MLK Days of Service and Action

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Martin Luther King Jr. Days 2024

January 31st, February 1st, & February 3rd

About MLK Days

“Everyone can be great because everybody can serve,” spoke Martin Luther King, Jr. in a call to service. The UCCS community can answer that call during the UCCS MLK Days of Service and Action, a three-day series of events to be held on January 31st, February 1st, & 3rd.

The Division of DEI presents the Third Annual UCCS MLK Days of Service and Action. Inspired by the federal holiday in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. these days are a way for UCCS to invest in the health and harmony of its community. Participants can volunteer for service projects that connect to the broader Colorado Springs community and participate in educational workshops focused on activism, advocacy and King’s teachings.

The division of DEI presents MLK Days of Service & Action. January 31 2024 - February 3, 2023.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday January 31st
5:00pm-7:00pm
MLK Student Kick Off  

Kick Off the start of MLK Days of Service & Action with MOSAIC & The Black Student Union through performances, trivia, food, and fun.

Thursday February 1st
8:30am-10:00am
Opening Keynote 

Start off a day of learning and engagement with UCCS and the greater Colorado Springs community. A welcome address made by Mayor Yemi Mobolade will be followed by a keynote speech from Ashley Cornelius, a recipient of the Mayor’s Young Leader Award, and Poet Laureate. 

Thursday February 1st
11:00am-12:00pm MLK
Story Hour with the UCCS Family Development Center
  

Join the Office of DEI Education & Outreach for our monthly Heritage Month Story Hour series focused on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Volunteer to read stories and do activities with one of the preschool classes at the UCCS Family Development Center.  

Thursday February 1st
1:00pm-3:00pm
Activism & Wellbeing Lunch Panel

Join us for lunch and a conversation around the balance of activism and wellness. Hear from a panel of community speakers who center social activism and wellbeing and the tangible tools they utilize in their work. Attend in person or virtually.

Thursday February 1st
4:00pm-6:00pm
The World We Must Build: Panel and Performances 

Join us for an evening with a student panel discussion and artistic performances as we come together to envision the world we want to inhabit today and in the future. If you’d like to speak to the theme “The World We Must Build” through a performance or artistic work of any medium, please sign up on the MLK Days website. All students and all forms of expression are welcome! To sign up to perform, please complete this form!

Saturday February 3rd 
9:00am-12:30pm
UCCS Service Day
– Family Development Center

Come alongside UCCSlead as we complete a campus service day for the UCCS Family Development Center. The UCCS Family Development serves our UCCS and Colorado Springs community and we have the opportunity to serve them through a series of projects as we conclude MLK Days of Service & Action.

Saturday February 3rd 
9:00am-11:00am
UCCS Service Day
– Project Angel Heart

Working alongside UCCSlead as we complete a campus service day with Project Angel Heart. Participants will be decorating grocery bags for Project Angel Heart’s food delivery which serves our UCCS and Colorado Springs at-risk community.

All events are free and open to all UCCS students, staff, faculty, alumni, and affiliated friends and family. The planning committee is also seeking performers for the program. Please email [email protected] for more information. 

Sponsors and event partners include: The Office of DEI Education & Outreach, the MOSAIC & LGBTQ+ Resource Center, the Department of Student Life, UCCSlead, University Communications, Admissions, The Dean of Students, the UCCS Alumni and Friends Association, the Office of the Dean of Students, Family Development Center, Wellness Center, Faculty from College of LAS and College of Public Service. 

Have a Question about the Event?

For questions regarding the 2024 MLK Days events, please contact Sloan Gonzales at [email protected].