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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:
  • Raise awareness of diversity and social justice issues
  • Foster an inclusive community
  • Empower individuals to act in solidarity with marginalized communities

Emphasis for 2019

The MLK DOD Steering Committee identified the following additional focus areas for MLK DOD 2019:
  • Develop and implement new program mission
  • Enhance partnerships across campus and the community and bridge existing gaps to incorporate new people and entities
  • Highlight and continue to involve students in planning and participation
Contact Us

Division of Student Affairs

Suite 408 | Old Main

Dept. 3066

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-5123


1000 E. University Ave. Laramie, WY 82071
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