Join Us to Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Join us to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 15, 2018
3:30 PM–5:00 PM Keynote Address
The Champlain Room, Center for Communication & Creative Media
Free and open to the public

Please join members of the Champlain College community to honor and celebrate the legacy and contributions of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dr. T. Leon Williams and Maria Dykema Erb, M.Ed., authors of The View from the Mountaintop: What Would Dr. King Have to Say Today?, will share one of the book's monologues and lead a discussion about the importance of building connection across identity and difference, especially given the state of our society today.

Sponsored by the Champlain College President's Office.

Additional support provided by: Campus Planning and Auxiliary Services, Campus Public Safety, Career Collaborative, Champlain College Library, College Diversity Council, Community Standards, Core Division, Division of Communication and Creative Media, Division of Continuing Professional Studies, Division of Education & Human Studies, Division of Information Technology and Sciences, Division of Student Life, Enrollment Management, Finance, Institutional Advancement, Let Us Teach Committee, Marketing, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of International Education, People Center, Provost's Office, Residential Life, Risk Management, Robert P. Stiller School of Business, See Say Do, Sodexo Champlain College Dining Services, Strategic Communication & External Affairs, Student Accounts, Student Engagement and Activities, Student Health and Wellness, Web Services, Women's and Gender Center.

The View from the Mountain Top book cover

Book signing immediately
following keynote event.

Book will cost $14.99,
after a $5.00 discount.
Cards and cash accepted.
Pre-sales available:

About Dr. T. Leon Williams

Youngstown, Ohio was once described as "the most crooked city in America" in a publication of The New Republic. Amid this infamous hotbed of drug trafficking, Youngstown native T. Leon Williams realized his passion for education, service and advocating for marginalized individuals and groups.

Today, Dr. Williams holds the following degrees:

  • Doctorate of Ministry from Virginia University of Lynchburg
  • Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Ohio Northern University 

In his current position as the Youth/Young Adult Pastor, First Missionary Baptist Church in Concord, North Carolina, Dr. Williams continues a career path built on service and education. He has held numerous roles in higher education, including Director of the Multicultural Center at Elon University and Director of the Intercultural Program at Buena Vista University. Dr. Williams is also current Chief Executive Officer of T.L. Williams & Associates, a consulting firm that he founded in 2008 to provide Diversity Intelligence to managers, executives, and proprietors.

Dr. Williams has earned various awards and certificates for his professional contributions to his local community. He is an active and passionate volunteer, offering his time to Habitat for Humanity and local after-school programs. As he says himself, "I value the lives of others. My first commitment is to individual growth. My second is community development, which is paramount to my third commitment: social change."

Dr. T. Leon Williams has traveled much of the United States to reach thousands of students, faculty, and staff. His workshops, seminars and diversity training programs are designed to challenge assumptions, biases and misconceptions about identity and difference. Dr. Williams has been the featured speaker at some of the most renowned conferences in America, including NASPA, NCORE, National Multicultural Conference and more.

Taking a creative approach to the fortification of diverse perspectives, Dr. Williams has written a number of short stories and plays. He is most proud of his 2007 musical, Follow The Yellow Brick Road; his other plays include It's My Room, Cotton for Two, Nana, Pennies from Heaven and The Talented Tenth.

About Maria Dykema Erb, M.Ed.

Maria Dykema Erb is a higher education and student affairs professional with a wide range of experience in an academic dean's office, admissions and enrollment management, program administration and the holistic development of students with diverse backgrounds.

As a proud first-generation college graduate, Ms. Erb holds a Bachelor of Science in Hotel Administration from the University of New Hampshire and a Master of Education in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Higher Education, Leadership and Counseling from the University of Vermont.

Throughout a long career at the University of Vermont, Maria held several roles at the institution, including in the Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Women's Agricultural Network, The Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources and the ALANA Student Center. After 20 years at UVM, Maria moved with her family to North Carolina to take a position as the Associate Director of College Access and Success in the Multicultural Center at Elon University.

Following Elon, Maria served as the Senior Program Coordinator for the Master of Science in Nursing Program at Duke University. She currently works at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as the Co-Director for Diversity and Student Success in The Graduate School.

Maria's passion is serving as a meaning-making mentor. She enjoys encouraging those around her to reach their fullest potential, whether they are students, young professionals, colleagues, friends or family. Areas of research and professional interest include social justice, access to higher education and exploring religion and spirituality as a way to make meaning in one's life.

View the full program schedule for the 2018 MLK Celebration and Let Us Teach day.