Continuing the Dream: Inaugural MLK, Jr. Week of Welcome Celebration

Mission

As an University serving students and alumni from 44 states and 117 countries, with 28.9 percent of its enrollment students of color and 15.9 percent international students, Binghamton University is committed to creating a campus community free from violence, hate and bias. Continuing the Dream: Inaugural MLK, Jr. Week of Welcome Celebration (MLK Week) is a week-long experience designed to foster inclusive community building and transformative learning opportunities that enhance Binghamton’s social and cultural impact. MLK Week aims to help Bearcats become more “world-wise” through engagement in and exploration of human and civil rights, forging connections with written and living history, and developing skills to become innovative change makers.

Sponsors

MLK Week was founded by the Multicultural Resource Center and is sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee; Student Association Vice President of Multicultural Affairs; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Division of Student Affairs. The Intercultural Welcome Committee is made up of student and staff members from New Student Programs, the Center for Civic Engagement, Residential Life, Dining Services, TRIO Student Support Services, LGBTQ Center, UDiversity Educational Institute, Late Night, Black Student Union, Latin American Student Union, Asian Student Union, Rainbow Pride Union, Women's Student Union, SHADES, Latino Greek Council, Multicultural Greek and Fraternal Council and the Multicultural Resource Center culture squad.

 

Schedule of Events

Jan. 14 | Jan. 15 | Jan. 16 | Jan. 17 | Jan.18 | Jan. 19 | Jan. 20 | Jan. 21 | Jan. 22

*signature MLK week event

 

Events for Saturday, Jan. 14

Saturday, Jan. 14 • 10 a.m. • AMC Loews Theater, Vestal Town Square
DST Red Carpet Event: Private Screening of Hidden Figures* Red Carpet Event: Hidden Figures promotional image
Join the Multicultural Resource Center for a private screening of the new film Hidden Figures, the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson — brilliant African-American women working at NASA — who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world. Tickets are $12 (includes admission and small popcorn). Purchase tickets at http://dsthiddenfigures.brownpapertickets.com.

Special note: 10 new students and 5 returning students will receive a free ticket sponsored by MRC. New freshmen, international or transfers, and returning students must follow @MRCBinghamton on Instagram and email mrc@binghamton.edu with "Hidden Figures ticket, full name and Instagram handle" by Thursday, Jan. 12, to be eligible for a ticket.

Transportation to theater is not provided. Find transportation information at:

Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

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Events for Sunday, Jan. 15

Sunday, Jan. 15 • 5-6:30 p.m. • Q Center (LS-G549)
Q Center New Student Welcome Reception
An opportunity to get connected to the LGBTQIAP+ community on campus! Learn more about the Q Center and hear about amazing events coming up this semester and how you can get involved. How to find us: We are located on West Drive, directly across the street from Mountainview. Make your way to the crosswalk at the Visitors Paid Parking Lot on West Drive. Cross the street and go down the hill that leads to the building – that’s the Library. Use the second entrance to the building. The Q Center is down the hall to the left.
Point of contact: Kelly Clark, Q Center director  •  clarkk@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6054

Sunday, Jan. 15 • 7:00 p.m. • UU-Undergrounds
MLK 101 Trivia Night*
An opportunity for students, faculty and staff to compete in trivia and learn about Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights era. Refreshments, prizes and giveaways will be provided. Event is free and open to the entire campus community! Event is co-sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee, Multicultural Resource Center, Late Night, TRIO Student Support Services and New Student Programs.
Point of contact: Jose Maldonado, DEI diversity fellow  •  jmaldona@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4781

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Events for Monday, Jan. 16

MLK Jr Day of Service Banner Image

Monday, Jan. 16 • 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. • Various locations
MLK Jr. Day of Service 2017*
"Make it a day on" by signing up to participate in the 2017 MLK Day of Service and make an impact in the local community. Service projects are available and open to current students, faculty, staff and administrators on a first-come, first-served basis. Transportation from campus will be provided.

  • 11 a.m.-2 p.m. - Service Project 1: The Discovery Center (up to 12 volunteers) - Volunteers will help supervise crafts, games and activities for children. The events will center around the theme of peace, including a Peace Parade. Volunteers should dress casually, in clothing they wouldn’t mind getting dirty, and bring bottled water. This service project will occur between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The Discovery Center is located at 60 Morgan Rd., Binghamton. Sign up closed Friday, Jan. 6 at noon.
  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. - Service Project 2: Center for Technology & Innovation (up to 18 volunteers) - Volunteers can expect to help with various projects such as cleaning and hanging a large vintage wooden railroad sign, unfolding and filing a set of fragile folded drawings of the Apollo Simulator, dusting artifacts and shelves, and indexing and filing piano rolls. Volunteers should dress casually, in clothing they wouldn’t mind getting dirty, and bring bottled water and work gloves if they have them. This service project will occur between 1 and 4 p.m. The Center for Technology & Innovation is located at 321 Water St., Binghamton. Sign up closed Friday, Jan. 6 at noon.
  • 12:30-4:30 p.m. - Hinman College's Public Service Learning Community will leave campus to do service projects throughout the greater Binghamton community. Contact Al Vos, collegiate professor of Hinman College, for questions or details.

Event is co-sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee, Multicultural Resource Center, Center for Civic Engagement, Hinman College and United Way of Broome County.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

Monday, Jan. 16 • 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. • SUNY Broome Ice Center
Ice skating with the ISSS
Want to take advantage of the cold and do something fun before classes start? Want to make friends from all of the world? Join ISSS for an afternoon of ice skating! All students and all skate levels are welcome to participate. ISSS will provide students with transportation to and from the SUNY Broome Ice Center. All students should meet at the University Union Bus Stop by 11:30 a.m. The bus will depart promptly at 11:35 a.m. Participants must bring their student ID card and $12 (admission + skate rental). Note that the return bus will promptly depart the SUNY Broome Ice Center at 2:05 p.m. Event is sponsored by International Student and Scholar Services.

Space is limited. To attend, register on B-Engaged. (Click on the blue button, on the right side of the B-Engaged event webpage, that says: RSVP to event). Access the B-Engaged event page online.
Point of contact: Linda Torricelli, ISSS programming coordinator  •  ltorrice@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-2510

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Events for Tuesday, Jan. 17

Tuesday, Jan. 17 •  Noon-7 p.m. • UU-Tillman Lobby and all Residential Dining Halls
Building the Binghamton Dream*
Help create our Binghamton Dream. Mirroring the post-it walls in New York City, sample image of post-it wall in NYCstudents, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to release dreams, inspirational words, motivations or favorites moments to inspire a connected and inclusive campus community on post-it walls between noon and 7 p.m. in each of the residential dining halls and between noon and 4 p.m. in the UU-Tillman Lobby. Stop by and take part in this collaborative and inspiring project.

Event is sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee, Multicultural Resource Center, Residential Life and Binghamton University Dining Services.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

Tuesday, Jan. 17 • 7-9:30 p.m. • UU-120
Paths to the Dream: a Selma Movie Screening*

Come watch Selma, a motion picture, directed by Ava DuVernay. Selma chronicles the tumultuous three-month period in 1965, when Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a dangerous campaign to secure equal voting rights in the face of violent opposition. The epic march from Selma to Montgomery culminated in President Johnson signing the Voting Rights Act of 1965, one of the most significant victories for the civil rights movement. This film tells the real story of how the movement prompted change that forever altered history. Event is free and refreshments will be provided.  Event is sponsored by the Multicultural Resource Center.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

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Events for Wednesday, Jan. 18

Wednesday, Jan. 18 • 12:30-1:30 p.m. • UU-Atrium (near Fleishman)
Through the Words of MLK*
Brief spoken performances of speeches and letters from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that display his philosophy and motivation during the fight for Civil Rights. Event is sponsored by the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and TRIO Student Support Services (SSS).
Point of contact: Katelyn Newsham, STEM academic counselor  •  knewsham@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-2076

Wednesday, Jan. 18 • 7-9:30 p.m. • UU-120
Man Behind the Dream: a Brother Outsider Screening and Discussion*
Come watch and discuss the documentary about Civil Rights activist Bayard Rustin. During his 60-year career as an activist, Rustin formulated many of the strategies that propelled the movement, but his open sexuality forced him to remain in the background. How do different levels of "isms" help or hinder our common progress? Event is free and open to all. Screening is co-sponsored by the LGBTQ Center, Rainbow Pride Union and SHADES.
Point of contact: Kelly Clark, Q Center director  •  clarkk@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6054

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Events for Thursday, Jan. 19

Thursday, Jan. 19 • Noon-1 p.m. • University Union bus stop
Reliving the Past: a Selma Reenactment March*
Join the Black Student Union, Intercultural Welcome Committee and cultural community as we reenact the Selma March right here at Binghamton University. The march will begin at noon at the University Union bus stop. Come take part in living history. Event is open to all, signs are welcome!
Point of contact: Kayla Anderson, BSU president  •  theunionpres@gmail.com

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Events for Friday, Jan. 20

Friday, Jan. 20 • 2-4 p.m. • UU-Old Union Hall
Passion to Action: Continuing the Dream Beyond Inauguration 2017*
Passion to Action: Continuing the Dream Beyond Inauguration 2017 will be held in Passion to action flyer conjunction with a showing of “Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin” and aims to focus on how we can create empowerment through alliances, especially following the presidential inauguration.

From this event, attendees will:

  • Gain and share knowledge of cultural intersectional theory and its impact on campus, and understand the value and importance of collaboration
  • Explore examples of how students on campuses and individuals in communities have created institutional change through alliance building
  • Walk away with tangible next steps for initiating coalition-building in their lives and have the opportunity to network directly with fellow attendees and continue building our community

Following the panel, there will be a round-table discussion and networking session with light refreshments.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, January 18.    Event is sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee, Center for Civic Engagement, Udiversity Educational Institute, Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and Division of Student Affairs.
Point of contact: Indy Li, CCE community engagement coordinator  •  ili@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-2880

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Events for Saturday, Jan. 21

Bearcats March to DC banner

Saturday, Jan. 21 • 3 a.m.-11:59 p.m. • Binghamton University to Washington, D.C.
Bearcats March to DC: a Million Women's March
Join Bearcats as we March to DC to attend and participate in the historical Women's March on Washington. Trip will take place Saturday to Sunday, Jan. 21-Jan. 22, and includes a trip to the new National Museum of African American History and Culture. Cost is $75/person. Details and sign up online (must log-in with Binghamton credentials) by Friday, Jan. 13.

Event is sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee; Women's Student Union; Multicultural Resource Center; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Student Association Vice President of Multicultural Affairs.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

Saturday, Jan. 21 • Noon-3 p.m. • Hinman College Success Center
Poverty Simulation
Hinman College will stage a Poverty Simulation in the Hinman Success Center. The simulation will be led by staff from the United Way of Broome County. Hinman students will be joined by AmeriCorps members from the Rural Health Network of South Central New York.
Point of contact: Al Vos, collegiate professor of Hinman College  •  avos@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6965

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Events for Sunday, Jan. 22

Sunday, Jan. 22 • 12:30 p.m. • Events Center Bearcat Den (behind the basketball court)
New Student Welcome Brunch with President Stenger!
Don’t miss this opportunity for free food and giveaways. You’ll also get to meet the BU Zoo and Binghamton University President Harvey Stenger — and receive your "Class of” T-shirt, sponsored by the Alumni Association! This is a great chance to meet other new students and get a taste of Binghamton University spirit. Then cheer on the men's basketball team in its first game of the spring semester as we take on Stony Brook University at 2 p.m.!

Event is sponsored by the New Student Programs; Athletics; and Student Association.
Point of contact: Pete Nardone, New Student Programs associate director  •  pnardone@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-6608

Sunday, Jan. 22 • 1:45-5 p.m. • National Museum of African American History and Culture
Living Civil Rights History: a Trip to National Museum of African American History and Culture
Experience the newest addition to the Smithsonian Museums and witness "a people's journey" while learning a "nation's story" at the new National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC), which opened in September 2016. Ticket is included if you are registered for the Bearcats March to DC. Additional tickets are available, on a first-come basis, for current Binghamton University students, faculty, staff, administrators and alumni who will be in the Washington, D.C. area Sunday, Jan.22. 

The museum visit will take place from 2-5 p.m. You must arrive by 1:45 p.m. to obtain your pass and entrance. NMAAHC is located at 1400 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC. Additional details and sign-up online (must log-in with Binghamton credentials) by Friday, Jan. 13.

Event is sponsored by the Intercultural Welcome Committee; Women's Student Union; Multicultural Resource Center; Division of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and Student Association Vice President of Multicultural Affairs.
Point of contact: Tanyah Barnes, MRC assistant director  •  tbarnes@binghamton.edu  •  607-777-4472

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Last Updated: 1/10/17