WPU Hosts MLK Day of Service
A William Peace University (WPU) campus tradition: MLK Day of Service. Every year on January 16, WPU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and Student Involvement sponsor our MLK Day of Service. This half-day service experience with fellow Pacers is a chance for students, faculty, staff, and alumni to immerse themselves in the Raleigh community and serve some incredible Raleigh organizations.
This year participants took part in projects such as:
- Posting sexual violence awareness resources around Raleigh businesses with Interact of Wake.
- Assisting with organizing, cleaning, and setting up at the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club.
- Helping with outdoor projects such as harvesting, tilling, and other gardening tasks at Raleigh City Farm.
- Wrapping, sorting, organizing, and labeling books for a fundraiser at LGBT Center of Raleigh.
- Assisting with garden work at the Well Fed Community Garden.
More than 20 WPU students, staff, and faculty gathered this year to learn about Martin Luther King Jr, his legacy, and the Raleigh community. After doing some initial learning and education surrounding specific social issues in the Raleigh area, Pacers split up and were off to do three hours of service with the local organizations.
Upon arrival back to WPU, those who participated did small and large group reflections about what they had learned that day and how it connects to MLK Jr.’s Legacy while enjoying food from a local catering company, Pink Soul Catering.
“It was truly a fantastic day,” said Rachel Newton, assistant director of Student Involvement “We learned so much and engaged intentionally with our community.”