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Why Serve on MLK Day?

Dr. King recognized the power of service. Observing the Martin Luther King, Jr. federal holiday through service is a way to begin each year with a commitment to making your community a better place. Your service honors Dr. King's life and teachings and helps meet community challenges. Service also brings people together of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. The MLK Day of Service encourages all types of service, particularly projects that have a lasting impact and connect participants to ongoing service. 

MLK Day of Service Zoom: 

Integrating Allyship as a Catalyst for Change

To embody this challenge, the VISTA Collaborative at the WVU Center for Service and Learning has encouraging all students, faculty, staff, and community members to ‘make it a day on’ and engage in the MLK Day of Service virtual experience, where we will discuss "Integrating Allyship as a Catalyst for Change”.  Amid the social unrest that has gripped the world in recent months of 2020-2021 The MLK Day of service changed in appearance but not in its impact.  

                       watch our virtual program

Panelist include:

  • Corey Farris - Dean of Students 
  • Danielle Walker - WV House of Delegates
  • Dr. Jason Ottley - Race Scholar
  • Lakiah Bankston - Psychotherapist
  • Dave Roberts – Extension Agent (Family Community Development)
  • Special Guest -  J. Spenser Darden - Director of Diversity Initiative & Community Engagement 

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This program is also an extension of WVU’s ongoing commitment to learning and taking courageous actions to create a more equitable and appreciative experience in our various workplaces, college campuses, classrooms, and communities. Our goal is to continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King by supporting our various communities in the discomfort of conversation pertaining to change and our individual role in the change process. 


How Can I Continue to Serve After MLK Day?

Start by connecting your MLK Day activities to the service you want to do during the year. That may mean that you attend a volunteer training on King Day to prepare to serve as a regular volunteer. Or it may mean that you volunteer with a new organization you want to learn more about. Where and how you serve is up to you – the important thing is to get involved.  Please use volunteer needs and iServe to access all your Volunteer needs



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