MLK Week 2013
Living King's Legacy: Making a Career of Humanity
MLK Reflection Lunch
January 21, 2013
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Barbara Farmer
Dr. Barbara W. Farmer is currently the Director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs and Senior Lecturer in the College of Information Sciences and Technology (IST). She is the former principal of Houserville/Lemont Elementary Schools from which she retired in June, 2008. Her appointment as principal made her the first, and only, African American principal hired in the State College Area School District, where she served for 11 years. She is also an adjunct assistant professor at Penn State University in the College of Education. She is a former administrator and teacher in the Wake County Public Schools of Raleigh, North Carolina and teacher at Kecoughtan High School in Hampton, Virginia. She is the former host of “What Matters” (a live simulcast call-in television/radio show about diversity issues) and an “Issues Program” on WPSU Inside/Out series.
Dr. Farmer and her husband recently served as Visiting Scholars at Wufeng University in Chiayi, Taiwan from February to May of 2011. While there, they made 21 presentations/lectures at 5 universities in various cities in Taiwan and Korea. Prior to their departure, they created a scholarship for female students in need of financial assistance to complete their college career.
She and her husband have also started the Wilson-Farmer scholarship, in honor of their parents John & Rebecca Wilson and Bruce and Rosetta Farmer, at Hampton University, Hampton, Virgina. Both Drs. Farmers are graduates of Hampton University.
Additionally, they have funded a scholarship at Penn State University.
Events Sponsored by the Office of Institutional Equity, Diversity, and International Student Services, MLK Planning Committee, Campus Ministry, Black Student Union, Caribbean Student Association, and Student Activity Fee.