MLK Day of Service at FinnU

In 2016 a new tradition was born at Finlandia University. A tradition based in service and community in tribute to a man who had a dream – Martin Luther King, Jr. Based on the Christian principles he was brought up with MLK changed the trajectory of civil rights in the United States. To honor his memory, Finlandia students, staff, alumni and friends of the university gather on MLK Day in celebration and service to our community.

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  • More than 120 students participate in MLK Day of Service at Finlandia University

    Nicole Newman was the keynote speaker for Finlandia’s second annual MLK Day of Service.

    Finlandia University students weren’t in class today, but that didn’t stop them from having an incredible learning opportunity. Maybe one of the most important kinds of lessons to learn. That’s because they instead focused on what it means to provide service to their community as the university celebrated its second annual MLK Day of Service.

    “The positive energy was evident on campus today,” said Erin Barnett, Director [...]

  • MLK Day at Finlandia: A growing tradition of service and respect

    Since its inception as a national holiday in 1983, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day has been a time for citizens of the United States and of all nations to celebrate the memory of one of the civil rights movement’s most influential figures, and to spend the day in service, working together towards building and improving our communities.

    This year marks Finlandia University’s second annual MLK Day of Service, a day marked by events of remembrance and community involvement in keeping [...]

  • Finlandia Fridays discusses MLK Day of Service with René Johnson

    This week on Finlandia Fridays host Michael H. Babcock speaks with René Johnson highlighting Finlandia University’s community involvement on MLK Day of Service (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day). She briefly touches on the history of the holiday and how it came to be as well as Finlandia’s service throughout the day.

    Finlandia University offers numerous service activities during the day including a worship service, guest speakers, dining services, and a closing film. Finlandia [...]

  • MLK Day of Service volunteer site signups now open

    Students participating in Finlandia University’s second annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service are invited to sign up for their service site now.

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    “As of right now we have 19 service sites needing over 130 students available for students to volunteer at,” said René Johnson, a member of the Equity and Diversity Committee at FinnU. “This should make for a great day here at Finlandia University.”

    Sites range from Calumet to Portage [...]

  • The movie Selma to be featured during MLK Day

    The second annual MLK Day of Service at Finlandia University will feature a film presentation of Selma. The event is at 7 p.m. in Wargelin 303 on MLK Day, which is Monday, January 16.

    The event is free and open to the entire campus community. Complimentary popcorn will be served. Additional snacks will be available for purchase. All proceeds will go to Finlandia’s Equity and Diversity Committee to fund future campus events.

    More about the film SELMA

    The unforgettable true story chronicles the tumultuous [...]

  • Service Sites needed for MLK Day

    Finlandia University’s second annual MLK Day of Service will be held on Monday, January 16, 2016 during the nationally recognized holiday of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. The day of service will include a keynote speaker, campus brunch, a worship service, a film presentation. The highlight of the day is the community service that will be provided by Finlandia students, staff, faculty, alumni and friends of the university. In 2016 more than a dozen service sites led to hundreds of [...]

MLK Day of Service Schedule


Details on all events will be posted closer to the event. Currently Finlandia University is seeking more community service sites and needs faculty and staff to volunteer as site leaders. Please contact one of the people below if you can help.

Erin BarnettDean of StudentsFinlandia Universityerin.barnett@finlandia.edu906-487-7324
Rene JohnsonAssistant Professor, Religion and Philosophy and Director, Servant LeadershipFinlandia Universityrene.johnson@finlandia.edu906-487-7558

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