MLK Weekend of Service

MLK Weekend of Service

January 16th – 19th, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. once said,

“Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake.  Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.”

The Office of Active Citizenship and Service and Dean of Students charges you to actively engage in discussion and service in order to be a positive change agent in the Nashville community. You and your service organization, friends, and/or fellow students have the opportunity to start the year off strong by joining us for our annual MLK Weekend of Service and Commemoration series honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Featured Service Project

This year, Vanderbilt is teaming up with Belmont, Lipscomb, Tennessee State, and Trevecca Nazarene Universities in a MLK Day of Service on Saturday, January 17.  We will meet at TSU for lunch and keynote speaker, Andrew Maraniss (author of Strong Inside).  Students will then participate in service activities with 7 local non-profit organizations.

Commemorative Series

We will end the Weekend of Service with a commemorative series entitled Dismantling Segregation:  Race, Poverty, and Privilege on Vanderbilt’s campus.  This series will focus on the modern-day meaning of segregation and how it should be addressed in issues of race and class today.  For more information about this series, please visit the Vanderbilt MLK Commemoration webpage.

Join the action!

Plan and register your project here

Volunteer sign ups coming soon!


Note:  We will accept project proposals through Wednesday, January 7, 2015.  When your organization’s project has been approved, we will add your project to the OACS website for students to begin signing up immediately.