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

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