In honor of one of America's most revered advocates for social change, the College of Arts and Sciences will offer a special one-credit symposium to be held on Dr. Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 21. The day-long event will take place in Bethany Hall and is open to all Seton Hall undergraduates and alumni. Pre-registration is required to attend.
The program will start at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4 p.m. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The symposium will include sessions on "The Roots of Oppression," "Neo Racism in the 21stCentury," "Civic Engagement," "Confrontation and Resolution" and "Workplace Considerations."
For current undergraduates, the symposium falls under flat tuition and is no additional cost. Any undergraduates who already at the maximum number of credits and are interested in participating should contact their respective dean's office.
For Seton Hall alumni, there is no fee to participate.
Taught by Reverend Forrest Pritchett, Ph.D., director of Seton Hall's Martin Luther King Leadership Program, the course is described as follows:
Using the paradigms and wisdom of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, participants will learn the history of racism, sexism, classism, etc. and their impact on our institutions, socio-cultural processes and the behavior of individuals and social groups. We look at the civil rights movement in terms of its impact, organizations and its rhetoric. We will examine the role of privilege, macroaggressions, microaggressions, the humanities and laws in shaping our policies, perceptions and interactions with and toward others. What are the requirements of the workplace for cultural competencies today? An outcome of this course will be that participants will be better equipped to be functional and accountable in their professional and personal relationships. An interdisciplinary group of faculty and business leaders, including Reverend Pritchett, will facilitate the learning modules.
"This effort is dedicated to the legacy of the 20th century prophet Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, who led a people, like Moses before him, out of the legal bondage of 'separate but equal,' no guaranteed voting rights and immense racial hatred to the proverbial 'mountain top' passage to the promised land," says Reverend Pritchett. "If the question were asked, "What would Martin Luther King do in a 21st century America of 'walls,' the 'fear of strangers' and workplace inequalities, he would probably say, 'Learn baby, learn. Let no man pull you so low as to hate him. Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education.' I am pleased that Seton Hall University is keeping his dream alive today. He would applaud Seton Hall for giving life and breath to the next generation of leaders for America."
At the end of the day’s workshops, participants are invited to take part in the luminary celebration sponsored by the Community Coalition on Race in South Orange and Maplewood – lighting the way on campus with Dr. King’s message of peace and hope.
Interim President Mary J. Meehan, Rev. Dr. Forrest Pritchett and three students reflect on diversity, inclusion and the Martin Luther King Day symposium. Read more »
About the MLK Leadership Program
Originally established as a University scholarship, the program broadened its vision to meet the challenges of the 21st century. Today, the MLK Leadership Program provides partial tuition scholarships to exceptional students. The program also provides these students invaluable management and leadership development opportunities. MLK Scholars learn how to oversee programs and events from design to implementation. They are also required to conduct research on issues regarding values, equality of access and social justice.
This honorary society received numerous other awards for its outstanding programming, including "The Outstanding Organization of the Year" – an award it received twice in the last 20 years – and the first ever "Organization Promoting Diversity Leadership" award. Additionally, President Barack Obama issued the Lifetime Achievement Award to Reverend Pritchett in Spring 2016 for his direction of the program and for leadership of an extensive number of community initiatives during his lifetime. Many of the program's graduates have received national fellowships to pursue graduate and doctoral studies.
The MLK Leadership Program is comprised of scholars from around the world who have an average historical GPA of approximately 3.5 and a 90 percent retention rate. Incoming freshmen to Seton Hall University who are interested in applying for the MLK Scholarship on campus should click here.
“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.”
― Martin Luther King, Jr, I Have a Dream