Northeastern Center of Community Service and the Massachusetts Promise Fellowship would like to thank all the participants, facilitators, and volunteers that helped make our 2016 MLK Day of Service and Leadership such a tremendous success! The event engaged over 300 NU students, local youth, AmeriCorps members, and community leaders in service projects and leadership workshops that focused on social justice and reflected on Dr. King’s legacy. The day was kicked off with an inspiring keynote by Jamal Thorne, a Service-Learning faculty member, lecturer in Northeastern’s Art + Design Department, and an NU Alum. Jamal first joined the Service-Learning Program in spring 2015, creating a unique partnership between his Conceptual Drawing Course and community partner Artists for Humanity, a partnership he has continued into the past two semesters with his 2D Fundamentals of Surface and Drawing course.
Attendees participated in on-campus projects that were comprised of ten tracks focusing on issues such as environmental justice, workplace equity, building healthy communities, and social justice through the arts. Projects and workshops were led by community organizations and NU student groups including Empowering People for Inclusive Careers (EPIC), The Food Project, BalletROX, Circle K, NU GRIT, and Peace Through Play. Many Northeastern students also participated in one of six off-campus service projects at sites including The Prison Book Program, St. Ambrose Family Shelter, and Casa Nueva Vida.