MLK Day of Service and Leadership

MLK Day of Service on January 15, 2024 from 11AM to 4PM. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members are welcome.

MLK Day of Service and Leadership is on January 15, 2024! 

Register as an Individual or as a Group!

Dr. King recognized the power of service. He famously said, "Everyone can be great because everybody can serve." GW’s MLK Day of Service and Leadership is a day to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through a day of service, workshops, and reflection.

This day of service is a unique opportunity for hundreds of GW students, faculty, staff, alumni, and DC community members to strengthen their service values, create positive and impactful contributions to our communities, and commit to continuing acts of service as exemplified by Dr. King. 

Schedule At-A-Glance

  • 10:00 am - 10:45am: Check In

  • 11:00 am – 12:00 pm: Opening Program & Keynote

  • 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm: Lunch & Travel to Site

  • 12:45 pm – 3:45 pm: Service

  • 3:45 pm – 4:00 pm: Reflection & Closing Out

Would you like to serve as a student leader for the MLK Day of Service and Leadership?

Apply to be a Site Leader!

Past projects include... 

Social justice and anti-racism workshops. 

Cleaning, painting, and organizing classrooms. 

Transcribing historical documents. 

Packing safe sex and harm reduction kits. 

Museum cleanup and outdoor beautification. 


Frequently Asked Questions about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
Will lunch be provided?

Yes, lunch will be provided. It will be a boxed lunch with meat, vegan, and gluten-free options.

What do I need to bring?

Please wear closed-toe shoes and long pants that can get dirty. Bring a reusable water bottle and any personal items needed for a full-day event (e.g. weather appropriate gear, personal medication).

Can I transport myself to the service project / can I leave early?

Transportation by bus will be provided for participants serving off-campus. We strongly encourage you to use the transportation provided for safety reasons and to stay the entire time to ensure the completion of the projects our community partners have asked us to complete.
If you need to transport yourself or leave early, we will ask that you sign a Self-Transportation Waiver. Please email [email protected] if you need one in advance or on the day of the event you can ask your service site leader for a physical copy.

How do I know what service project or workshop group I’m in?

You will receive email communications leading up to the event from your service site group leader and the MLK DoS team. These communications will have your service site assignment.
Additionally, when you check in on the morning of the event, you will get a personalized nametag with your group assignment details on it.

Who do I talk to about special accommodations?

Email [email protected] if you will need any accommodations to participate in this event.

2023 Recap

In 2023, the MLK Day of Service and Leadership event was held on Monday, January 16th. This day was “a day on, not a day off” for participants. An effort was placed on focusing on Dr. King’s values and the purpose of MLK Day. The day began at 11:00am in Lisner auditorium with an opening program on the values of Dr. King. . A total of 367 students including 15 leaders partcipated contributing a total of 1468 service hours!

Read more about the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2023 here



Contact us at [email protected].


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.