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MLK 2014 Academic Programs, Monday January 20

The Psychology of Freedom: Applying Kingian Methods Today

Presenter: Ural H. Hill, Ph.D. (Hill & Associates, LLC)

2:00pm – 2:50pm Room: SC330

The next generation of leaders to graduate from college campuses will need tools of social change that empower them in unison with their cohort, based in universal principles of unity and forgiveness. Participants will learn new information about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s timeless Six Steps to Non-violent Conflict Reconciliation and how to apply them to current day issues. Colleges and universities have committed significant resources to enhance workforce diversity over the past 50 years. Unfortunately, individuals and organizations still struggle when facing workplace discrimination challenges in higher education. This presentation is designed to enhance our understanding of the "glass ceiling," a specific type of discrimination that affects women and people of color.

CrossTown Theatre Troupe (CTT) Interactive Theatre Experience: A Dream Realized

Participants: Jessica 'Decky' Alexander (Director, Academic Service-Learning), Shavonne T. Coleman, Ariel Jones , Nicholas Brown, Payton Steele , Xavier Kimborgh, Katie'B Jarvis, Markham Isler

2:00pm-2:50pm & 3:00pm-3:50pm Room: SC 310 A&B

CTT is an after-school theatre club through 21st Century Bright Futures. CTT is where young people cultivate performances based on social justice issues, personal narrative, and youth voice. In this session, students from four different communities collaborate to share pieces they've created. Also, everyone will be invited to partake in the interactive theatre techniques used in classes to create purposeful performance pieces.

Identifying Challenges, Suggesting Solutions: New Research by McNair Scholars

Presenters: Jazmin Rodgers, Troy Deskins, Marcia Mollet

2:00pm-2:50pm Room: SC 320

EMU McNair Scholars will present research on topics of importance to underrepresented communities: (1) "The Influence of Early Life Experiences on the Perceptions of Women in Managerial Positions"; (2) "Stereotypes in Video Games and How They Perpetuate Prejudice," and (3) "A Qualitative Examination of the Overrepresentation of African-American Students in Special Education."

Survivor to Provider

Presenter: Emmet E. Mitchell (Executive Chair, The Milestones Agency)

2:00 pm-2:50 pm SC 320 2:00pm-2:50pm (Part I) 3:00pm-3:50pm (Part II) Room: SC 350

This session focuses on cultural competency. It examines the history of the African American family in America and highlights the impact of institutional racism. It explores a timeline of events and highlights how those events parallel the systemic destruction of the modern black family. As we explore these historical events, we discuss the solutions to reverse their impact. Note: session spans both time slots.

Breaking the Cycle of the School-To-Prison Pipeline

Presenters:Rod Casey (Chair, Public Action Committee for Justice), Claudia Young (PACJ), Dr. Thornton Perkins (Washtenaw Community College), Jerry Clayton (Washtenaw County Sherriff), Belinda Dulin (Director, Dispute Resolution Center), Judge Tim Connors (State Trial Court), Scott Manzel (Washtenaw Intermediate School District)

3:00pm-3:50pm Room: SC 352

Representatives from the Ypsilanti Community School District, Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department, Washtenaw Community College, and The Dispute Resolution Center will explore some of the issues, challenges and successes involved in breaking the cycle of the school-to-prison pipeline.


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