UPDATE: All January 16th Community Events Are Postponed. 

Throughout January, activities are planned to engage students, faculty, staff and the wider community in diversity programs that include lectures, cultural programs, film screening and games organized by various academic and support units across the campus.
Many of these events allow departments and organizations to showcase their diversity efforts through presentations, lectures, and performances. Others will allow participants to take part in critical dialogues.

The month-long series begins January 16. 

Download PDF- Community Month Activities

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s King Week At UAB

In addition to Community Month, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, the City of Birmingham and various community partners have joined together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a series of events on campus and throughout the city of Birmingham, Alabama. The theme of this year’s celebration serves as a call for community in divisive times: “Now is the time to do what’s right”. The weeklong celebration begins on Sunday, January 14th at 5:00 PM with the Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert featuring the Blind Boys of Alabama and the combined choirs of Alabama A&M University, Alabama State University, Miles College, Talladega College, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, with Dr. Henry Panion, III serving as conductor at the UAB Alys Stephens Center’s Jemison Concert Hall. The concert is presented by the City of Birmingham in association with the Alabama Bicentennial Commission and the UAB College of Arts and Sciences’ Department of Music

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A list of activities for Martin Luther King’s Week can found at http://www.uab.edu/dei/martin-luther-king-jr

Download PDF- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration Week

For more information, about Community Month, contact inclusion@uab.edu.

Should you need this document in an alternate format, or require a reasonable accommodation, please contact Disability Support Services (Students) at 934-4205 or AWARE Program (Faculty/Staff) at 205-975-9973 (V/TTY). Please note that one-week advance notice is preferred.

Wednesday, January 17

  • Art Therapy as an Inclusive Treatment Modality at 12:00 PM - Art therapy is an expressive therapy approach, which can be used across the lifespan and is beneficial for those who may feel traditional “talk therapy” is too restrictive. This panel discussion will examine the role of art therapy with diverse populations thereby demonstrating an inclusive therapy modality that increases the overall quality of life, and reduces depression and anxiety. The event will be held at the UAB Highlands Media Center. Sponsored by UAB Human Resources.
  • Stammtisch, German Conversation Table at 12:30 PM - Stammtisch, our regularly occurring German conversation table, welcomes German students and anyone in the community interested in the German language and the cultures of German-speaking countries. Simple, engaging activities are planned based on the content of introductory and intermediate German classes, to stimulate conversation around the table, but participants are invited to bring their own questions or ideas for discussion. Manchmal supplemental instruction, manchmal a purely social gathering, the hour plays out a little differently each meeting, und alle sind ganz herzlich willkommen! The event will be held in Sterne Library Starbucks. Alle sind ganz herzlich willkommen! Sponsored by UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures 
  • Birmingham Regional Chapter Regional Chapter Meeting of the National Association of Health Services Executives (NAHSE) at 4:00 PM - 
    Please join us for the official induction ceremony for the NAHSE Birmingham Regional Chapter officers. After the induction ceremony, a facilitated discussion of the two-year strategic plan will occur. 
    If you haven’t joined NAHSE, please go to: https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?Site=NAHSE&WebCode=Verify                        
    The ceremony will begin promptly at 4:00 p.m. and will conclude by 5:15 p.m. 
    Sponsored by UAB Health System.

Thursday, January 18

  • Healing Fractured Families – Building Hope through Interprofessional Collaboration at 12:00 PM - Birmingham had 18 women die from injuries sustained during a domestic violence encounter. The police department responded to over 6,000 incidents of domestic violence. Children in the homes hear and witness the intentional injuries inflicted by their adult guardians, influencing their mental and physical health for a lifetime. The purpose of the presentation is to highlight the plight of victims of domestic violence and the collaboration between the One Place program and UAB School of Nursing with future plans to answer the needs of the fractured families in our community. The event will be held in School of Nursing and School of Health Professions - Learning Resources Center Building, Room 102. Sponsored by UAB School of Nursing. 
  • Cities of China in Style: from Birmingham to China at 6:00 PM - More and more tourists from Alabama who visit China are flocking to the ancient country to experience its rich history and perhaps catch a glimpse of its bright future. Are you planning a trip to China? This lecture will help you discover what a wonderfully challenging and beautiful country this is. The event will be held in Sterne Library Room 174. Sponsored by UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 

Friday, January 19

  • Cena de la Tertulia, Spanish Conversation Table and Dinner at 6:00 PM - Join us for a social gathering and conversation in Spanish around the table and delicious Mexican food from Supermercado Mi Pueblo.All levels of Spanish welcome. The event will be held at Mi Pueblo Restaurant & Supermarket, 216 Greensprings Hwy, Homewood, AL 35209. Sponsored by UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. 

Saturday, January 20 

  • Word from the Mountaintop Oratory Finalists Presentations at 3:00 PM - To honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., the University of Alabama at Birmingham will host its inaugural “Word from the Mountaintop” Oratory Contest finalists event on January 20. The purpose of this competition is to recognize and give high school and college students the opportunity to reflect on the words of Dr. King while connecting his message to issues facing our nation in the 21st century. This year, participants are charged to compose a speech answering the question “What steps should we take to honor Dr. King’s legacy of uniting our communities and forging human progress toward the goal of social equity?” Finalist will present at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. A reception will follow the contest. Sponsored by UAB Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

Monday, January 22

  • La Tertulia, Spanish Conversation Table at 2:30 PM - La tertulia, our weekly Spanish conversation table, welcomes Spanish students and anyone in the community interested in the Spanish language and the cultures of Spanish-speaking countries. All levels of Spanish welcome. For more information, go to https://www.uab.edu/cas/languages/. The event will be held in Sterne Library Starbucks. Sponsored by UAB Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.
  • 2018 Lakeshore vs. UAB Wheelchair Basketball Game at 6:00 PM - Collaboration with the Lakeshore Foundation to expose UAB students to accessible sports and inclusion.  Come watch UAB students, faculty and staff take on Lakeshore Foundation’s Wheelchair Basketball Team. The event will be held in Campus Recreation Center on Court 1. Sponsored by UAB Disability Support Services.

Tuesday, January 23 

  • Advancing Health Equity as a Human Right at 5:00 PM - The Third Annual Reflection on Civil and Human Rights Lecture Series. Monica L. Baskin, Ph.D. Professor of Preventive Medicine and Vice Chair for Culture and Diversity in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) School of Medicine will discuss the significance of advancing health equity as a human right contextualized by the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham, Alabama. The event will be held in Mervyn H. Sterne Library (174). Sponsored by UAB UAB Libraries, UAB African American Faculty Association, and UAB African American Studies.

Wednesday, January 24 

  • Critical Conversations: Creating and Sustaining the Beloved Community at 6:00 PM - UAB’s commitment to our city and our neighbors is not new; it is part of who we are, and is integral to our work in community outreach and classrooms. This critical conversation will focus on the idea that community well-being is the result of a complex interplay of social, cultural, economic, political and environmental factors that is beyond the influence of any one individual, organization or level of government alone. The most creative and lasting solutions to enhance community well-being depend upon citizens, government, and a diversity of organizations that unite around a common vision—a vision to work in collaboration on initiatives that makes solutions a reality.  In addition, we will explore ways in which we can better facilitate community engagement between UAB and greater Birmingham. For additional details, visit www.uab.edu/dei/criticalconversationsThe event will be held in Heritage Hall 102. Sponsored by UAB Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.
  • Global Games and Goodies at 6:00 PM - The UAB College Leadership Council will host Global Games and Goodies, an event designed to promote cultural exchange through play. UAB students are invited to bring a favorite game and a dessert that reflects something they love about their culture. The purpose of this casual, light-hearted game night is for students to have fun, make friends, and walk away with a greater awareness of each other’s cultures.

Friday, January 26

  • Diversity Day Lecture and Luncheon Featuring Keynote Speaker Dr. Feranmi Okanlami at 12:00 PM - Feranmi Okanlami, M.D., is assuming a position in 2018 as an Assistant Professor of Family Medicine and Physical Medicine at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, as well as faculty lead for medical student success in the Office for Health Equity and Inclusion. He completed his residency in family medicine at the Memorial Hospital of South Bend, after experiencing a spinal cord injury which paralyzed him from the chest down during his nearly complete orthopedic surgery residency. In addition to his medical work, Dr. Okanlami serves as a disabilities advocate and motivational speaker. The event will be held in Margaret Cameron Spain Auditorium. Sponsored by UAB School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion and the Schwartz Rounds.
  • Second Annual Diversity Fair at 4:00 PM - The Diversity Fair is an opportunity to celebrate the wealth of backgrounds and experiences within UAB Medicine. Departments will sponsor food tables featuring special regional or national cuisine, and prizes will be awarded for the best table. Local slam poets will perform, along with Peruvian musician Arturo La Cruz and the Birmingham Girls Choir. UAB Medicine employees, students, and their families are invited to be part of this exciting celebration. The event will be held in North Pavillion, Second Floor Lobby. Sponsored by UAB School of Medicine Office for Diversity and Inclusion.

Tuesday, January 30 

  • Supporting Breast Cancer Survivors and their Families: Why it Matters at 2:00 PM - The School of Nursing will be presenting nurse-led initiatives for breast cancer survivors and their families. Learn about programs supporting a diverse and unique population: Young Breast Cancer Survivorship Network, Think Well and surviveAL. Join the conversation on survivorship issues and innovated ways to deliver supportive programs. The event will be held in UAB LRC, Room 104. Sponsored by: School of Nursing.

Wednesday, January 31

  • International Bazaar at 11:00 AM - In partnership with a variety of individuals and group participants, Student Multicultural and Diversity Program’s Social Justice Advocacy Council will showcase the cultural diversity inherent to our university and the greater Birmingham community.There will be informational displays, performances, and activities with a focus on international representation.Please join us!  The event will be held in Hill Student Center Ballrooms. Sponsored by UAB Student Multicultural and Diversity Programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Holly Holliday-Jones at hhj@uab.edu.