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 participate.


Schedule - Monday, January 15th, 2018

  • 10:00am-11am: Check-in - Marvin Center Grant Ballroom (800 21st Street NW)

  • 11:00am: Opening Program & Keynote Speaker - Lisner Auditorium (730 21st St NW)

  • 11:45am: Dismissals and Lunch (On-Campus: Marvin Center Continental Ballroom; Off-Campus: Kogan Plaza)

  • 12:30pm-3:00pm: Off-Campus Service

  • 12:30pm-1:45pm: On-Campus Block-One (Workshop OR Mobile Project)

  • 1:45pm-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:

  • 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. Check out a list of this year's off-campus service projects below:

  • A Wider Circle: Volunteers will load vehicles, organize shelves in the showroom, and organize the storage basement.
  • Asylum Seekers Assistance Project: Volunteers will be repaint job skills training classrooms and build new office furniture.
  • Drew Elementary School: Volunteers will repaint the stairwell, paint quotes in staircases, and organize library books.
  • Little Friends for Peace: Volunteers will organize their art classroom and host a community event involving music, art, and food celebrating Dr. King’s legacy.
  • Malcolm X Elementary School: Volunteers will paint a mural on the exterior of the building by the playground.
  • Turner Elementary School: Volunteers will be painting a "calming room" for students to use in times of stress and will decorate floor pillows for the space.
  • U.S. Vets: Volunteers will organize four storage rooms and create an inventory of supplies
  • West Education Campus: Volunteers will be making reusable banners to be displayed all over the school and will be building set design for their school musical, Annie.
  • Whittier Education Campus: Volunteers will create signs in various languages to be placed all around campus, organize the school library, and clean classrooms.


If you have any questions please contact us at [email protected] 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.