Social Justice Conference

A Journey Toward True Education: Social Justice Conference 2022

On January 17, Indiana University celebrated the 36th anniversary of Martin Luther King Day as a national holiday in the United States. An essential component of the day included the second annual social justice conference titled "A Journey Toward True Education." The conference theme comes from "The Purpose of Education," written by Martin Luther King Jr. and published in the Morehouse campus newspaper, The Maroon Tiger, in 1947. In the article, King argues that education has a utilitarian and moral function, insisting that character and moral development are necessary to give the critical intellect humane purposes. The virtual conference boasted over 1,000 registrants from across the IU system.

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Student Leader Pre-conference Institute

In conjunction with the social justice conference, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs hosts a pre-conference program called Together We Commit: Student Leadership Curriculum. The program is for student leaders across Indiana University and takes place the Sunday before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday. Student leaders from each IU campus and the School of Medicine are selected to participate. Please consider applying for the 2023 pre-conference institute.

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