By Kristin Kennedy
NEW ALBANY, Ind. – IU Southeast recently received funding that will help the university pursue Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy of helping others.
In December 2015, Indiana Campus Compact awarded IU Southeast a $2,000 grant to be used for the 2016 Community Day of Service. The event will be held on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, Jan. 18.
During the Community Day of Service, students from IU Southeast and Ivy Tech Community College in Sellersburg will volunteer at three agencies in the New Albany area: The Boys and Girls Club, Our Drug and Alcohol Education Services and Autumn Woods Health Campus.
According to the award application IU Southeast submitted to ICC, students who participate in the Community Day of Service will be able to learn about issues related to mental health, poverty, and college access and mentorship, and they will be able to learn about agencies who address those issues in the community.
Dakota Brooks, education junior and 21st Century Scholar support specialist in the Campus Life department at IU Southeast, secured the funding for the Community Day of Service. Brooks is coordinating with the participating agencies, administrators and students who will participate in the event.
“Through this project, IU Southeast will work towards partnering with area nonprofit organizations to expand and improve available internships, volunteerism, and applied learning opportunities, and to contribute to the social, economic, or educational development of the campus and surrounding community,” Brooks said.
Channell Barbour, associate director of Campus Life, is on the MLK Jr. Week events committee at IU Southeast. Barbour said the grant provided by ICC will help the Community Day of Service add to the university’s week-long celebration of honoring King’s legacy.
“Securing this grant allows IU Southeast to impact the community that it serves through volunteerism, while promoting Dr. King’s vision of solidarity and building a society where everyone is free from poverty, race, and war,” Barbour said. “The annual service project is one event in a series of a week-long tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King and his legacy.”
ICC was founded in 1993 and consists of college and university presidents and chancellors who have worked with their institutions to improve their communities and engage citizens. ICC is the only organization in Indiana that works with 2-year, independent and public colleges and universities.
IU Southeast will host a number of events during MLK Jr. Week, beginning with the 2016 King Scholarship Breakfast and Panel Discussion on Saturday, Jan. 16. The full list of events are as follows:
The 2016 King Scholarship Breakfast and Panel Discussion: 9-11 a.m., Hoosier Room.
- Hosted by the City of Jeffersonville Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and sponsored by IU Southeast. Tickets sold in advance.
- Contact: Ms. Renee Baines at (812) 282-5168 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Participate in a Community Day of Service.
- Giving back is a key part of MLK Day. Faculty, students and staff are encouraged to share their time within the campus or community.
- Contact: Campus Life at (812) 941-2316 or email@example.com for more information
“Get on the Bus” Film Screening and Discussion: 7 p.m., Hoosier Room East.
- The film screening is open to the public and free to attend.
- Contact: Channell Barbour at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Reenactment Walk: 12:15 p.m., Activities Building.
- This symbolic walk is intended to represent the importance of advocacy for civil and human rights in our community.
- Contact: Chris Crews at email@example.com for more information.
“Voices of Change” Speech Contest: 7-9 p.m., UC-127.
- Cosponsored by the Department of Communication Studies and Campus Life, the contest will feature exemplary persuasive speeches from the top five class representatives of 2015 public speaking classes.
- Contact: Rebecca Carlton at (812) 941-2162 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Louisville Orchestra Martin Luther King Day Concert: 11:30 a.m., Richard K. Stem Concert Hall, Ogle Center.
- Tickets are free, but reservations required. Call (812) 941-2525 for reservations.