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Celebrating the Legacy of MLK: A Day of Dialogue and Service

Monday, January 16, 2017, 11 a.m.

You are invited to attend the Second Annual Day of Dialogue and Service, celebrating the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration will be held at Washington Gardner School with opportunities for community service in the afternoon.

Following the keynote address, there will be lunch and small breakout sessions for continued dialogue, facilitated by faculty, staff and community members. For more about the day's activities, please view the schedule of events.

Milton Barnes, '79
Milton Barnes, '79

Keynote Speaker

Milton Barnes, '79, has touched hundreds of lives over more than 35 years as a men's and boys' basketball coach and scout at the international, professional, collegiate and high school levels. Most recently, after eight years as a scout for the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, he launched Play Right Basketball Academy in Dallas, Texas.

Earlier in his career, Barnes served as head coach at Eastern Michigan from 1996-2000, and from 1988-1991 he coached Albion High School to a 65-11 record, including a 26-1 mark and Class B state championship game appearance in 1990-91.

Everyone in our community is welcome to attend this event!

Schedule of Events

10:30 - 11 a.m.


Location: Washington Gardner School, 401 E. Michigan Ave.

11 a.m.

Opening and Keynote Speaker: Milton Barnes, ’79

Location: Washington Gardner School Auditorium

12 p.m.

Lunch and Breakout Sessions

Location: Various rooms in Washington Gardner School

Faculty, staff and students of Albion College and Albion community members will facilitate discussion around the keynote address. Box lunches will be provided.

1:30 - 3 p.m.

Service Opportunities

Location: Washington Gardner School and various Albion community locations

There will be on-site and off-site service opportunities. Transportation will be provided to off-site locations. A list of service opportunities will be available on the day of the event.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Office of Intercultural Affairs at 517/629-0501 or email at .

Programs and Services

Students celebrate Diwali in the KC Stack.

The Office of Intercultural Affairs provides a variety of programs for the campus and the greater Albion community. We believe that cultural-educational programs encourage cultural synthesis. That is, students are positioned to learn about themselves in relation to others who may be different. Exposure to different people with different ideas is the bedrock of a relevant and empowering liberal arts education. These kinds of outside the classroom experiences provides common ground for principled inquiry, growth, and learning.

Programming and Cultural Events

  • Cultural and Diversity Celebrations
  • Intercultural Affairs Orientation
  • Intercultrual Affairs Cookout
  • Smooth Transitions Mentoring Program
  • Special Activities

Cultural and Diversity Celebrations

The Office of Intercultural Affairs is committed to providing cultural-educational programming to our campus and the community at large. We seek to increase cultural awareness, cultivate diversity, promote social justice, and create substantive intergroup partnerships. To that end we celebrate and support:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (April)
Black History Month (February)
Coming Out Week (October)
Latino/a Heritage Month (September-October)                                                                                                             Native American Heritage Month (November)



Intercultural Affairs Orientation

The Office of Intercultural Affairs offers an orientation program to welcome you to Albion College. New students and transfer students, along with their families, are invited to participate in dialogue panels, information sessions, and to meet staff and upperclass students.

You will have the opportunity to also network with various campus and community resources that will be accessible to you while studying here at Albion College.

Intercultural Affairs Cookout

Office of Intercultural Affairs CookoutThe Intercultural Affairs Opening Cookout is an Annual event that allows new and current students, faculty, and staff to meet each other. This diverse atmosphere gives each year a high note to begin with. Everyone is welcome to attend.  

It is just ICA's way to say Welcome! Join the campus and the Office of Intercultural Affairs by kicking off the Fall Semester with delicious free food and wonderful company! Socialize, eat and greet with faculty, staff, students and community members. Where: Umbrella House Backyard (behind 1107 E. Cass St.; Rain Location is the Kellog Center Stack)

Smooth Transitions Mentor Program

Smooth Transitions coordinates effective academic and social support during the fall semester to foster student growth and adjustment to Albion College and the surrounding community.

Smooth Transitions matches first-year students from an under-represented ethnic or racial background with upperclass students. The program provides guidance and direction to our first-year students in order to assist them in making a successful transition to Albion, both academically and socially.

A student mentor will regularly meet with their assigned student mentee, helping him or her find resources to support student academic and social needs, encouraging their peer student’s involvement in student organizations, and inviting their peer student to various social outings.

Special Activities Hosted by the Office of Intercultural Affairs

The Office of Intercultural Affairs assists students and the Albion campus to engage in advocacy, dialogue, and learning experiences by offering a range of special events throughout the year. Those events include:

  • Study Breaks – An Intercultural Affairs tradition to host a late-night pancake study break before final exams

  • Conference Opportunities – Support students to travel, attend, and/or present at regional and national conferences, such as the Great Lakes College Association’s Student of Color Leadership Conference

  • Dialogues – Allows students to voice and constructively discuss today’s hot topics, ranging from LGBTQ to women’s issues, and from cultural identity to social injustice

Office of the Chaplain

A tradition of spiritual life.

At Albion College, we're proud of our tradition of spiritual life. The Office of the Chaplain coordinates campus spiritual life, and is here to help you develop as a spiritual person. While we honor our historic affiliation with the United Methodist Church, our campus is incredibly diverse in belief, and the Office of the Chaplain serves students from all backgrounds.

Spiritual life at Albion College is focused on deepening faith, developing leaders, and learning from diversity. We partner with the campus and larger community to deepen spiritual values, cultivate diversity, and prepare students for a pluralistic global workplace.

1000 E. Porter St.Albion's Chaplaincy is now in a new home at 1000 E. Porter St. (adjacent to the fraternities). Our new home will offer incredible new space for Spiritual Life, with expanded space for departmental programs and leadership development.

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