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Thursday, February 10 - Friday, February 11, 2022

For the 18th year, Ivy Tech Kokomo is presenting “Doing the Dream” to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. At a free student convocation Feb. 10 and our annual community banquet Feb. 11, this year’s keynote speaker, Dr. Tricia Rose, will challenge her audiences to confront the difficult issues of race, privilege and the movement toward equality that Dr. King championed.

Dr. Rose, an internationally recognized educator, author and speaker, is a native New Yorker who comes to us from Brown University where she serves as Chancellor’s Professor of Africana Studies, associate dean of the faculty for special initiatives and director of the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America. She is the author of three highly regarded books and the recipient of numerous awards for her work.


February 10
Virtual Student Convocation

On Feb. 10, at a free student Zoom convocation from 1 to 1:45 p.m. EST, Dr. Rose will share her insights on how we can honor and advance Dr. King’s vision for a just and equitable world. The program is open to college students and high school juniors and seniors. Here’s a description of her presentation, which is titled “Storytelling for Justice:”

Storytelling is a deeply human activity. All societies tell stories and these stories take many forms. They shape their identities, reinforce values (good and bad), reinforce inequality, and provide hope. Martin Luther King Jr. was acutely aware of the power of stories to fuel real change. In our current society, storytelling is often experienced through popular culture and social media. In this informal talk, Prof. Rose will explore the role of popular culture in society today in telling our stories and consider how the stories about race, gender, and justice shape us and our communities.

Date/Time: Thursday, Feb. 11, from 1 p.m. EST

Location: Virtually via zoom

ContactFor more information, contact Allison Toren, or call 765-252-5518, or Dani McQuaide, or call 765-252-5493

February 11
Doing the Dream Community Banquet

On Feb. 11, the annual “Doing the Dream” community banquet will be held for the first time in Hingst Hall, the community room located in the new Health Professions Center on the Ivy Tech Kokomo Campus. Dr. Rose’s presentation at the community banquet is titled “Systemic Racism: What it is and why it matters,” a program aimed at giving the audience of community leaders “the tools we need to propel us – once and for all – toward a more just society.”

Date/Time: Friday, Feb. 11, from 6 to 9 p.m.

Location: Hingst Hall, Ivy Tech Kokomo, 1815 E. Morgan St., Kokomo. We will be observing COVID safety measures in place at the time, including masking when not eating or drinking.

Cost: Tickets are $50 each and are available through Feb. 1 unless sold out earlier. Proceeds from the event will go to Ivy Tech Kokomo's "Doing the Dream" diversity scholarship program. When registering, guests will have the opportunity to donate more to the scholarship fund.

Contact: For more information, contact Miriam Thomas at or 765-252-5500.

More details about Dr. Rose and her accomplishments are available on her webpage This 12-minute interview gives a real feel for the challenges she will offer her audience: Click here to view the interview

Ivy Tech is proud of the impact these "Doing the Dream" events have had on our communities over the past 17 years. This community banquet offers another opportunity to come together to hear a powerful message and honor Martin Luther King’s vision of peace, unity, and service.