2018 UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, Jan. 15–19

In a memorable 1967 speech, Martin Luther King Jr. asked an important question of American society: Where do we go from here?

Fifty years later, the question remains.

Join us in celebrating Dr. King’s legacy, and continuing to pursue meaningful answers to important questions.

Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, CNN political commentator, and NPR political analyst, will be our guest speaker for the Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture, giving her insight into the question, “Where do we go from here?”

All week

All week long you can buy socks for the Warm the Sole Sock Drive (drop off new socks at the donation box in the Main Entrance Lobby) or take the CultureVision scavenger hunt challenge, as well as the events listed below.

Watch Noon News each day for that day’s activities.


Monday, Jan. 15

Visit mlk.uiowa.edu for more information about the Day of Service and other University of Iowa events.

UI MLK Day of Service (university holiday)

The UI Day of Service events will include a variety of volunteer opportunities. Meet at the Iowa Memorial Union from 8 to 8:30 to learn where you’ll be making a difference.


Tuesday, Jan. 16

Nursing Grand Rounds: “Addressing Microaggression in the Clinical Setting”

  • Presenter: Denise A. Martinez, MD, assistant dean of cultural affairs and diversity initiatives, associate professor, family medicine
  • Noon to 1 p.m., W417 A/B, GH (Elevator BW, Level 4)
  • Sponsored by UI Health Care Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care and Staff Nurse Council

See spotlight on featured chef Ajnja Kraina

Live music: Artes Latinas band

  • Noon to 1 p.m., Colloton Pavilion Lobby (Elevator F, Level 1)

International cuisine: Kosovo

  • Menu: burek meso (ground beef wrapped in dough) and pita tikva (pita filled with goat cheese and ricotta cheese)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)

CultureVision Scavenger Hunt

  • Visit CultureVision and search for the scavenger hunt questions at the link above. Those who answer all five questions correctly have a chance to win a Java House gift card.
  • CultureVision can be accessed via The Point (under Top Links), The Loop (under Tools on the Employee Info page), clinical desktops, and at medicine.uiowa.edu/diversity (look for CultureVision icon at bottom of page).

Wednesday, Jan. 17

Abdullahi Habtamu and Almaz Bati

International cuisine: Ethiopia

  • Menu: sega sambusa (fried tortilla filled with meat) and atiklte sambusa (fried tortilla filled with lentils)
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)

CultureVision Scavenger Hunt

  • Visit CultureVision to find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Those who answer all five questions correctly have a chance to win a Java House gift card.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Angela Rye

UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture

  • Angela Rye, principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, CNN political commentator, and NPR political analyst presents, “Where do we go from here?”
  • Noon to 1 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 MERF

Culturally Responsive Health Care Award

Anjali Sharathkumar, MBBS, MD, MS, and the sickle cell team will receive the Culturally Responsive Health Care Award from Brooks Jackson, MD, MBA, vice president for medical affairs and dean of the Carver College of Medicine. This will take place prior to the UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture in the Prem Sahai Auditorium.

The Culturally Responsive Health Care Award is presented to the individual or group that has made conscious decisions to practice culturally responsive health care. This entails activities such as finding out a patient’s history of illness, their beliefs around health care and alternative treatments, and taking care to prevent any language barriers from getting in the way of quality care.

Read more about chef Ade Mardiana Widiatmo

International cuisine: Indonesia

  • Menu: nasi goreng (shrimp fried rice), achar (cucumber side dish), and satay ayam (chicken satay)
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)

CultureVision Scavenger Hunt

  • Visit CultureVision to find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Those who answer all five questions correctly have a chance to win a Java House gift card.

DeGowin Blood Center blood drive

10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fountain Lobby (Elevator C, Level 1)

A special Human Rights Week stocking hat (shown below) will be given to successful donors at this blood drive, as well as those who donate at the DeGowin Blood Center (Elevator B, Level 2) during the week.

Appointments are encouraged online or by calling 319-356-2058.


Friday, Jan. 19

Read more about the meal Sheela and Beena are preparing.

International cuisine: India

  • Menu: vegetable biryani with rice, naan, samosa (vegetables stuffed in dough), rayta (yogurt-based dish), and gulab jamun (dessert)
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)

CultureVision Scavenger Hunt

  • Visit CultureVision to find the answers to the scavenger hunt questions. Those who answer all five questions correctly have a chance to win a Java House gift card.

Warm the Sole Sock Drive

Drop off new socks at the donation box in the Main Entrance Lobby (Elevator E, Level 1) through Jan. 31.