Centenary’s annual Dream Week is January 16-21
SHREVEPORT, LA — Centenary College students, faculty, and staff will celebrate the legacy and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the College’s 2023 Dream Week. The 2023 Dream Week theme is “The Time is Now: Expanding the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King.”
The week continues includes a schedule of educational and cultural events. The full schedule is available below.
Monday, January 16
Degree Plan Workshop: Students Mentoring Students
Upper-level Centenary students will be available to help first- and second-year students fill out their degree plans in a relaxed environment. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. All students who haven't yet completed their degree plan are invited to attend. No appointments are needed.
Tuesday, January 17
Imposter Syndrome Colloquium with Dr. Marie Vázquez Morgan
Dr. Marie Vázquez Morgan's colloquium will focus on the experiences of persons of color in STEM, emphasizing the ways in which Imposter Syndrome affects people working in the medical field. Vázquez Morgan has many years of experience in healthcare and health equity research dealing with communities of color. She has served on national boards related to DEI and Cultural Competence and has a national reputation for working toward fair and equitable policies across multiple domains.
Vázquez Morgan earned a Ph.D. in Health Studies/Community Health from Texas Women's University and a Master of Health Science Degree with a focus on Education from LSU Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC). She also earned a Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from LSUHSC, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from LSU-Shreveport, and an Associate in Marketing degree from the Berkeley School.
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to read poetry inspired by the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, including their own original works or pieces written by others. A reception will follow.
For more information, please contact Dr. Christal Schoen at email@example.com.
Wednesday, January 18
Chalk the Walk and Dream Week T-shirt Distribution
11:00am – 1:00pm
A Call to Action: Engaging with Community Leaders
This event is an opportunity for the community to meet with local community leaders who serve in politics, advocate for voting rights, and practice law. Attendees will come to understand how these leaders contribute to our communities in a positive way. This event is free and open to the public. Panelists include Omari Ho-Sang, Breka Peoples, Willie Bradford, Steven Knight, and Hershey Jones.
Thursday, January 19
Mental Health Workshop with Dr. Latoya Pierce
During this workshop, participants will gain insight into how to better care for their mental health. Dr. Latoya Pierce, Centenary's Dean of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, will host the event along with Kristal Poland, LPC, and Ebony Holliday. Pierce earned her Ph.D. in Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services in 2005 from the University of New Orleans. She earned her Master of Mental Health Counseling from Loyola University in 2002.
Following the Mental Health Workshop, students will be invited to paint positive affirmations on the windows of the cafeteria to be displayed throughout Dream Week and beyond.
Montgomery Bus Boycott Play Reading with the Centenary Theatre Program and Mahogany Ensemble Theatre
The Centenary Theatre Program is partnering with Mahogany Ensemble Theatre to present the Montgomery Bus Boycott Play Reading. Following the presentation, local civil rights activists will discuss the themes of the play and add historical context.
Friday, January 20
Volunteering at Ridgewood Middle School
Meeting place: Centenary Square Parking Lot
Centenary students will speak at Ridgewood about what it means to be a college student. In addition, they will provide encouragement and perspective for middle school students.
Contact Dr. Christal Schoen at firstname.lastname@example.org or by texting 989.714.5227 for more information. Student volunteers from every academic program, athletic team, and student organization are encouraged to participate.
Saturday, January 21
Student Union Building
The theme of this year's Dream Week is "The Time Is Now: Expanding the Dream of Dr. Martin Luther King." Students, staff, and faculty of all levels of artistic ability are invited to help paint a canvas mural that will be hung in the Student Union Building throughout Dream Week and beyond.