MLK Day of Service and Leadership

MLK DoS 2016


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 of Diversity & Inclusion.
Last year, over 600 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. Through partnerships with Points of Light,Serve DC, and the Corporation for National and Community Service we were able to have GW students serve alongside community members from the White House mentoring program, Capital Partners for Education, UPS Foundation, GE, Bank of America and more. Three students got to experience a #onlyatGW moment when they served alongside the First Family in a project coordinated by our Jumpstart at GW program!


Thank you for your interest in serving on MLK Day of Service & Leadership! Unfortunately we are currently at capacity and can no longer accommodate individual or group participants.
If you are interested in being added to our waitlist please email us at


We are excited to include as part of our programming workshops to engage our community in citizen leadership development in addition to direct service projects.
We invite members of the GW community (students, faculty, staff, and alumni), members of DC community-based organizations, and members of the DC faith-based community to submit proposals for 90 minute workshops in the following tracks.
Please 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.
For more information about workshops and to submit your proposal please click here.  Proposals are due by Friday, December 25, 2015. 


If you have any questions please contact Faith Fugar and Jonah Lewis, MLK Day of Service Student Coordinators, at or202-994-9900.

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.