inclusion & Intercultural RelationsDepartment of African American Studies, and Krannert Center for the Performing Arts

The student-focused inclusion workshop will focus on concepts such as diversity, inclusion, and privilege. Students who participate will recognize the values of others and identify differing social identities in relation to leadership. Students will also understand the importance of inter/intragroup community through a diversity of identities.

For additional information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Cristian Biviano, cbivia3@illinois.edu.

JANUARY 29, 2021 | 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
Virtual Poverty Simulation

Sponsors: School of Social Work and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Poverty is a reality for many individuals and families; unless you have experienced poverty, it’s difficult to truly understand. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King’s advocacy work around poverty issues, students, faculty, staff, and community members are invited to engage in a poverty simulation that bridges the gap from misconception to understanding in an interactive immersion experience. The goal of the simulation is to promote poverty awareness, increase understanding, and inspire local change by sensitizing participants to the realities of poverty.

For additional information or to request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Sharva Campbell-Hampton, shamcamp@illinois.edu.

FEBRUARY 5, 2021 | 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (CST)
MLK Creative Writing Contest: Award Announcement

The College of Education will award winners and honorable mention recipients of the K-12 MLK Creative Expressions Contest. This virtual event will highlight the talents of our local students through essay, poems, and art.

Sponsors: College of Education in partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Staff Human Resource and the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion.

For additional information, please contact: Victor H. Perez, vhperez@illinois.edu