MLK Day Workshops
  • Capital University MLK Day of Learning 2015 Workshop Descriptions

    Immediately following the convocation, we welcome your participation in a number of thematic workshops. By design, workshops often deal with issues and concerns that are complex, relevant and important to an array of individuals. Likewise, they can evoke emotion and spirited debate, but they always offer diverse perspectives. While dialogue and interaction are highly encouraged, Capital University's culture and values compel individuals to be peaceful, respectful and constructive. Workshops take place from 10:30 am to noon.

    By commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King through service and learning, our community is strengthened and our respect for human dignity is reinforced. As in past years, normal class meeting times on the Bexley campus will be suspended between 8 am and 4 pm to encourage the entire campus community to participate in the Day of Learning. For our academic community, this is never a day off, but instead a day on. Please consider placing the event on your syllabus as a professional development or co-curricular learning opportunity for students.

    A. Q & A with Cheryl Brown Henderson  

    Following the keynote address by Cheryl Brown Henderson, there will be an opportunity for individuals to continue in dialogue with the speaker. In a more intimate setting, participants can ask questions about the keynote address, her work with the Brown Foundation or the experience of being the daughter of Rev. Oliver L. Brown, who was instrumental in the May 17, 1954 landmark decision, Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas 

    Presenter: Cheryl Brown Henderson
    Location: Huntington Recital Hall/Mees Auditorium 

    B. Digital Citizenship 

    Digital citizenship is a set of rules and behaviors that outline how we should act online, and associated with that, what should be taught to the next generation of online citizens. More specifically, it is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible technology use. There are nine areas that define digital citizenship, focusing on respect, education and protection of yourself and others: access, etiquette, law, commerce, communication, literacy, health & wellness, rights & responsibilities, and security.

    Presenter: James Kerr
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 103) 


    C. Religious Inclusivity 

    Persons of the three Abrahamic faiths, Judaism, Islam, Christianity, will have an open conversation about ways that our faith traditions experience opportunities for inclusion, as well as those areas where we struggle. We will encourage the participation from workshop attendees to create open, honest dialog about our joys and challenges.  

    Panelist: Gary Sandberg, Dean of the Chapel, Capital University, Michael Ungar, Rabbi, Tifereth Israel, Nicol Ghazi, Outreach, Noor Islamic Cultural Center
    Location: Kerns Chapel

    D. Fifty Years and Counting: The Legacy and Future of the 1965 Voting Rights Act in the State of Ohio   

    This panel commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. A panel that includes Ohio Democrat and Republican state leaders as well as scholars will share personal memories and discuss where we have come, where we are and where we are going in the making of an inclusive electorate of active engaged citizens in the State of Ohio.

    Presenters: Suzanne Marilley, et. al.
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 202) 


    E. Beyond the Hashtag: Why #BLACKLIVESMATTER   

    In light of the recent nationwide protests against police brutality and unjust treatment of people of color, it is critical and timely to examine what is happening in our nation. Beyond the social media purpose of the “hashtag,” activists and protestors have used #BLACKLIVESMATTER as a poignant rallying cry. Arguably, #BLACKLIVESMATTER can be viewed as a new civil and human rights movement that has developed out of recent injustices. This workshop examines #BLACKLIVESMATTER from social-historical-cultural perspective, helping participants understand the historical significance of black imagery. Using images seen in American in popular culture since slavery, the facilitator will be discussing their role in negating Black humanity for hundreds of years.
    (Note: there will be images that may be difficult to view for some, participant discretion advised). 

    Presenter: Eva George 
    Location: The Bridge of Learning, Ruff Memorial Learning Center  


    F. Domestic Violence: What You Should Know    

    This workshop includes information and discussion on the dynamics of domestic violence, legal and social definition, and stats on domestic violence. Designed for individuals with little to no education on domestic violence, this training provides an overview of the dynamics of domestic violence and how domestic violence impacts people in the community. The facilitator will discuss the common myths associated with domestic violence, different types of abuse, as well as the Power and Control wheel. This workshop will help to answer the question “Why does she stay?” and what you and the community can do to support and empower survivors of domestic violence.

    Presenter: Tonia Moultry 
    Location: Blackmore Library 206


    G. The Beloved Community: Explore. Envision. CREATE     

    The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s conceptualization of The Beloved Community is often used by scholars and organizers to help communities move civil and human rights forward. Steering clear of painting The Beloved Community as a Utopian society, Dr. King considered real-life issues and problems that come with living in a deeply divided society. In this workshop, participants will learn about the concept/philosophy of The Beloved Community and in turn, explore what that community looks like to them. Using arts supplies, each participant will create a quilt square that depicts their personal vision of The Beloved Community. The squares will be joined to create a community quilt that will be displayed on campus. (Open to all. Appropriate for school-age youth and families. Youth under ten years of age (10) must be accompanied by an adult.)

    Presenter: Janet D. George
    Location: Blackmore Library 110


    H. It Doesn’t Take Much: Identifying and Understanding the Impact of Microagressions    

    Get ready for some interaction and dialogue! This workshop combines interactive activities, group dialogue, and lecture in order to help you first identify racial microagressions and understand the impact thereof. We will cover microagressions such as: color-blind racism, ethnocentrism, and the “White default”. The goal is that you will be able to learn about and understand microagressions on a personal level, even if you have not experienced them yourself. At the end of this workshop, you will have a deeper understanding of how microagressions are incorporated into everyday conversations and/or actions that may seem benign but are actually hurtful to African-Americans and other minority groups.

    Presenter: Amanda Parsley
    Location: Battelle Hall of Science & Nursing (BHSN 103)


    I. Ignite Your Passion, Shape Your Future     

    E.E. Cummings said, “To be nobody-but-yourself — in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else — means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting.” The Compass Leaders are here to help you fight. Throughout this workshop we will discuss how your identity and the obstacles you face lead to the discovery of your dreams and the embodiment of your fullest potential. By promoting self-awareness and self-discovery, the Compass Leaders will empower participants to begin the conversation about vocation, direction, and purpose in life.

    Presenter: Compass Leaders (Kelsey Jarrett)
    Location: Troutman Hall 114


    J. Pedagogy of the Oppressed: Coalescing Education and Community Organizing as a Means of Empowerment vs. Charity     

    This workshop will challenge participants to re-examine the paradigms of empowerment vs. charity. We will examine principals from the community organization model developed by Paulo Freire and the works of notable social theorist Frantz Fanon as they relate to education being used as a means of sustainable social change and empowerment of marginalized communities.

    Presenter: Lea Dotson
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 07)


    K. Why Black Men Can’t Breathe?: The Persistence of Racial Inequality In The American Justice System    

    The recent killing of unarmed African-American males by police once again has sparked outrage and protest around the country for racial justice. The dream of Martin Luther King that all citizens should be protected by the Constitution is still just an illusion for a large number of African-American males. Indeed, African-American males are disproportionately resented at every aspect of the criminal justice system, from being racially profiled, stopped, arrested, prosecuted, sentenced, and incarcerated, to even being placed on death row. This session will engaged the audience on how to end discriminatory practices in our justice system.

    Presenter: Floyd Weatherspoon
    Location: Blackmore Library 119



    LBREAD-Fighting for Justice in Franklin County    

    BREAD is a local coalition of 50 diverse religious congregations in Franklin County fighting for improvements in education, housing, neighborhood safety, and other community problems since 1996. During the next year Capital University administration, faculty and students will be exploring opportunities for the university to partner with BREAD in the organization’s on-going efforts to be a powerful voice for justice. This session will serve as an introduction to the work of BREAD, past achievements and methodology for building community power.

    Presenter: Rob Sievert-Wagner, BREAD (Building Responsibility Equality And Dignity)
    Location: Troutman Hall 112



    MFight The Power!: An Overview of the Rule Black Music Has Played in the Battle for Social Justice 

    From the field holler to hip-hop African American musicians have created a musical expression known the world over for its passion, power, and soul. These elements, stamped with the DNA of the Black experience, have been combined to create a mélange of styles that have provided the soundtrack for the Africans struggle for freedom in America from the street to the concert hall. With a birdseye view we sample how the musical work of Black Americans in jazz, soul music, hip hop and concert music has told the story of an existence wrought from centuries of sorrow.

    Presenter: Dr. Mark A. Lomax, II
    Location: Ruff Memorial Learning Center (LC 06)


    NAnti-Semitism in the Modern world 

    During this workshop, participants will explore the history of anti-Semitism throughout the ages. They will see how the concept of Jewishness has shaped, and continues to shape western thoughts. This workshop is intended to be very interactive; no background knowledge is required.

    Presenter: Pandit Mami
    Location: Classroom 218, Battelle Hall of Science and Nursing