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SMU celebrates the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Jan. 18-21

Volunteer opportunities available on Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2016

January 11, 2016

By Emily Hooper
SMU News

DALLAS (SMU) – SMU students, faculty and staff will join others across the country in a national day of service on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18, 2016. 

Dr. King at SMU in 1966

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. speaks at SMU in 1966

SMU’s day of service is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and the Community Engagement and Leadership Center. Students, faculty and staff will have the opportunity to serve at a variety of local nonprofit centers, such as prepping and stocking classrooms for the spring semester at the Vickery Meadows Learning Center, playing bingo with senior residents at C.C. Young, and painting hallways at the Autism Treatment Center.  Volunteers also are needed to build ramps at homes of those with physical disabilities through the Dallas Ramp Project, to facilitate art workshops at the Nexus Recovery Center, and to organize and restock a grocery story with Brother Bill’s Helping Hand.

Breakfast, lunch and transportation will be provided for SMU volunteeers. 

“Service is not only an opportunity for students to invest in the community they are a part of,” says Creston Lynch, director of SMU multicultural student affairs. “It is also an opportunity to continue the learning and development of important lessons and values that will serve them well as they become global citizens and world changers.”

For more information about volunteering, email multicultural@smu.edu, or call 214-768-4580. 

Week's Schedule of Activities

Jan. 18

Dallas Parade/March
10 a.m.
SMU Participates in the Dallas 
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade
Starting at the intersection of Holmes St. and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Parade participation instructions
Dallas MLK Parade Route
*Students are encouraged to participate.
For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at multicultural@smu.edu 

Day of Service 

Co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs and Community Engagement and Leadership

Students will have opportunities to serve at Brother Bill's Helping Hand, SPARK!, Dallas Ramp Project, Goodwill, Equest Therapeutic Horsemanship and Foundation for C.H.O.I.C.E.

For more information, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs at multicultural@smu.edu 

Jan. 19

Real Talk: Conversations around diversity

12:30 p.m.
Topic: To be Announced
Hughes-Trigg Student Center Ballroom West
Jan. 20
Commemorative Unity Walk

Noon (12 p.m.)
*Meet in the Hughes-Trigg Commons*

Gather with SMU President R. Gerald Turner and student leaders to participate in SMU's annual Unity Walk. This time together is a great demonstration of our commitment as a university to the work of Dr. King.

An Evening with Alicia Garza
Co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter

5:30 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Ballroom Central-West

Jan. 21

Film Screening: Brother Outsider: The Life of Bayard Rustin

1:30-3:30 p.m.
Hughes-Trigg Forum
Sponsored by the Women & LGBT Center

Read more about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dream Week at SMU.