for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Culture
The Donald Blake Center promotes academic research through annual conferences featuring keynote speakers who are leading academics on subject matter related to the study of race, ethnicity, and culture. The center offers pedagogy workshops on curriculum inclusiveness and multiculturalism and encourages student-led involvement in inner-city missions and social justice campaigns. The target groups for these acts of service are community groups, government agencies, businesses, and non-profit groups that address social problems connected to the problem of racism and its devastating effects on contemporary social and cultural life.
The center is named in honor of Donald Blake, a member of the faculty in the Walla Walla College Department of Biological Sciences from 1962 to 1969. When Blake accepted the position at WWC, he was one of the first Black tenure track faculty to be hired at a predominately white Seventh-day Adventist college or university. He has also held teaching positions at Oakwood College, University of Rhode Island, Ohio State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Southern Illinois University, University of Kentucky, Kentucky State University, and University of Hartford. He has also held administrative positions in higher education, including vice president for academic affairs at Kentucky State University and dean of instruction at Mississippi Valley State University.
Equity Teach-in Conference
April 13-16, 2021
Keynote Speakers: Rebecca Parshall, David Williams, Donald Blake
3rd Annual Academic Conference
April 11-12, 2019
Keynote Speaker: Terrence Roberts
2nd Annual Academic Conference
April 19-20, 2018
Keynote Speaker: Benjamin Madley, associate professor of history, University of California at Los Angeles
Inaugural Academic Conference
April 20-21, 2017
Keynote Speaker: George Yancy, professor of philosophy, Emory University
Golden speaks on civil rights at international congress
Timothy Golden, WWU professor of philosophy, was a plenary speaker for the International Religious Liberty Association 8th World Congress in August 2017.
IRLA World Congress - Timothy Golden
Dr. Timothy Golden, Professor of History & Philosophy and Director of Walla Walla University’s new Donald Blake Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity and Culture, spoke at IRLA's World Congress last week. The theme of the congress was "Religious Freedom and the Hope for Peaceful Co-Existence.” “Peaceful Co-existence is only possible if our deeds meet our creeds,” he stated. Watch his full speech here. #IRLA2017 International Religious Liberty AssociationPosted by Adventist News Network on Wednesday, August 30, 2017