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2013 MLK Celebration

2013 MLK Celebration

I recently had a chance to review some of my older, archived papers and found that I had kept a copy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s works entitled “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”.

I decided to reread the letter and was reminded that he often struggled openly with the lack of actions taken around him.  He called for others to listen to the call to help each other,  to rise up against injustice, and to make a difference no matter the size.  Sacrifices were to be made but that we were always stronger together than separate.

As we join close to 2,000 people this Monday at 9 am in Savage Arena for our 13th MLK Unity Day event, we will once again come together and remember the dream he spoke about in his famous speech 50 years ago.  I encourage everyone to enjoy the music, speakers, and lunch after the event but we also hope you will remember the letter and help give back by bringing a non perishable food item.  You can and do make a difference.

See you Monday and Gooooo Rockets!


Shanda Gore, Ed.D.

is the Associate Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement at The University of Toledo. She is the Chair of the UT President’s Council on Diversity and works with leadership across campuses to assist in the development and implementation of strategic plans, policies, proposals, programs and operating procedures to support UT diversity initiatives. She is responsible for leading the Catharine S. Eberly Center for Women focused on the issues and empowerment of women and creating and directing the Minority Business Development Center that nurtures entrepreneurial and economic development in the Toledo community by providing office space and services, training and mentoring and a network of professional advisers. Her expertise is in the area of diversity, equity and awareness program implementations.
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The Office of Equity, Diversity and Community Engagement strives to create an organizational culture that is welcoming to all individuals regardless of their age, color, ethnicity, gender, religion, disabilities, socio-economic status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and national origin. This culture will result in an environment that allows individuals to have the opportunity to excel in all aspects of their academic and professional endeavors.

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