Skot Welch, ’90, and Michael Williams, ’78, to Headline Albion MLK Events in January

December 14, 2017

A pair of January 2018 College events will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with the Albion community.

On Monday, January 15 (the MLK holiday), Albion College will host its third-annual Day of Dialogue and Service in the Washington Gardner Auditorium, 401 E. Michigan Ave.; two weeks later, on Monday, January 29, the College and community will come together at the Bohm Theatre, 201 S. Superior St., for the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Convocation and Community Celebration.

A headshot of a man wearing a suit.The MLK Day of Dialogue and Service, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m., will feature Skot Welch, ’90, as keynote speaker. Welch (right) has spent the past 20 years helping churches, municipalities, nonprofits and industry leaders develop sustainable and measurable diversity initiatives. An expert in organizational diversity management, Welch recently served as vice president of benchmarking services and analysis for DiversityInc magazine, where he was responsible for new industry development and best-practices analysis within the Fortune 500.

Welch’s remarks will be followed by breakout discussions and the opportunity to participate in service projects in the community. Lunch on the Albion College campus, in Lower Baldwin Hall, will conclude the event.

A headshot of a man wearing a suit.The MLK Convocation and Community Celebration, at the Bohm on the 29th, will start at 7 p.m. Michael Williams, ’78, former mayor of the City of Albion and a current Albion College trustee, will deliver the convocation address. Williams (right) currently serves as president and CEO of Orchards Children’s Services, Michigan’s premier foster-care and adoption agency. He has spent much of his career in youth development, with special focus on disadvantaged children and teens. Williams served two terms as Albion’s mayor in the 1990s and is a past member of the Albion College Alumni Association Board. Williams has also been inducted twice into the Albion College Athletic Hall of Fame, and he received the Distinguished Alumni Award in 1997.

Both events are open to the entire Albion community. For more information and to register for the Day of Dialogue and Service, visit the Albion College Office of Intercultural Affairs website or call 517/629-0501. For more information on the MLK Convocation and Community Celebration, contact the Gerald R. Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service, one of the event’s co-sponsors, at 517/629-0368.