Approved by the: University Senate - May 3, 2012
Administration - no action required*
Board of Regents - no action required

*The administration acknowledges the resolution of the University Senate supporting the establishment of a Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Community Service Pledge Drive. The Office of Public Engagement, in cooperation with the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the Office of Human Resources, and the College of Liberal Arts's Martin Luther King Program, is in the process of planning the pledge drive with the goal of launching the initiative on the MLK Holiday in January 2013.

Resolution Supporting the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Service Pledge Drive

The University Senate supports the Equity Access and Diversity Committee's (EAD) proposal to establish a Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) Community Service Pledge Drive to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Earlier this academic year, the EAD proposed establishing the MLK Holiday as a "day on" rather than a "day off" whereby the University would encourage more members of the University community to engage in various community service activities. This proposal was submitted to the University's Public Engagement Council (PEC) for its review. While the PEC strongly supported the idea of encouraging more members of the University community to engage in community service, it identified a number of personnel, human resources, and financial issues that would make it difficult to operationalize a day of service during an official University holiday. In response, it was determined that the legacy of Dr. King would be honored with a community service pledge drive that would not limit community service to the holiday but rather would extend it throughout the spring semester.

The MLK holiday would serve as a launching date for a University-wide community service drive where members of the University community (faculty, staff, and students) would be invited and encouraged to pledge hours for service at community-based agencies. The pledge drive would be conducted in partnership with the United Negro College Fund/General Mills MLK Day Collaboration, and is endorsed by the University of Minnesota Public Engagement Council.

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