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USD community to honor King's legacy with Day of Service

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Students at the University of South Dakota will honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with a Day of Service, and a keynote address from comedienne and filmmaker Negin Farsad.

Students, faculty and staff from USD will join the Vermillion community on Monday, Jan. 19 for the Day of Service. All volunteers will meet at noon at the ballroom of the Muenster University Center for orientation (register online at to volunteer) followed by an afternoon of community service projects. The Day of Service concludes with a reorientation and reflection at 4 p.m. at the ballroom.

At 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 20, Farsad will address campus with a lecture on “Comedic Justice” at the MUC ballroom. Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy – a field that she insists totally exists (or should). As one of few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, this TED Fellow uses humor to bridge the racial, religious, social and immigrant gap. The Wall Street Journal calls her work “smart, funny, and fascinating.” Download a photo of Farsad.

The seventh annual Vermillion Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is sponsored by the USD Center for Academic & Global Engagement, the USD Vice President for Student Services, Center for Diversity & Community, Alternative Week of Off-campus Learning, and the Corporation for National & Community Service. For more information, please go to or contact the Center for Academic & Global Engagement at (605) 677-6338 or email


USD’s Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) gives students the chance to gain real-world experience and knowledge and connect with their community and the larger world. CAGE offers academically based opportunities that create skills employers and graduate schools seek. Among them: off-campus service-learning programs, studying abroad, student exchange, undergraduate research and nationally competitive awards and fellowships. CAGE also provides support to international students with cultural and academic adjustments as well as immigration concerns.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.

This material is available in an alternate format upon request. Please contact University Relations at 605-677-5759. If you are a person with a disability and need a special accommodation to fully participate in any university activity or event, please contact Disability Services at 605-677-6389 as soon as possible, but no later than 48 hours before the event, so that appropriate arrangements may be made.


Hanna DeLange
USD News