Walsh University Honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with Day of Service

In the days leading up to and on Monday, January 17, 2022, Walsh University students, faculty and staff will commemorate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a day of service and reflection of his legacy, what he stood for and how we can learn from his teachings.  These are a few of the ways in which Walsh University is strengthening communities, empowering individuals and bridging barriers:

Information about Dr. King’s life and advocacy is being shared throughout campus.

The greater Walsh community has shared thank you cards and expressions of gratitude with community partners and educators.

Students participated in an essay contest entitled, “What are you doing for others?”  The prompt asks participants to reflect on Dr. King’s collection of sermons Strength to Love, where he wrote, “Light has come into the world, and every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or the darkness of destructive selfishness.  This is the judgment.  Life’s most persistent and urgent question is ‘What are you doing for others?’”

Walsh Athletics, including football, softball, women’s and men’s lacrosse and volleyball team members, will be participating in a Campus Cleanup where students paint and clean athletic facilities.

Walsh is participating in a community outreach project with First Christian Church’s diaper bank.  Diapers collected on campus will be donated to support Stark County residents.  This initiative helps parents who don’t have the resources to purchase diapers and are forced to come up with other solutions to keep their children clean and dry.  In the U.S., 1 in 3 families experience diaper need.

Campus Ministry is making and distributing care bags for the homeless in partnership with Matthew 8:20 of Little Flower Parish.

While there are no classes on this federal holiday, faculty, staff, students, and community partners are invited to honor Dr. King’s legacy by volunteering to serve our community and reflect on what Dr. King’s dream means today.