Erin Blasko | January 23, 2019
Walk the Walk Week at the University of Notre Dame continued Monday (Jan. 21), Martin Luther King Jr. Day, with an MLK Celebration Luncheon at the Joyce Center.
Sponsored by the Office of the President and the Oversight Committee on Diversity and Inclusion, the luncheon included remarks from Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., as well as a panel discussion on race: “A Call to Love: Bridging the Racial Divide.”
Classes were canceled midday Monday so that students, faculty and staff could attend the luncheon. Those who could not attend were invited to gather in the dining halls for community building.
Now in its fourth year, Walk the Walk Week offers students, faculty and staff, as well as the community at large, the opportunity to celebrate the diversity that exists on campus and to reflect on ways to make Notre Dame even more welcoming and inclusive.
Laura Carlson, vice president, associate provost and dean of the Graduate School, emceed the event and offered welcoming remarks, calling on students, faculty and staff to “send up a collective voice of defiance against any and all forms of discrimination.”
Muhammad Abubakar Mian, president of the Muslim Student Association at Notre Dame, delivered the invocation. Karla Gonzalez Serrano, doctoral candidate in the Department of Electrical Engineering, delivered the benediction.
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