On Monday, Jan. 16, the nation honors civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was committed to peace, non-violence and equality for all. His teachings of respect and peaceful adherence to conscience remain relevant today more than ever. As a social justice advocate, Dr. King called attention to the centrality of service, stating that, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: what are you doing for others?" In reflecting upon his legacy, let us consider ways we can serve as agents of transformation in our own communities.
CSS responds to the needs of our neighbors in many ways, such as our Community Day volunteer projects, the Twin Ports Thanksgiving Buffet, and participation in campus blood drives. There are so many other important acts of service undertaken each and every day. The needs, however, remain great, and we can always do more. Twin Ports volunteer opportunities can be found at: http://volunteerduluth.org/. There are also a variety of ways to commemorate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in our community. Details can be found at: http://mlk-duluth.org/new/
Another important way in which the College lives out its Catholic Benedictine Values is through our emphasis on Inclusive Excellence. Through extensive research and a series of community listening sessions, feedback from schools and divisions, we have crafted a comprehensive Inclusive Excellence Strategic Plan that is in its first year of implementation. Through this effort, we seek to create an educational and work environment that is rich in diversity, inclusive and supportive of access, success and equitable outcomes for all students, staff and faculty.
I hope you have an enjoyable Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, enriched by an opportunity of service and reflection on Dr. King's powerful insights and their significance to our lives in 2017.
President of The College of St. Scholastica