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Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference & MLK Day of Service

January 14th, 2017

This annual event combines our campus-wide Clifton M. Jones Student Leadership Conference and MLK Day of Service to engage UT’s student leaders in a day of leadership and service-learning. The event is held each spring semester in conjunction with the MLK holiday, and is open to all students interested in serving their communities while enhancing their personal leadership skills. Participants will know what leadership and service mean to them, be the change they wish to see, and do a great deal of good for our campus and community as a result of their participation! Registration is open to the first 600 UT students who register.

Local community organizations can apply to host a group of UT student volunteers for the day of service by submitting a partner service request.

About the Conference

This event brings together people who might not ordinarily meet, breaks down barriers that have divided us in the past, leads to better understanding and ongoing relationships, and connects new volunteers with ongoing work. A variety of interactive sessions are held pertaining to motivation, life after college, teambuilding, multiculturalism, and other leadership topics in addition to featured sessions focused on serving our community need.

“How incredible it is that servant leadership can be put into effect efficiently on a college campus.” —Former participant

History of the MLK Day of Service

Students raking leavesIn 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the King Holiday as a national day of volunteer service. Instead of a day off from work or school, Congress asked Americans of all backgrounds and ages to celebrate Dr. King’s legacy by turning community concerns into citizen action. Our event combines this spirit of service, while educating our students on what it means to understand community need, and lead change both during and after college.

During his lifetime, Dr. King sought to forge the common ground on which people from all walks of life could join together as equals to address important community issues. Service, he realized, was the great equalizer. As he stated, “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve.” (Corporation for National and Community Service). Some great info on the national MLK Day of Service can be found here!

Event Schedule

The 2017 schedule is below! Interested students should know that signing up commits them for the ENTIRE event. There is no charge to register, although not attending the event in its entirety, including leaving early, will result in a $25 non-negotiable program fee. Cancellations CANNOT be accepted. 

2017 Schedule

January 14th, 2017

8:00-8:30- Student Check-in

8:30-8:40- Welcome

8:50-9:30- Breakout session #1

9:40-10:20- Breakout session #2

10:30-11:10- Breakout session #3

11:20-12:00- Keynote Speaker

12:15-1:00- Lunch

1:00-2:00- Transition to service

2:00-4:00- Service/reflection

4:30- Arrive back on campus

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