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9th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Diversity Awareness Week
MLK: Economic Justice | January 20-24, 2020

All events are open to the public and co-presented by Purdue Agriculture and Purdue Health & Human Sciences. View and download the overview flyer.

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Purdue University MLK Day of Service

The Purdue community is invited to participate in a day of service on Monday, Jan. 20. Registration is open here for the day of service, coordinated by the Purdue Black Cultural Center and Civic Engagement & Leadership DevelopmentYou can also volunteer to be a site leader when you register. Invite your friends, too! Breakfast, snacks and a T-shirt will be provided.

Are you signing up as a group? Have additional questions? Email

Volunteer sites may include:

Homeless man

Poverty as a Public Health Issue

Understand how poverty drives a domino effect of numerous concerns in the field of public health. Dr. Virginia Caine, director of the Marion County Public Health Department, will discuss this topic. Attendees can also review resources from organizations that assist those experiencing poverty at Purdue University.

 Tuesday, Jan. 21, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
 PFEN 241
 Bring your own lunch. Snacks and water provided.

View MLK Overview Flyer

Box of food

Lunch and Learn: Community Hunger & Food Security

Come hungry, as lunch will be provided for this enlightening experience that will address issues of commuinty hunger and food inaccessibility.

Vanessa Pacheco, coordinator for civic engagement at Purdue University, will be the keynote speaker for this event. Eager to build connections that will ultimately free us all, Pacheco supports student leaders in work that addresses the root causes of issues that affect the Greater Lafayette community. As part of this work, Pacheco is proud to support the operation of the ACE Campus Food Pantry for students, faculty and staff. As food insecurity in college communities continues to gain national attention, she believes it is more important than ever to trust young people struggling to attain their basic needs. Follow her on Twitter at @pachecosays to learn more about the ways in which she builds community and her belief in the cultural significance of (all) pizza.

Vanessa Pacheco

 Wednesday, Jan. 22, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
 STEW 310
 Lunch provided.

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Pursuing Economic & Social Justice Here at Home: A Panel Discussion

Learn how local organizations pool their time and talent to help our communities address challenges of poverty, homelessness, food security, social justice and more. The discussion will also incorporate ways that community members can do their part to assist.

 Thursday, Jan. 23, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
 PFEN 241
 Bring your own lunch. Snacks and water provided.

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Last Boiler Standing

Watch and compete in a live game show! Pairs of students, faculty and staff will answer questions about poverty, economic justice and the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. — with the last team standing competing against those representing leadership in Purdue Agriculture and Purdue Health & Human Sciences. Audience participation prizes available.

 Friday, Jan. 24, Noon to 1:30 p.m.
 PFEN 241
 Bring your own lunch. Snacks and water provided.

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