SCIE is excited to offer various service experiences in Dallas for the SMU community to participate in during "Dream Week" in January in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. We hope that by participating in service students will understand three important themes that Dr. King emphasized during his life.
Dr. King recognized the power of service to strengthen communities and achieve common goals. Through his words and examples, Dr. King challenged individuals to take action and uplift their neighbors and communities.
Dr. King believed each individual possessed the power to uplift him or herself no matter what the circumstance. Whether teaching literacy skills or helping an individual build skills needed to acquire a job, acts of service can help others improve their own lives.
In his fight for civil rights, Dr. King inspired Americans to think beyond themselves, look past differences and work toward equality. Serving side by side, community service bridges barriers between people and teaches us that in the end, we are more alike than we are different. These ideas of unity and purpose—and the great things that can happen when we work together toward a common goal—are just some of the many reasons we honor Dr. King through service on this special holiday.
We work with a wide range of Dallas organizations during days of service, and past projects have included organizing food and clothes pantries, cleaning outdoor recreation areas, painting and restoring shelters, building accessibility ramps for homes, and helping teachers organize their classrooms.
In 2018, over 400 SMU students participated during SMU's Dream Week service event. We are so excited to see what 2019 will bring!
For more information about service opportunities during Dream Week, please contact Darci Lambeth, Graduate Assistant in SCIE or Community Engagement Coordinator, Brittany Barker.