MLK celebration

Community event at WWU to honor life of Martin Luther King Jr.

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Walla Walla University will present a special community event on Monday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. in the University Church, 212 SW 4th St., College Place. The event will feature speaker Laurellé C. Warner who will present “Remember: Not for Information but for Transformation.”

Warner is an associate professor of social work at WWU and is the program coordinator for the WWU master of social work program in Missoula, Montana. Her primary area of research interest is resilience with special emphasis on qualitatively examining resilience in black women within the context of their sociocultural ecologies. Her teaching interests include theories and their application; micro, mezzo, and macro practice issues; diversity and ethics; and social, economic, environmental, and racial justice.

As a licensed clinical social worker, Warner has a wide repertoire of clinical knowledge and skills in areas such as mental health; child, adolescent, and family treatment; trauma; emergency psychiatric mobile services and crisis response; and school-based services to name a few. In addition to her clinical practice, she is on the board of directors for Empower Montana and serves as a member of the Missoula Inclusion, Diversity, Equity Alliance for Racial Justice.

Warner has a master of social work degree from the University of Connecticut and a doctor of philosophy degree in social policy and social research from Loma Linda University. She is the recipient of the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Social Workers, California Inland Empire, and is involved with a range of committees at WWU. She is also a Phi Alpha National Social Work Honor Society and NASW member.

Peace march with Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College
The events for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration will include a peace march and community program jointly sponsored by WWU, Whitman College, and Walla Walla Community College. Community members are invited to join students from Whitman, WWU, and WWCC as they gather at 4 p.m. at the Whitman Reid Campus Center, 280 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla. Participants will walk through downtown Walla Walla to the Gesa Powerhouse Theater, 111 N. 6th Ave., Walla Walla, where students from the three colleges will present a short program.

The events are free and open to the public. Learn more at

Posted Jan. 14, 2020

Photo of Laurelle Warner wearing a blue suit.
Laurellé C. Warner's areas of expertise include social work and resilience of black women.