2019 UI Health Care MLK Human Rights Week, Jan. 21–25

Join your colleagues and the community in celebrating UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Human Rights Week, the annual weeklong celebration of diversity and inclusion that occurs throughout the week of the national holiday (Monday, Jan. 21, 2019) commemorating the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

Pre-Human Rights Week activity: Jan. 17

Internal Medicine Grand Rounds: “Compassionate Management of People with Sickle Cell Disease”

  • Presenters: Laurel Lyckholm, MD, clinical professor of internal medicine, and Usha Perepu, MBBS, MRCP, assistant professor of internal medicine
  • Noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 17
  • Medical Alumni Auditorium, E-331 GH (Elevator BE, Level 3)

Weeklong activities: Jan. 21–25

Warm the Sole sock drive

  • Donate a new pair socks to the Warm the Sole clothesline, located in the Main Entrance Lobby of UI Hospitals & Clinics (Elevator E, Level 1)
  • Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31.

Helen K. Rossi Guest House donation drive

  • The Rossi Guest House is accepting donations of household items, toiletries, non-perishable food items, and new or gently used clothing.
  • Items may be brought to Concierge Services at the Main Information Desk (Elevator E, Level 1) of UI Hospitals & Clinics during regular business hours.
  • Donations will be accepted through Jan. 31. See a list of recommended donation items.

Photo submission: What does diversity mean to you?

 CultureVision Scavenger Hunt (Tuesday through Friday)

  • Visit CultureVision each day during Human Rights Week and search for the answers to the Scavenger Hunt questions. Those who answer all questions correctly will have a chance to win a gift card.
  • CultureVision Scavenger Hunt questions for Friday, Jan. 25
  • CultureVision can be accessed via The Point (under Top Links), The Loop (under Tools on the Employee Info page), clinical desktops, and at uiowa.edu/diversity (look for the CultureVision icon).

UI DeGowin Blood Center blood donations

  • Hours: Monday 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Make a blood donation appointment online or call 356-2058.
  • Successful donors will receive a thank-you gift.

UI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week


Monday, Jan. 21

MLK Day of Service, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • Join other students, faculty, staff, and Iowa City community members in a day of service in celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Register in advance, and check in at the Second Floor Ballroom at the Iowa Memorial Union (IMU) from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
  • Volunteers will travel to their locations and serve from 9 a.m. to noon.
  • Volunteers will return to the IMU for a celebration and reflection that includes a free lunch. The event will conclude by 1:30 p.m.
  • Join and share the MLK Day of Service on Facebook.


Tuesday, Jan. 22

Hawkeyes Saving Lives – Lunch and Learn

  • Learn about blood stem cell donation—and the need for people from diverse ethnic backgrounds to register—from current UI students who have donated blood stem cells to patients in need.
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Room 343 in the Iowa Memorial Union
  • Sponsored by the Iowa Marrow Donor Program at UI Hospitals & Clinics

Nursing Grand Rounds: “What Did You Want? Helping Patients Use Alternative and Augmentative Communication”

  • Presenters: Karen Stenger, MA, RN, CCRN, nursing practice leader, Surgical Intensive Care Unit; and Michele Wagner, MSN, RN, CNRN, nursing practice leader, Intensive and Specialty Services
  • Noon to 1 p.m., W417 GH in the Nursing Clinical Education Center (Elevator BW, Level 4)
  • Sponsored by the Department of Nursing Services and Patient Care

International Cuisine: Switzerland/Germany

  • Pork geschenetzeltes and buttered spätzle
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)

Currier Residence Hall blood drive for UI DeGowin Blood Center

  • 4 to 8 p.m., Currier Residence Hall, Multi-purpose Room
  • Successful donors will receive a thank-you gift


Wednesday, Jan. 23

International Cuisine: El Salvador

  • Chicken and cheese pupusas with curtido
  • 10:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fountain Dining Room (Elevator C, Level 1)

UI Center for Advancement blood drive for UI DeGowin Blood Center

  • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Levitt Center for University Advancement, Fourth Floor
  • Successful donors will receive a thank-you gift

UI Health Care MLK Human Rights Week Distinguished Lecture and reception

  • Raynard S. Kington, MD, president of Grinnell College
  • Lecture: noon to 1 p.m., Prem Sahai Auditorium, 1110 MERF
  • Reception: 1 to 2 p.m. Jean and Reneé Robillard Atrium, MERF
  • Free and open to the public

Culturally Responsive Health Care Award

  • Trudy Laffoon, MA, RN-BC, nurse manager in Dermatology and Surgery Specialty Services–Ambulatory Nursing, is the 2019 recipient of the UI Health Care Culturally Responsive Health Care Award. Laffoon will receive the award prior to the UI Health Care Martin Luther King Jr. Distinguished Lecture Jan. 23 in the Prem Sahai Auditorium.
  • The award is presented to the individual (or group) who has made conscious decisions to practice culturally responsive health care and reinforces our commitment to empathy and understanding.

“Black Klansman: How Ron Stallworth Infiltrated the KKK”

  • Lecture by Ron Stallworth, an activist, law enforcement veteran, and author of “Black Klansman”
  • 7:30 p.m. at the Englert Theatre in downtown Iowa City
  • Free and open to the public
  • Sponsored by the University Lecture Committee, with support from the UI Division of Student Life and the UI Office of the Dean of Students
  • One of the events of UI Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration of Human Rights Week


Thursday, Jan. 24

International Cuisine: Italy

  • Eggplant parmigiana, capellini, and focaccia
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)

Live Music: Lojo Russo

  • Quad Cities-based blues/folk artist
  • Noon, Colloton Pavilion Atrium (Elevator F, Level 1)


Friday, Jan. 25

International Cuisine: Greece

  • Lamb kalamaki with pita and petite salad
  • 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Atrium Dining Room (Elevator D, Level 7)


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