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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 second annual USciences MLK Day of Service on Monday, Jan. 19, 2015. This year's theme, "Building Community through Service" encourages the University community to unite for a day of service dedicated solely to community service, workshops, and donation drives.

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 or suggestions 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, and be sure to follow #USciencesMLKDay on social media.

Schedule for the Day

8–8:30 am: Check-in and light refreshments for all service participants, STC Atrium

9 am–noon: Direct Service Activities, various locations in Philadelphia

8 am–4p m: Donation Drive, ARC’s recreational gym

12:30–1:30 pm: MLK Day Lunch Program
Brief remarks by Rev. Cedric Jones, pastor at Mt. Zion Baptist Church and USciences Trustee; with an introduction by USciences Interim President Marvin Samson, Wilson Dining Hall

2–3:30 pm: On-campus Workshops, McNeil Science and Technology Center

Off-Campus Direct Service Opportunities

All activities will run from 9 am to noon unless otherwise noted. All participants will need to check in at the STC Atrium between 88:30 am to pick up their tokens (if needed) and to allow time for transit. Sites ending at noon can expect to return to campus at approximately 12:30 pm.

An * indicates that lunch is provided on-site for participants. Participants at all other sites will receive a ticket for the MLK Day Lunch Program in Wilson Dining Hall.

Indoor Clean-Ups

Activities may include painting, scrubbing, mopping, dusting, sanitizing, light lifting, and other cleaning chores.


    • B.B. Comegys School
    • Fitler Academics Plus School* (9 am1 pm)
    • S. Weir Mitchell School (9 am1 pm)
    • McCreesh Playground
    • Philadanco Dance Company* (9 am1 pm), may also include some outdoor paining, weather permitting
Outdoor Clean-Ups

Activities may include painting, weeding, brush clearing, trash pick-up, light maintenance tasks.


    • Bartram’s Garden*
    • McCreesh Playground
    • The Woodlands Cemetery (Samson students interested in volunteering at The Woodlands should sign up through Marc Campolo, m.campol@usciences.edu)
Other Service Activities
    • Books on Tape: Record books on tape for the blind.
    • Heroes and Princesses (911 am): Make capes and tutus for children living in homeless shelters.
    • Sock Stuffing: Assemble personal care kits for senior citizens.
    • Books through Bars (9 am12:30 pm): Sort through and package books being sent to people in prison.
    • USciences Warehouse Clean Out (on-campus location): Work with Facilities staff to sort through warehouse items which will be donated to charity, may include some moderate to heavy lifting.
    • Mt. Zion Health Fair: help present a health fair at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church. All interested students should contact Marc Campolo (m.campol@usciences.edu) for more information and to sign up for this event.

Donation Drives

APhA–Operation Heart
Items needed: Hats, gloves, scarves, socks, and flip flops, Travel size personal care items, including deodorant, tooth paste, tooth brushes, hand sanitizer, tissue pocket packs, and hand wipes

Donations are now being accepted at drop off boxes located in Griffith Hall. They will be distributed through We Feed the Homeless Philly

Multiple donation drives:

8am4pm in the USciences Athletic/Recreation Center

    • Feel the Warmth: Children's coats, gloves, mittens, hats and scarves
    • We Feed the Homeless Philly: Canned goods and non-perishable food items
    • PAWS Animal Shelter: Clay cat litter (non-clumping), canned dog, cat and kitten food (no dry food, please)
    • Philadelphia School District: School supplies of all types (pencils, notebooks, folders, paper, pens, markers, crayons, etc.)

On-Campus Workshops

A Dream Deferred
STC 137

This session to examine the legacy of Martin Luther King is co-hosted by Drs. Jessica Sautter and Kevin Murphy. Dr. Murphy will introduce the historical context of Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963. He will offer some observations about how the ideals of liberty and freedom have been expressed in speeches by previous Americans, how the African-American community has interpreted those ideals, and the shift in the character of the Civil Rights Movement that was occurring in the early 1960s. Halfway through the session, we will pause for 17 minutes to watch the speech.  Then Dr. Sautter will offer her perspective on developments after 1963, including the long-term impact of social inequality on the lives of Americans and intersecting elements of race, class, gender, and sexuality in U.S. society.  We will conclude the session with a discussion of current events and a tough question – more than 50 years later, has Dr. King’s dream been deferred?

Mass Incarceration as a Healthcare Issue
STC 237

Join us for a panel discussion on the state of healthcare for incarcerated persons and why healthcare professionals should care about rising rates of incarceration in the United States. There will be ample time for questions from the audience. Confirmed panelists include Dr. Steve Metraux, Mayes College of Healthcare Business and Policy and Hannah Zellman, Director, Institute for Community Justice at Philadelphia FIGHT; with Danyell Williams, PhD student in Health Policy moderating.

Student Panel on Service Learning
STC 337

This panel will feature USciences students sharing their experiences with community service and service learning. We’ll also discuss how you can get more involved with community service, service learning, and civic engagement opportunities during your time at USciences.


Participation in the University sponsored MLK Day of Service is voluntary, and participants assume any and all associated risks.

Register online


Questions about anything related to MLK Day can be directed to AJ Young, graduate assistant for community service, at a.young@usciences.edu or (215) 596-8734.


Funding for this year’s USciences MLK Day of Service has been generously donated by Sodexo, Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation, and the Division of Student Affairs at USciences.

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