MLK Day Celebration

Lift Every Voice:
Enacting Positive Change so ALL are Heard

January 22, 2024


On the first day of spring semester classes — Monday, January 22 — Nazareth commemorates Dr. Martin Luther KingJr. with campus-wide programming from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with community partners, on the theme Lift Every Voice: Enacting Positive Change so ALL are Heard. Classes during that time block are suspended so that all may attend.

  • 10:30-11:20am - Social Justice Workshops: Students, faculty, staff: Sign up for your workshop choice; see details below.
  • 11:30am-12:10pm - Ceremony in Glazer's Beston Hall: Open to the public, as well as students, faculty, and staff.
  • 12:10pm-12:30pm - Connections Event in Glazer's Duda Family Concourse (lobby): Open to the public, as well as students, faculty, and staff.

About our Workshop Presenters

Climate Solutions Accelerator (Arts Center A183)

The Climate Solutions Accelerator is an inclusive, nonpartisan 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to inspiring and facilitating a large-scale climate mobilization in the nine-county Genesee-Finger Lakes Region.

Our Mission
To create a healthier, more equitable, and regenerative community by catalyzing local efforts to eliminate greenhouse gas emissions and address the effects of climate change.

Our Vision
A thriving region on a healthy planet, achieved through bold, systemic climate solutions that promote prosperity and security for all.

  • Our Values
  • The Climate Solutions Accelerator is:
  • Inclusive
  • Nonpartisan
  • Solutions-focused
  • Collaborative
  • Scientifically-informed
  • Transparent
  • Committed to social, racial, economic, environmental, and intergenerational justice

Our Work
The Accelerator is working to achieve systemic change via two main pathways:

Convening and unifying a diverse range of partners to facilitate organizational action and nurture leadership development within organizations.
Organizing and empowering concerned citizens at the local level to facilitate individual action, nurture the development of effective community leaders, and build the power of our local climate movement.
All of our work is infused with an equity lens and prioritizes climate solutions that both accelerate emissions reductions and promote health, safety, and economic prosperity for all members of our community.

Our Commitment
As part of the Climate Solutions Accelerator's commitment to climate justice, the organization has signed on in support of the Black Agenda Group's declaration that racism is a public health crisis. We acknowledge that systemic racism has shaped our community and continues to do so today. The impacts of systemic racism on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in the Genesee-Finger Lakes Region are seen in these persistent disparities, with significant implications for the health and well-being of our entire community. Furthermore, we recognize that climate change will only serve to worsen these disparities if we do not center equity and climate justice in our regional efforts to address climate change. The Climate Solutions Accelerator is firmly committed to incorporating the pillars of the Black Agenda Group's declaration as part of our efforts to co-create a local climate justice movement that prioritizes equity and works toward climate solutions that can be used to mitigate other systemic community concerns.

The Children's Agenda (Arts Center A72)

At The Children’s Agenda, we advocate for effective policies and drive evidence-based solutions for the health, education and success of children. We are especially committed to children who are vulnerable because of poverty, racism, health inequities and trauma. Learn about our work and join with us. Your voice will make a difference for children!

Our Issues

AutismUp (Arts Center A71)

About AutismUp

Welcome to AutismUp, where our unwavering commitment is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals with autism and their families.

Our Focus: At AutismUp, our focus is to provide comprehensive support and resources for individuals with autism across their lifespan. We are dedicated to helping children with autism grow into capable adults and fostering an inclusive, supportive community for all.

What We Do: Our work encompasses a wide range of initiatives, from autism awareness campaigns to advocacy for individuals on the autism spectrum. We offer valuable educational resources, deliver direct programming, and provide essential support services to families.

Impact and Reach: Every day, AutismUp touches the lives of thousands of families in the Greater Rochester area and its surroundings. We are proud to support over 3,700 individuals who are part of the 1 in 36 diagnosed with autism, offering help today and hope for tomorrow.

Arts Center

10:30 AM - 11:20 AM

Social Justice Workshops

  • Climate Solutions Accelerator - Catalyzing Local Efforts for Environmental Justice (Room Location: Arts Center A183)
  • The Children's Agenda - Advocating for Children's Health, Education & Success (Room Location: Arts Center A72)
  • AutismUp - Collaborating with and Supporting the Autism Community -  (Room Location: Arts Center A71)

RSVP for a workshop

Glazer's Beston Hall

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM

  • Welcome - President Beth Paul
  • Welcome; Introduction to Naomi Conteh - Wayne Hilson
  • Spoken Word - Naomi Conteh
  • King for a Day Service and Advocacy Announcement; Introduction to A'Nyla Brown - Adam Lewandowski
  • Song - A'Nyla Brown
  • Announcement for Gwen Clifton Event, Black History Month Events, and Introduction to Tyana Burroughs - Kim Winden
  • Spoken Word - Tyana Burroughs
  • MLK Awards for Creative Expression Reminder and New Connections Event Announcement - Mario Martinez
    Categories: Visual Arts, Music, Theater/Dance, Open
  • Wrap-Up - Wayne Hilson

Glazer's Duda Family Concourse (lobby)

12:10 PM-12:30 PM

New Connections Reception - On your way out, stop for delicious treats and great conversation in the lobby!

Naz MLK student artwork
MLK 2023

Wellness Wednesday 1/24

Stop by Wellness Wednesday 12-12:30pm outside of Health & Counseling for a justice-themed activity and snack!

MLK Peace Walk 1/25

Naz students, staff, and faculty: Join JJ and the Walking Club for their weekly walk 12:15-12:45pm!  This peace walk will be an opportunity to come together, move our bodies, and walk with peace and community on the forefront of our minds. Learn more

Naz Hillel Shabbat for Justice 1/26

Join Nazareth Hillel for a Special Shabbat Service and Dinner Celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the ongoing work of racial & social justice. Learn More. Please RSVP to

Take Action In the Community 1/27

Nazareth students, faculty, and staff: Sign up to be part of Nazareth’s participation in the King for a Day service event at community service sites off campus. And add King for a Day to your calendar. For more, check out the King for a Day info page and contact Adam Lewandowski, Weider Community Engagement office,

Fireside Chat with Gwen Clifton, '13, '16G: A Changemaker's Journey 1/29

Our Vice President of Culture, Community & Belonging Wayne Hilson will sit down with Naz social work alum Gwen Clifton '13, '16G to discuss her journey of changemaking personally and professionally. Full Gwen Clifton event info

Awards for Creative Expression

Nazareth students: Enter Nazareth's MLK Awards for Creative Expression competition. Record, compose, write, or create a piece of work around the MLK Day Celebration theme, or other themes related to social justice, diversity, equity & inclusion. The awards ceremony will be held in April 2024. See MLK Awards details.