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2021 MLK Calendar of Events


MLK Dream Keepers’ Youth Engagement Program

9:30 a.m.

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UA Intercollegiate Athletes Video


25th Annual Recommitment Event

Monday, January 18, 2021

7:00 pm
Hosted virtually by
the University of Arkansas

Keynote Speaker 

Mr. Kevin Dedner
Founder and CEO of Hurdle 

Kevin Dedner serves as Founder and CEO of Hurdle (formerly Henry Health) Hurdle is mental healthcare for invisible barriers. As the leading culturally intentional mental health provider, Hurdle provides a comprehensive suite of mental health services and self-mastery tools to employers and payers to meet the needs of their employees and members. Hurdle’s therapists are trained in an evidence-based technique that improves cultural humility and responsiveness.


An award-winning public speaker, Kevin brings over 15 years of experience in public health, having worked on various issues, including childhood obesity, HIV/AIDS, and tobacco control. He has led strategic planning processes and facilitated convenings on behalf of several clients, including the nation’s largest public health foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. A recovering politico, Kevin has worked on political campaigns and successfully led health policy wins. However, these days, Kevin is focused on transforming the mental health experience for diverse populations.


Kevin is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a degree in Political Science. While at the University of Arkansas, Kevin served as president of the Black Students Association and held several other leadership posts. He was instrumental in planning events for the Martin Luther King, Jr Celebration and championed many different programs to promote equity and inclusion.


Kevin also holds a Master’s of Public Health from Benedictine University. He is a frequent speaker at health and health technology conferences. He resides in Washington, DC, and is the proud father of Davis, Ella Marie, and Anna Rose.



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