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Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

"I am a citizen of the world" tshirt

For 25 years, Salem State University has celebrated the life and work of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through a one-week celebration. Our schedule of events will begin with the observance of MLK Day includes a vigil and freedom march, special lectures and programs, involvement of city of Salem elementary school children, a day of service, and the annual convocation program. The convocation program has featured national social justice leaders and is open to the public.

For further information about about this important celebration, please contact or call 978.542.2404.

Leader’s Rising Retreat

Designed for leaders of cultural/affinity-based student organizations, Leader’s Rising teaches skills to overcome unique challenges faced by members of underrepresented groups. This social justice education program is an opportunity for students to gain tools to enhance their impact and activism.

SafeZone Program

This program is designed to create awareness and enhance skills related to understanding gender identity and sexuality. SafeZone Training and Trans101 Training provide skills for addressing bias, reducing homophobia and heterosexism, and advocate the concerns of LGBTQ individuals.

National Coming Out Week (NCOW)

In the LGBTQ+ community, ‘Coming Out’ can be a challenging process as it asks people to openly claim their identity of being LGBTQ+. We provide a week of events that allow students to share and celebrate being out that are supported by Diversity and Multicultural Affairs as well as The Alliance.

ALANA Graduation Ceremony

The Annual ALANA graduation ceremony celebrates the academic achievements of students of color alongside their family, friends, faculty, advisors, and support networks. All participants receive a traditional Kente stole during the ceremony, which is to be worn during commencement. 

Fellows Programs and Student Opportunities

Diversity and multicultural affairs hosts various faculty partners to collaborate on research, retention, and student engagement programs.

Workshops and Trainings

We offer various training workshops designed to encourage skill-building related to understanding diversity, multiculturalism, professional skills, and community building. Please visit to view current training options. 

Safe Zone Training 

The purpose of SafeZone is to create a safe, inclusive and welcoming campus community related to gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression. The goal is to teach participants skills and awareness tools to reduce prejudice and discrimination. Participants in the program display a SafeZone symbol (ex. on an office door or backpack) to show support and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, queer and transgender (LGBTQ) communities. SafeZone trainings can be tailored for an office staff, a student group or open participation. 

To request a safe zone training, please email

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