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The Executive Council on Diversity and Inclusion is excited to announce that 2020 MLK Celebration  will take place during the week of January 20! All of the events and activities will reflect the theme, The Call to Move from Dialogue to Action.

  • Service Days
    • January 20, 23 and 24 (Chicagoland)
    • Volunteers: Loyola faculty, staff, and students
    • Volunteer: Sign-up online
  • Key Note Speaker - January 21
    • Speaker: Clint Smith
    • Luncheon - Water Tower Campus
    • 11:45AM - 1:00PM (LivestreamDictation Available)
    • Kasbeer Hall (Corboy Law Center - 15th Floor)
    • Presentation and Discussion - Lake Shore Campus
    • 5:30PM - 7:00PM (LivestreamDictation Available)
    • Damen Student Center | Sister Jean Multipurpose Room North and South
    • Book Signing 1:00PM (WTC) and 4:45PM (LSC)
  • Interfaith Prayer Service (LUMC) - January 21
    • Center for Translational Research - Auditorium
    • 12:00PM - 1:00PM
  • Interfaith Dialogue - January 22
    • 5:30PM - 7:00PM (Dictation Available)
    • Information Commons | 4th Floor (Lake Shore Campus)
    • Discussion | Refreshments | Q&A
  • Courageous Communities in Conversations - January 25 
    • Speaker: Dr. David Stovall
    • 10:00AM - 11:30AM (Dictation Available)
    • Information Commons |4th Floor (Lake Shore Campus)
    • Speech | Refreshments | Q&A

Note: Accessibility services will be made available during the week of January 20 during speaker events.

MLK Celebration Photos
Interested in seeing photos from prior MLK Service Days and events? Checkout the online collection.

During the 2020 MLK Celebration, a series of civic engagement opportunities are available during Loyola's MLK Service Day! Dr. King believed in communities coming together to help one another learn, share, and engage in respectful, productive, and transformative discussion.

Loyola is excited to announce we have partnered with the following organizations for several days of service, fellowship, and fun on Monday, January 20, Thursday, January 23, and Friday, January 24 in 2020:

Monday Service Day opportunities (January 20)

  • Lakeview Pantry - 3945 N Sheridan, Chicago, IL 60613
    • One Shift: 1:00PM - 5:00PM
    • 6 Maximum Volunteers   
    • Assist with stocking shelves, unload deliveries, sorting donations, or other various jobs.
    • Please wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing.

  • Project C.U.R.E - 10305 Argonne Dr Suite 200, Woodridge, IL 60517
    • One Shift: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
    • 40 Maximum Volunteers 
    • Organizing and sorting donations of medical supplies

Thursday Service Day Opportunity (January 23)

  • Labre (Meeting Location: All Saints Chapel, on the 3rd floor of the Terry Student Center - Special Instructions below)
    • One shift: 6:00PM - 9:00PM
    • Maximum Volunteers: TBD  
    • We begin with prayer, followed by visiting the homeless on the streets. We then return to All Saints Chapel and spend time reflecting on the human dignity of those whom we have encountered.
    • Sign-up: Sign into OrgSync
      1. Go to the Labre Portal and become a member via the green button at the top right.
      2. Select the Events tab and indicate "YES" in RSVP.

    Friday Service Day opportunities (January 24)

    Volunteer Sign-up
    We are excited that you are interested in *volunteering during the MLK Service Days! Please sign-up online and we will follow-up with you.

    *NOTE: Volunteers are responsible for transportation to and from the MLK Service Day location.  

    2019 MLK Service Days - Photos
    Checkout photos from various MLK Celebration events, including the MLK Service Day.


    Loyola University Chicago is excited to announce the 2020 MLK Celebration's Keynote speaker, Clint Smith! Clint will share how he utilizes Dr. King's principles and practices, including critical race theory, as part of his social justice work in marginalized communities. Faculty, staff, students and the greater Chicagoland community are welcome to attend the Luncheon and evening speech.

    January 21

    • 11:45AM - 1:00PM
      • Luncheon, Speech and Q&A
      • Kasbeer Hall (Corboy Law Center - 15th Floor)
    • 5:30PM - 7:00PM
      • Speech, Discussion and Reception 
      • Damen Student Center | Sister Jean Multipurpose Room North and South
    • Book Signing: 1:00PM (WTC) | 4:45 (LSC)

    Part of the 2020 MLK Celebration includes an opportunity for Loyola faculty, staff, and students to come together and learn about how various faith-based student organizations incorporate Dr. King's principles into their practice.

    During the MLK Celebration week, there will be an Interfaith Dialogue taking place on January 22 from 5:30PM - 7:00PM in the IC on the 4th Floor at the Lake Shore Campus. Come out to learn more about:

    • Catholicism
    • Islam
    • Judaism

    Refreshments will be provided and there will be an opportunity to engage in discussion with faith-based experts! Additional details will be added in December.


    Loyola University Chicago is excited to announce the 2020 MLK Celebration's Courageous Communities in Conversation speaker, Dr. David Stovall. Faculty, staff, students and the greater Chicagoland community are invited to attend the event in order to learn more about how Dr. Stovall incorporates Dr. King's legacy throughout his social justice, equity advocacy, and academic gap reduction initiatives in the city.

    • 10:00AM - 11:30AM
    • Information Commons | 4th Floor
    • Speech | Refreshments | Q&A