Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring semester of the current academic year is underway in January. The campus community will take advantage of being together on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day by recognizing the legacy of the civil rights leader in virtual lectures throughout the day.
“This is an opportunity we’ve not had with the traditional J-Term scheduling in place,” Sergio Pérez (’13), director of inclusion & advocacy, said. “We hope to take advantage of this unique year and hopefully set a new tradition moving forward where we can come together as a campus to honor and learn from Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.”
Students, faculty, and staff can take part in a series of discussions focused on Dr. King’s legacy in several areas, including faith, non-violent resistance, civil rights and sports, among other topics. Each lecture is presented virtually by Loras faculty members.
Traditionally, Loras College provides students a three-week course in January focused on a single subject. Known as January-Term, or J-Term, the courses offered are focused on experiential, hands-on learning, focusing on the College’s four disciplines.
As a result of the pandemic, the academic calendar was adjusted to begin the spring semester on January 11 and push the J-Term courses to May.