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The University of Bridgeport is celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month in the best way possible – with education and service.
One of Dr. King’s most famous quotes: “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”. While we cannot be together for our traditional days of service due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a need more than ever in communities across the country who could use your support! Consider ways that you can utilize your skills and resources to serve from where you are, whether that is in person or virtually. However you choose to serve, please make sure you stay safe and follow all CDC guidelines! We invite the entire UB Community (current students, faculty/staff, and alumni) to share their community engagement impacts on our new system, GivePulse! All service activities taking place between January 18th and February 28th will be counted towards this event.
Additionally, use #UBinthecommunity and #UBMLK2021 to share any photos of your service with us on your preferred social media platform.
For the past 15 years, MLK Day has been a Day of Service here at UB, with students engaging in community projects in Bridgeport and beyond. This volunteer work is an active method for students to honor Dr. King’s life and principles, to practice racial and economic justice, and to care for those in need.
Learning about social justice and widespread inequities is an important piece of the program this year. “I hope we are able to help students and the community understand how to be in service to the community,” says Director of Civic Engagement Melanie Strout. “It’s not just charitable acts, but education that will create the systemic change we need to better the world.”
The days of service range from January 18th to February 28th, and this year during the pandemic, the university will offer and suggest ways that students can utilize their skills and resources to serve from where they are, including virtually. Panels and moderated discussions will take place throughout the month to highlight how MLK’s vision plays out in the justice system and in faith-based communities.
Events are open to all UB students, faculty, and staff.
Questions? Please reach out to Melanie Strout at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 475-422-1065.