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MLK Day at Lawrence University

What does MLK Jr Day mean at Lawrence?

MLK, Jr. Day of Service at Lawrence University is an annual event that invites the entire Lawrence community to continue honoring the ideas of Dr. King and the civil rights movements that continue to this day.  Students, staff and faculty will honor the continuance of the efforts of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr through learning, serving, and celebrating.

As a part of the Lawrence community, many staff and faculty interact with students in one specific way. Participating in this day will give staff and faculty an opportunity to interact with students in new capacities and get to know them in a setting outside of the classroom or workplace. Volunteering on MLK Jr. Day provides an opportunity for you to:

  • Give something back to an organization that has improved our community
  • Make a difference to the lives of others (including our students!)
  • Address disparities of access to basic human rights
  • Step away from work to think about your own commitment to civic engagement


Six teach-ins throughout campus will address anti-racism 101, advancing racial equity in programming, creativity at the heart of inclusive community, black + trans: intersectional violence, anti-racist strategies and solutions, and stigma and disparity within mental health treatment.

Five service projects will bring you off campus to support elder advocacy, access to education, sustainability/hunger, animal welfare, and job training/employment. Each service project is a student-led initiative that benefits the community and helps Lawrentians solidify the value of learning as you serve. Select from a number of options, any of which will benefit a variety of agencies in the Appleton area.

Learn more and register at go.lawrence.edu/MLK2020.

Dr. King sacrificed everything to strive for equity. Who will do the work on this national day of service? All are welcome. Special thanks to the LUCC Committee on Diversity Affairs (CODA) and the LUCC Committee on Community Service and Engagement (CCSE) for their planning and financial support of this program.