The Martin Luther King Center, in collaboration with the Office for Institutional Diversity and the Office for Student Success, hosted the 2023 Men of Color Symposium.
More than 100 men and women, ranging from UK students, faculty, staff and participants from other universities, gathered to embrace, acknowledge and support the holistic needs of men of color under this year’s theme of “Be Your Own Brand: Build It, Be It, Believe It.”
“It felt amazing to see so many men and women participate in the conference,” said Ja’Mahl McDaniel, MLK Center director. “With this being our second in-person conference after a completely virtual experience the past two years, it was great to see people engaged. It reminded us all of the importance to create space for both community building in addition to the opportunities for personal and professional development.”
Created in 2020, this event lives out the ideals of Lyman T. Johnson, the first African American enrolled at UK, who fought for diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly for those whose voices were either silenced or ignored.