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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration

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 Walla Walla University Church, 212 S.W. 4th St., College Place.

The 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.


Speaker's areas of expertise include
social work and resilience in black women

The speaker for the WWU Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration will be 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.


Monday, Jan. 20, 4 p.m.
A MLK Peace March through downtown Walla Walla will commemorate the life and activism of Martin Luther King Jr. Students from WWU and Whitman College will gather with members of the Walla Walla community at 4 p.m. at the Whitman College Reid Center, 280 Boyer Ave., Walla Walla, and will march to the GESA Powerhouse Theater, 111 N. 6th Ave., Walla Walla. 


Monday, Jan. 20, 7 p.m.
Hispanic Ministries and LatinX Collab, University Church Youth Room


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 6 p.m.
Documentary screening sponsored by the Walla Walla University Chapter of Engineers Without Borders.


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 7 p.m.
Culture Night at the Atlas sponsored by Drama Club, CommLang Club, and Student Missions.


Thursday, Jan. 23, 9 p.m.
Special Fireside speaker in Conard Chapel.


Friday, Jan. 24, 9:30 p.m.
Peace Tree planting with BSCF and LatinX at Impact.


Saturday, Jan. 25, 6 p.m.
The Office of Diversity and ASWWU will provide a soup feed and active listening event in the University Church Fellowship Hall.

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