January 25, 2017

NEW KENSINGTON, Pa. — Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream of equality among races moves closer to reality during Unity Week, Monday to Friday, Jan. 23 to 27, at Penn State New Kensington. The campus joins hands with the community in celebrating the life and works of the slain civil rights leader through various events that promote inclusion.

Students, faculty and staff will come together with Hightower Scholars Inc., area communities, local businesses and neighborhood churches to memorialize King. The observance is a blend of advocacy, diversity and festivity, fused with cultural entertainment and education.

A continuation of New Kensington Chancellor Kevin Snider’s strategic plan to bring the campus community to the Alle-Kiski Valley community, the weeklong commemoration features a community lunch and dinner, the annual advocacy fair, a performing artist and a movie. Events are free for students. The artist and advocacy fair are free to the public.

“The weeklong series gives students the opportunity to develop their intercultural communications skills, learn more about community engagement, social justice and advocacy, and celebrate the diversity of our community,” said John Spiglemyer, graduate assistant in the Student Affairs office.


The MLK festivities culminate on Friday, Jan. 27, with “All Campus Diversity Alliance Celebration,” from noon to 1:10 p.m. in Café 780. The campus community is encouraged to wear their “All In” t-shirts and partake in a smorgasbord of international cuisine.

Diane Hightower, executive director of Hightower Scholars, and Bonk developed the multimedia program for the 88th anniversary of King's birth. Hightower Scholars is a nonprofit organization that assists students with their preparation for a postsecondary education at a four-year college or university. The campus’ Student Affairs office provides support services to students from underrepresented populations, as well as international students.

Diversity events at the New Kensington campus will continue throughout the semester, including Black History Month in February and "Dinner and Dialogue: Brazilian Round-Up" in April. Brazil is this year’s Country of Focus.

For more information, call 724-334-6062.

Upcoming “All In” Events

— Soul Food Festival, Feb. 1

— Dinner and Dialogue: Black History, Feb. 8

— Soul Steps dance performance, Feb. 22

— Fat Tuesday celebration, Feb. 28

— Lady Cares, spoken-word artist, March 22

— Lunch and Learn: Women’s History and Women Today, March 27

— World Health Day, April 7

— Musician Jared Mahone, April 1

— Dinner and Dialogue: Brazilian Round-Up, April 10

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Last Updated January 27, 2017