Loras Recognizing MLK Day with Full Slate of Events

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.

About Loras College
Founded in 1839, Loras College leverages its historic roots as Iowa’s first college, the second oldest Catholic college west of the Mississippi River and one of the nation’s 10 diocesan colleges to deliver challenging, life-changing experiences as part of its residential, Catholic setting. In 2020, Loras was ranked the 16th Best Regional College in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report and one of America’s Top 200 Most Loved Colleges/Universities by Forbes Magazine for the fourth consecutive year. Loras students ranked No. 2 in the world as part of the global Peeptrade Investment Challenge while a second group ranked No. 4. For the 12th consecutive year, Loras Media Studies student-led television station (LCTV) was named the TV Station of the Year by the Iowa College Media Association (ICMA).