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.
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. Our off-campus partnerships included A Wider Circle, DC Bilingual Public Charter School, Douglas Memorial Church, Hart Middle School, Kingsman Academy Public Charter School, Mazique Parent Child Center, and Little Friends for Peace. Our on-campus partnerships included Jumpstart at GW, Operation Gratitude, Whitman Walker Health, Caitlin’s Smiles and Free Minds Project. The day also featured six on-campus workshops where participants engaged in dialogue around issues and advocacy, reflections on Dr. King, interfaith dialogue, and leadership and civic development. In collaboration with the Corporation for National and Community Service, Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates served with GW volunteers at our Hart Middle School Location.  Check out the GW Today story!


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 December 14th. Please note that groups are limited to 40 members.
Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members can register at


We are currently recruiting leaders for this incredible program. Leaders at off-campus locations will have responsibilities including ensuring participants have the materials they need to complete the project, communicating with the host organization the day of, as well as facilitating reflection at the end of the day. On-campus leaders will be responsible for leading the on-campus projects, ensuring the smooth progression from workshops to service projects, and similarly facilitating reflection.
All leaders will need to attend training on Saturday, January 13th at 4:00PM. Student leader applications are open until Friday, November 18th.
We encourage all of you to apply here!



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.
Workshops should 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.
Workshop proposals will be open from Monday, November 14th through Monday, December 12th. Check back for the link to propose a workshop shortly!


If you have any questions please contact Melissa Lawrence or Marley Dubrow, MLK Day of Service and Leadership Program Assistants, 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.