Our Beloved Community 2020, our first virtual venture in the program’s 9-year history, was a resounding success! We connected with students from Pennsylvania to California, from Ukraine to Beijing, from Texas to Massachusetts through 15 in-depth and discussion-based sessions, including:

  • Keynote: From Food Scarcity to Food Sovereignty with LaFarm’s Lisa Miskelly
  • The Us of Social Media in Protests with Professor Caroline Lee
  • Choir: The Social Justice of Song with Professor Jennifer Kelly

View the schedule for the November 7,2020  Our Beloved Community Program

We look forward to hosting our 10th Annual Our Beloved Community Social Justice Symposium in fall 2021. In the meantime, if you have questions about diversity recruitment or social justice issues at Lafayette College, contact Cristina Usino at usinoc@lafayette.edu.



Our Beloved Community’s Origins

Fondly referred to as OBC on the Lafayette campus, Our Beloved Community is named for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s global vision in which all people can share in the wealth of the earth. For Dr. King, The Beloved Community was not a lofty utopian goal, instead it is a realistic, achievable goal that can be attained by a critical mass of people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence. Lafayette College’s Our Beloved Community (OBC) symposium is a call to action to become that critical mass. OBC is an offering from our renowned faculty, staff and student leaders to take critical steps to enact global social change. Join our movement.