MLK Day of Service and Leadership

MLK DoS 2017



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.



Monday, January 16th, 2017:

We are excited for another MLK Day of Service and Leadership! The schedule for the day can be found below. Please note pre-registration was required and we can no longer accommodate individual or group registration.

  • 10am-11am: Check-in - Marvin Center Continental Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)
  • 11am: Opening Program & Keynote Speaker - Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW)
  • 11:45am: Dismissal
  • 12:00pm: Lunch (On-Campus: Marvin Center Grand Ballroom; Off-Campus: Kogan Plaza)
  • 12:30pm-3:45pm: Off-Campus Service
  • 12:30-2pm: On-Campus Block-One (Workshop OR Mobile Project)
  • 2:15-3:45pm: On-Campus Block-Two (Workshop OR Mobile Project)
  • 3:45-4pm: Service Ends

At check-in you will receive your volunteer t-shirt and nametag. Your nametag will have your final assignments for the day should anything change between now and then.


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:


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.

  • 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.