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In remembrance of Martin Luther King Day, Auburn University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity is hosting a series of events for the Auburn community beginning January 12. 

According to Ada Wilson, assistant vice president for Access and Inclusive Excellence of Auburn’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity, this year’s events will focus on honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. while following a new set of protocols in compliance with university, local, state and national Covid-19 guidelines.

“Honoring Dr. King’s legacy allows us to come together as a community and take a unified stance for equity and social change,” Wilson said. “Given the onset of Covid-19, we have transitioned the program to an online platform. The Day of Service will also be limited to comply with social distancing protocols. 

“We are taking every precaution to ensure that volunteers have a safe experience.”

This year’s lineup will feature a wide variety of events that include the  Nursing Home Collection Drive, a collaboration of Auburn University’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity and the Auburn Student Nursing Association to collect and pack travel-sized toiletries for local nursing homes; the Martin Luther King Scholarship Breakfast  with the theme:  Honoring the Dream: Exploring 21st Century Civic Engagement and Advocacy featuring Auburn alumni Justin Robinson’s new cookbook, “Justin Time”, on Jan. 18; a virtual Self-Care Day with Blaze Wellness hosted by Auburn alumna Noelle Lucas, owner of Blaze Wellness, on Jan. 20; and Nursing Home Drive Packing Day on Jan. 21. 

Wilson said that one of the important values that the Office of Inclusion and Diversity wants to share with the Auburn community is the belief that civic engagement plays a vital role in social change. 

“The MLK Scholarship Breakfast is an effort hosted in conjunction with the Office of Inclusion and Diversity, University Outreach and the National Forum for Black Public Administrators,” Wilson said. “The experience highlights the accomplishments of local high school seniors and community members. 

“This year’s theme, “Honoring the Dream: Exploring civic engagement in the 21st Century,” examines the important role that civic engagement plays in fostering and promoting social change.”

Registration to attend the virtual events or to help as a volunteer are still open to members of the Auburn community. OID will be taking donations for the Nursing Home Drive at the Cross Cultural Center for Excellence, located inside the Harold D. Melton Student Center on Auburn University’s campus or at the Auburn Chamber of Commerce. 

“Organizers are looking for donations of travel-sized toiletries, including hand sanitizer, soap and body wash, toothpaste, lotion, men’s and women’s deodorant,” Wilson said. “We are also looking for flushable wipes, floss, shampoo, conditioner and Chapstick and other essential items to donate during this time.”

For more information, Wilson encourages residents to head to Auburn’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity website at http://ocm.auburn.edu/mlkweek/.

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