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About MLK DOD

Brief History of Martin Luther King, Jr. Days of Dialogue (MLK DOD)

The roots of MLK DOD can be traced to “The ‘Days of Dialogue’ Town Hall Meetings: Bolder Actions”, published in 2002 by the University of Wyoming Division of Student Affairs:

"The United Nations declared 2001 ‘The Year of Dialogue Among Civilizations’ to encourage shared values of freedom, tolerance, and nonviolence among the world’s peoples. In January 2002, the UW Division of Student Affairs introduced ‘Days of Dialogue’, a weeklong, campus-wide celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s ideals and values. Events of the week included the largest Wyoming candlelight march, a community dinner with guest speakers addressing the importance of Dr. King’s message to Wyoming, a brown bag lunch series on issues of diversity, an armband campaign to recognize the need for faculty diversity, an essay campaign with Albany County schools and a multicultural dance."

"In conjunction with this celebration, Student Affairs also hosted a series of town meetings, providing four ethnic populations an opportunity to discuss what it means to be a minority at UW, in Laramie and in Wyoming. The hope for these ‘Building the Dream Dialogues’ was that the information gathered would help university community members better address minority issues and concerns."


Annual Mission

We seek to engage students, staff, faculty, and community members through dynamic programming and dialogue. The core goals of MLK DOD are:

  • Provide a positive environment for Black identified students to celebrate their culture and collective history in community.

  • Facilitate community-based, culturally responsive, and trauma-informed learning experiences focused on racial justice and improving campus climate.

  • Empower and encourage individuals to engage with racial justice issues in their communities.

2020 Theme: Afrofuturism in a Rural Context 

What could it mean to imagine rural space with Black individuals at the center instead of at the margins? A refuge from and response to the challenges of our current political moment, Afrofuturist thought is experiencing a renaissance in popular media and Black community spaces around the world.

This Black History Month we will integrate the power of art, science, and radical self-love to create inclusive opportunities for community-care, celebration, and growth on our campus and in the Laramie community.

Contact Us

Division of Student Affairs

Suite 408 | Old Main

Dept. 3066

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5123

Email: studentaffairs@uwyo.edu

1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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