High school students, parents, civic leaders, business executives and area residents are invited to join Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus students, faculty and staff Monday, Jan. 21, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. as the campus honors the life and lasting legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in an event titled "Equity and Economic Opportunity in South Central Indiana."

The free event will be held in the Columbus Learning Center lecture hall, 4555 Central Ave., and includes a light lunch.

Carolyn Butler-Lee, Cummins Corporate Human Resources executive director, will be the keynote speaker. “We are excited to have Carolyn speak at this year’s event,” said Dr. Lori Montalbano, IUPUC associate dean for academic and student affairs. “With her experience as a leader at Cummins, she provides deep insight into how a diverse population contributes to the economic and cultural growth of our community and our region.”

Butler-Lee joined Cummins in 1995 to gain international experience and the opportunity to explore diverse career opportunities. She has held leadership roles in functions across multiple Cummins businesses, including director of global logistics strategy in Cummins Filtration, Six Sigma Black Belt, and compensation and benefits strategy director for Cummins Business Services. Butler-Lee holds a B.A. in accounting from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and an MBA from the University of Tennessee.

In addition to the keynote address, IUPUC will present its annual Excellence in Diversity Awards. Created in 2010 by the IUPUC Diversity Council, the awards recognize internal and external individuals, organizations, groups, units, projects or institutions that meet the defined criteria.

“As a nation built on diversity, it’s important that we take time to celebrate the contributions Dr. King made in the struggle for civil and human rights,” said Dr. Reinhold Hill, vice chancellor and dean at IUPUC. “We invite the community to join us in honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and recognizing the individuals and groups who have actively contributed toward a positive difference in diversity and inclusion.”