Office of Community Partnerships Participates in Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

January 18, 2018

“All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence”—Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., March 1968. Our Office of Community Partnerships lives the words of Dr. King by organizing a day of service for students and staff in celebration of his life and legacy.

Led by Director Mara Gross and Assistant Director Christine Drasba from the Office of Community Partnership, senior Ami Glazer, and Lucy Moreno, Coordinator of the Greyston Community Garden Project, Sarah Lawrence College and Yonkers community volunteers teamed up to create a day for local children and families to engage in craft activities, poetry, music, improv, discussion, and explorations to reflect on the theme and importance of Solidarity.

Some of the participants offered their thoughts on the experience:

“I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to the Yonkers Community.”—Baph Nayer ’19

“I think it’s great that we have a day devoted to going off site and serving in the community around Sarah Lawrence. It’s also a time to allow students and staff to work side by side, putting the values espoused by Dr. King into action. I’ve been volunteering for the past five years, and it’s always great to see the joy brought to the families by our small acts. I love it.”—Dr. Anica Mulzac, Clinical Psychologist at the Sarah Lawrence College Health & Wellness Center

“It feels amazing to be able to use my theater training to give back and build a community both on campus and off campus!”—Zia Lawrence ’18

“I got involved with the Day of Service because I felt that the College has a lot of resources to share with the community of Yonkers and a lot of people willing to contribute their time and effort to creating a space for young people to create together.”—Ami Glazer ’18

"We asked them to work together to create not only their own worlds but each other’s- really emphasizing solidarity. What we need, someone else may not need, but they can help us achieve or ideal worlds.”—Maghan Baptiste ’20

“It was to use collage as a symbolic way to represent solidarity, bringing different elements together to create a unified piece of artwork."—Mariel Rice ’18

“We defined solidarity as people from all different backgrounds coming together in order to work towards a unified cause. Collage is a medium in which we connect images that wouldn’t usually be together—this too creates a more unified whole.”—Devin Esch ’18