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MLK Day of Service

The MLK Day of Service Planning Committee is coordinating a wide range of service projects to celebrate the first annual USciences MLK Day of Service.

Student organizations are encouraged to create their own activities for the day and submit them to AJ Young, graduate assistant for community service, at a.young@usciences.edu for tracking.

Questions about MLK Day? Please contact AJ Young, a.young@usciences.edu or 215.596.8734.

There will be plenty of ways to participate! Keep checking back for a full list of events.

Direct Service Opportunities

Note: Registration for services activities is now closed. If you were unable to register but would like to participate, there is still a need for volunteers for the Mt. Moriah Cemetery Clean-up and Tombstone transcription. Please check in at the STC atrium at 9:30am to participate in that event.

8:15am-2:00pm Overbrook HS spruce up with City Year
9:00am-12:00pm Health Fair at Mt. Zion Baptist Church (Samson students only, contact m.campol@usciences.edu for more information)
9:30am-12:00pm Clark Park Clean-up and mulching (co-sponsored with UC Green)
9:30am-1:00pm Woodlands Clean-up
10:00am-12:30pm Campus Clean-up with the Sustainability Commission (meet in front of Wilson Hall)
10:00am-2:00pm Mt Moriah Cemetery Clean-up and Tombstone transcription
10:00am-1:00pm Philadelphia Veterans’ Comfort House Clean-up
3:00-6:00pm Health Screening Event presented by the Student Society of Health-System Pharmacy (SSHP) at C.B. Moore Recreation Center
Time TBD 49th Street Recreation Center Clean-up

Donation Drives

Items can be dropped off in the Rec Gym at the ARC between 9am and 4pm on Monday, January 20th.

Donations will benefit People's Emergency Center, PAWS Animal Shelter, Philabundance, Philadelphia School District, Feel the Warmth, Dress for Success, Goodwill, Salvation Army, KIPP West Philadelphia Prep School, Prevention Point Philadelphia, and We Feed the Homeless Philadelphia.

Click here for a complete list of items being collected.

Workshops and Other On-Campus Educational Programs

Affordable Care Act workshop

Presented by Alicia Miller, Student Health and Counseling Center (SHAC). Open to the public.
Rosenberger 102
9:30am-10:30am, 11:00am-12:00pm, 1:30pm-2:30pm, 3:00pm-4:00pm

"Ask a Pharmacist" Brown Bag

With Philadelphia College of Pharmacy. Clinical staff (pharmacists) will review all of the medications and supplements you are currently taking to identify and/or avoid medication errors, drug interactions, potential duplication therapy or side effects. They can also screen if you are using outdated or discontinued medications. More importantly, the clinical staff will be available to answer your questions related to your medications and supplements. This is why it is important to bring all of your medications to the brown bag event.
Location: Rosenberger Hall 100
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Diversity Presentation

Presented by Pi Lambda Phi and Delta Phi Epsilon. community.
Location: STC 237
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm
Both organizations will have guest speakers and host a discussion on diversity and developing tolerance of others within our community.

Sustainability in the USciences' Native Wildflower Garden

With Dr. Alison Mostrom, presented by the Department of Biological Sciences. Open to the public.
Location: 43rd St. & Chester Ave.
Dr. Mostrom will discuss the advantages of planting native wildflowers and trees over non-native species and the interaction of birds and plants in the garden.  Time allowing, there will be time for some sustainability of the soul and body with poetry reading and simple yoga poses that one can do in field clothes.

MLK’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail”: An Historical Perspective

with Dr. Kevin Murphy presented by the Department of Humanities
Location: STC 137
Time: 12:00pm-1:00pm
Dr. Murphy will comment on the historical implications of Dr. King’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail” following a live reading of the document.

Growing up in Alabama in the 50's and 60's

Presented by Dr. Helen Giles-Gee
Location: STC 237
Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm
Within this session, President Giles-Gee will recall her experiences growing up in Bessemer, Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement and present lessons learned especially as they relate to educational opportunity. This session will be informal with interaction by participants welcomed.

"Feeding the Future: Science Education in West Philadelphia High Schools"

With Brian Koronkiewicz, presented by the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry
Location: STC 137
Based on his experiences as a tutor, Brian will be talking about the current science teaching situation in Philadelphia high schools and discuss ways for the campus community to get involved, including the ACS science coaches program.

Workshop on Drug Abuse

Presented by Generation Rx. Open to the public
Location: STC 337
Time: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Workshop on Smoking Cessation

Ppresented by Dr. Daniel A. Hussar. Open to the public.
Location: STC 301
Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

"Sustainable Service: Enduring Effects of the Civil Rights Struggle"

Presented by the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Location: STC 137
Dr. Jessica Sautter will show clips from a video about participants in the Civil Rights Struggle and their experiences today as older adults living with that legacy. Dr. Sautter will also discuss the state of older Americans more broadly in the US and Philadelphia today and how this is linked to the legacy of the Civil Rights struggle.

Philanthropy Fair

Sponsored by Greek Life
Location: STC Atrium
Greek Organizations will be on hand to discuss their Philanthropy partnerships with various local and national organizations. Stop by to hear about what our Greek community is doing in terms of community service and how you can get involved!

Open Forum on USciences Service to Local Schools

Hosted by Dr. Helen Giles-Gee
Location: STC 237
Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm
President Giles-Gee will facilitate a discussion to identify the services that can be provided to local schools to support their students’ academic achievement. In particular, students, faculty and staff are asked to come to suggest realistic activities (tutoring, assistance with reading) that they are willing to contribute to USciences’ efforts.

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MLK Day Schedule

7:45am-4pm: Check-in and Information Table in STC Atrium

8:15am-4pm: Direct Service Activities (off campus locations)

9-9:30am: Opening Ceremony in STC Atrium

9am-4pm: Donation Drives (Rec Gym in the ARC)

9:30am-4pm: On-campus educational opportunities (STC)

4-5pm: Closing Ceremony and Reflection (STC 145)


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