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USD Celebrates MLK Day of Service

Martin Luther King Day of Service poster USD volunteers will perform acts of service on MLK Day Jan. 15.

VERMILLION, S.D. In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 15, the University of South Dakota will show their support with a project aimed at sending volunteers out into local communities.

The USD Center for Academic & Global Engagement (CAGE) will be organizing a number of community service projects for volunteers to help with on the national day of service.

Among the multitude of organizations which volunteers will be able to help are: the River City Domestic Violence Center, the Vermillion Welcome Table, the Vermillion Food Pantry, the Vermillion Public Library, the Vermillion Recycling Center, the Sanford Care Center, SESDAC Inc., the National Music Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Yankton, St. Agnes School, the Heartland Humane Society and the Newman Center.

Kim Albracht, the assistant director of academic engagement for CAGE, said volunteers will be involved in a wide array of activities, from facilitating creative and social activities for some of the organizations to helping with cleaning and maintenance duties for others.

“I believe there is a strong culture of volunteerism and community service here at USD and in the Midwest in general," she said. “Celebrating the legacy of Dr. King with people across the nation as we engage in service demonstrates and reminds us that we do care and want to make our communities, and our country as a whole, stronger by working together.”

Volunteers will begin the check-in process and enjoy hot cocoa in the Muenster University Center at 12:15 p.m. and then will be sent to perform service for organizations across Vermillion and Yankton from 1-4 p.m.

USD will also be hosting University of Denver Chancellor and Provost on Diversity and Inclusion Frank Tuitt, Ed.D. for a keynote address titled "Making Excellence Inclusive in Challenging Times: The Continued Struggle for Socially Just Campus Environments." This event is hosted Tuesday, January 16, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in Old Main's Farber Hall. 

To participate in the event, visit the registration web page. Additional information about MLK Day at USD can be found on the CAGE website.


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.


Hanna DeLange
USD News