MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OBSERVANCE
(Policy adopted by the faculty, April, 1997)
OBJECTIVE: To extend the celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy into the classrooms by facilitating dialogue between the instructors and students on a personal level and to promote the commitment to diversity as an educational goal.
STRUCTURE: On the nationally recognized Martin Luther King Day holiday, there will be a convocation in honor of Dr. King for the students, faculty, staff, and administration. The University will remain in session. Because this day has been designated a day of celebration, we would ask that faculty members and students hold, sponsor, and/or support activities and discussion of Dr. King’s legacy, issues of diversity related to Wittenberg, or topics illuminating diversity within the class discipline. Class sessions may be canceled at the discretion of a instructor, thus permitting students to attend other commemorative activities.
COMMITTEE: The Committee on Programming will be involved in the selection of a convocation speaker as well as luncheon and open forum arrangements involving the speaker. The Diversity Advisory Committee will be a clearinghouse for information and creative suggestions for both class and non-class activities. The committee will compile a list of movies and student presenters, and assist in the combining of classes. The committee will also be responsible for evaluating the day’s activities each year and proposing any changes they deem necessary to the Faculty Executive Board.