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MLK Day: 2017 MLK Events

Programs in Celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day January 12-20

Several events for faculty, staff and students have been planned in recognition of the holiday and the relevance of King's contributions to current social justice issues and movements.

MLK Programming on Campus

  • Friday, January 13th

SIAD Presents: Reducing Implicit Bias in the Hiring Process

11:00AM – 12:30 PM | Spencer Weinstein Center for Community & Justice | Professional Development  

Members of Student Initiative for Academic Diversity will facilitate a workshop on equitable hiring practices inspired by their experiences serving on Davidson College’s tenure-track faculty searches. This workshop has been adapted for staff hiring managers with the goal of expanding the practice of equitable hiring to all campus divisions and departments.

Registration is required: 

  • Tuesday, January 17th

Davidson College Police Discuss the Possibilities and Limits of Fair and Impartial Policing Training and Body Cameras

11:05AM – 12:30PM | Spencer Weinstein Center for Community & Justice | Lunch & Learn

Come and join Davidson College’s Chief of Police, Todd Sigler and Assistant Chief, Carolyn McMackin, and Chief Scott Cunningham, a certified Fair and Impartial Policing (FIP) trainer, in a community conversation about their experiences with FIP training and body cameras. How do these tools and interventions reduce racial bias in policing, and what are the challenges and limitations?

Registration is required and lunch is provided:

  • Thursday, January 19th

Implicit Bias Faculty Research Panel

5:00PM – 6:15PM | Hance Auditorium | Faculty Research Panel

National and local scholars in social psychology and industrial and organization psychology discuss the origins and vast applications of implicit bias research. They will share findings from their respective research projects that shed light on the role of racial bias in student learning outcomes, health disparities, employment and workplace diversity.   

Luis M. Rivera, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Enrica N. Ruggs, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology at University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Scott Tonidandel, Wayne M. & Carolyn A. Watson Associate Professor, Department of Psychology at Davidson College

  • Friday, January 20th

Experimenting as Teachers (EAT) Lunches 

12:00PM – 1:00PM | Center for Teaching and Learning 

Guest professor Luis M. Rivera, will join Davidson College professors in a conversation about his research on implicit bias in academic spaces. Professor Rivera will share his own practice(s) as an educator for preventing and responding to racial bias and microaggressions in the classroom.

Registration is required: email Karen Baldwick at  

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