In an effort to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., last semester I came up with the idea of having an SPH round table discussion regarding Martin Luther King, Jr., his dream, and where we are today. A goal of SPH is to create a sense of community, therefore, I reached out to student leaders regarding the event. In the end, PHSA, La Salud, and AAPHA agreed to help plan this round table event.
On January, 23rd, two days after Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we hosted our event. Our goal was to bring awareness to the importance of MLK Day, his dream, why his dream has not been fully recognized, and our duty as Public Health students. About 50 students and faculty members engaged in a dialogue discussing race, ideas, thoughts, etc. It was a very rewarding and enriching discussion due to our diverse audience and our call to action regarding service and mentorship at the end of the event.
All in all, it was a successful event. I felt as if the people that attended understood more about Martin Luther King’s dream and their duty as future Public Health leaders. It is very rewarding to see an idea you have come into fruition. Its my hope that this will be the 1st Annual MLK-Beyond the Dream event at SPH. More collaborative events such as this will be happening in the future!
On February 22nd, PHSAD will be hosting our 26th Annual Minority Health Conference: “Innovative Approaches to HIV/AIDS – Prevention Among Youth”. Register today!