MLK Day of Service and Leadership

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As part of the GW celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members are invited to participate in a day of service, leadership development, and interfaith dialogue.  MLK Day of Service and Leadership is sponsored by the Honey W. Nashman Center for Civic Engagement & Public Service, with support from the Multicultural Services Center and the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement. Last year, over 500 students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members gathered for the opening program with keynote speakers and headed to service sites both on- and off-campus as well as leadership workshops.



Registration for MLK Day of Service and Leadership will be open until we reach capacity. Individuals and groups may register to participate in the day of service and leadership workshops. If you are registering as a group please note that final lists of all participant names are due by Friday December 8th. Please note that groups are limited to 40 members.

Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can register at


Schedule - Monday, January 15th, 2018

  • 10:30am-11am: Check-in - Marvin Center Continental Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)
  • 11:00am: Opening Program & Keynote Speaker - Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW)
  • 11:30am: Dismissals and Lunch (On-Campus: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom; Off-Campus: Kogan Plaza)
  • 12:00pm-3:00pm: Off-Campus Service
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm: On-Campus Block-One (Workshop OR Mobile Project)
  • 1:30pm-3:00pm: On-Campus Block-Two (Workshop OR Mobile Project)
  • 3:00pm: Service Ends


On-Campus: Workshops & Mobile Project Information


All workshops will maintain a distinct focus on the values of Dr. King. These values include, but are not limited to, social justice, advocacy, community engagement and empowerment, non-violence, diversity, and cross-cultural communication:

  • Interfaith Dialogue: For many spirituality and faith are cornerstone in their commitment to service and justice. Workshops in this track will explore how to deepen, honor, and leverage spiritual and faith-based roots and how to involve individuals from various faith and non-faith backgrounds to tackle community challenges together.
  • Issues & Advocacy: Countering racism, classism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice. This track will feature workshops on active forms of civic work including but not limited to creative community building, online organizing and techniques, working with elected representatives, building coalitions, creative public relations, and communications.
  • Leadership & Civic Development: This track will feature workshops focused on individual skills and benefits. “How to” topics for enhancing personal leadership development and civic competencies.
  • Reflections on King: This track will address how Dr. Martin Luther King’s legacy influences the work we engage in today or how we, as a community, can continue to strive to achieve the goals he laid out in his lifetime.

Mobile Service Projects:

Mobile Service Projects for 2018 are currently being determined. Check out a list of last year's projects below:


Off-Campus Service Project Information

In partnership with schools and community-based non-profit organizations, we will host beautification and other volunteer projects that address an identified community need within the DC-area. 2018 off-campus service projects are currently being determined. Check out a list of last year's off-campus service projects below:

  • Little Friends for Peace: Volunteers will host a community event involving music, art, and food celebrating Dr. King’s legacy.
  • Mazique Child Care Center: Volunteers will work on beautification, cleaning, and organizing at three of the child care’s facilities.
  • Turner Elementary School: Volunteers will continue a Freshman Day of Service 2016 project of creating math stencils on the stairwells and as well as cleaning and organizing.
  • West Education Campus: Volunteers will provide information about the school with the local community through canvassing as well as cleaning, organizing, and beautification.
  • The Store at GW: Volunteers will update the inventory, re-stock shelves, and clean.
  • Noyes Elementary School: Volunteers will organize and process inventory in the library, update murals, and clean and organize classrooms and closets.


If you have any questions please contact us at or 202-994-9900.


A Year of Service

Shown to over 30,000 people at Commencement, this short video thanks Michelle Obama for issuing her challenge and shows how GW students volunteered 163,980 hours.