Join us in our annual celebration honoring the life and work of Dr. King.

2022 Events

Keynote Lecture with Dr. Damon A. Williams

Damon A. Williams
Looking Back, and Looking Ahead: Manifesting the Dream of Inclusive Excellence
Tuesday, January 25, 2022 | 4:00-5:30 PM
Ira Allen Chapel & Online

We are excited to announce Dr. Damon A. Williams, one of the original architects of the Inclusive Excellence Concept in American Higher Education and author of the best-selling Strategic Diversity Leadership and The Chief Diversity Officer, will be UVM's keynote speaker for our 2022 celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Lecture will be followed by Q&A. 

Tickets for in-person and live stream are free and required.

In-Person Attendees Please Note: Masks are required to attend this event. It is the expectation of the University that attendees also be fully vaccinated.

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More on Dr. Williams

Dr. Damon A. Williams is a visionary and inspirational leader, and one of the nation’s recognized experts in strategic diversity leadership, youth development, corporate responsibility, and organizational change.
For four years, he led a $250M social impact portfolio for the world’s largest youth development company, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, representing the interests of nearly 4M diverse youth and teens as Senior Vice President for Programs and Chief Education Officer.
One of the original architects of the Inclusive Excellence concept in American higher education, he is author of the best-selling Strategic Diversity Leadership and the Chief Diversity Officer, he is a global thought leader having worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities, Fortune 100 companies, foundations, and government agencies, as keynote speaker, strategist, educator, and social impact leader.
As the University of Michigan celebrates her 200-year anniversary, he was recently awarded the Bicentennial Leadership Award, a one-time honor given to 20 trailblazing alumni, who exemplify the best of the academic and leadership values of the Universities 200,000 living alumni.
He is currently chief catalyst for the Center for Strategic Diversity Leadership & Social Innovation and a Senior Scholar and Innovation Fellow at the Wisconsin Equity, and Inclusion (Wei) Laboratory of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he previously served as Associate Vice Chancellor and inaugural Chief Diversity, Equity, and Educational Achievement Officer.
Dr. Williams received his PhD from the University of Michigan Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education (CSHPE) in Organizational Behavior and Management, and his MS and BS degrees from Miami University in Educational Leadership and Sociology and Black World Studies, respectively.
For more information, please visit Dr. Williams' website.


Larner College of Medicine Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Health Equity Lecture Series

Christine M. Crawford
Impact of Racism and Trauma on Black Mental Health
with Christine M. Crawford, MD, MPH
Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 5:30 – 6:30 PM

More information on the Health Equity Lecture Series


Film Screening and Discussion

graffitied building and white picket fence with a sign stating "no trespassing per order of city of Boston."
A Reckoning in Boston Followed by Q&A
Wednesday, January 26, 2022 | 4:30 PM
Livak Ballroom

Please join the university community for a FREE screening of A Reckoning in Boston followed by a Q&A with the film’s main subjects and producers, Carl Chandler and Kafi Dixon, facilitated by Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs Jim Vigoreaux.

This event is part of the University of Vermont’s Faculty Development Series and is open to the public. 

Stream A Reckoning in Boston for free from 8:00 AM- 8:00 PM on Jan. 26

About the Film

In a tuition-free night course in their Boston neighborhood, Kafi Dixon and Carl Chandler are transformed by the lessons of history and philosophy. But is their new sense of agency strong enough to deflect the inequities of a rapidly gentrifying city? In a prosperous and progressive city, why is the divide between white and Black, rich and poor, so glaringly wide? The Boston Globe calls it " absolute must see."

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2021 Keynote Address

Photo of Leon McDougle

Slave Health Deficit: The Journey to Health Parity

Keynote Speaker: Leon McDougle, MD, MPH

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Leon McDougle, M.D., M.P.H., is the 1st African American Professor with tenure in The Ohio State University Department of Family Medicine and he’s the 1st Chief Diversity Officer ‘Aka Chief Collaborating Officer’ for the OSU Wexner Medical Center. A graduate of the University of Toledo and OSU College of Medicine, he completed the family medicine residency at the Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, California, and earned a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan School of Public Health, Department of Health Management and Policy.

Dr. McDougle was installed on August 3, 2020 as the 121st President of the National Medical Association (NMA), which serves as the oldest and largest collective voice for African American physicians in their effort to eliminate health inequalities. In his role as NMA President, he leads the NMA’s mission to promote the interests of both doctors and patients, specifically those of African descent, to foster the utmost quality of care for all Americans.

Dr. McDougle is a Diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine and Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was elected to membership within the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, faculty, and is a member of the Rhema Christian Center and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States. Dr McDougle previously served as the national Chair for the Association of American Medical Colleges Group on Diversity and lnclusion (2013-2015).

As a family physician Dr. McDougle has served a mostly older population on the Near Eastside of Columbus since 2001. He has been recognized nationally for clinical excellence as being among the Top 10% of healthcare providers for patient satisfaction and among the Best Doctors in America.

This event wass sponsored by President Suresh V. Garimella, the Larner College of Medicine, the Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Department of Student Life.