MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

MLK Day of Service and Solidarity 2021

Date: Saturday, January 20, 2024

Join us to celebrate MLK Day of Service and Solidarity!

About MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity

The MLK Jr. Day of Service and Solidarity is part of a national day of service where campuses across America gather together to serve and stand in solidarity with their communities in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Each year, this event is coordinated by the Office of Student Life - Civic Engagement in collaboration with the MLK Week Executive Planning Committee. This year's MLK Day of Service, our excitement soars as we unite with 15 non-profit organizations in Greater Grand Rapids. In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., student volunteers will dedicate their service hours to meaningful projects, embodying his vision for a better, more united community. Together, we are turning inspiration into action, making MLK Day a catalyst for positive change.

Student Participants Register Below!

MLK Day of Service Student Registration Form!

Event Day Schedule




7:30 - 8:00 a.m.

Site Leader Check-in

Grand River Room

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

Student Arrival and Check-in

Grand River Room

8:30 - 8:45 a.m.

Introduction and overview of the day

Grand River Room

8:45 - 9:00 a.m.

Students get on their buses

Kirkhof Center Bus Station

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Buses travel to the community partner sites

From Kirkhof bus station to various sites

9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

Service projects begin and end 

Various site locations

11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Students depart to GVSU

Grand River Room

12:15 - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch time

Grand River Room

1:00 - 1:20 p.m.

Keynote speaker

Grand River Room

1:20 - 1:45 p.m.

Reflection activity and event conclusion

Grand River Room

2024 Guest Speaker

Tenisa Frye is a trusted leader who couples passion with purpose to drive strategic goals and quality performance with a demonstrated history of working in employee and customer relations.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Grand Valley State University and has over 20 years of experience and expertise in business management, leadership and career development, philanthropy and small business consultation. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated, and a founding executive board member of West Michigan Aviation Academy Foundation. 

A headshot of one of the speakers

She recently moved into the non-profit sector after working in leadership for University of Farmers at Farmers Insurance where she excelled for the last 7 ½ years.  While at Farmers, she served as the National Lead for the Black Professionals Alliance overseeing 35 professionals/chapter leads across the country, United Way Ambassador, Local Community Partnership Lead and Farmers Community Champion to further non-profit partnerships throughout the company.  As a result of her community service, she has earned multiple awards like the Performer of the Month, Leader of the Quarter, Difference Maker Award and Annual Community Service Award all from Farmers Insurance, Corporate Community Award from the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, and a nominee for Growth Leadership Award, Athena Leadership Award and Remarkable Women of West Michigan.    

Currently, she serves as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Family Promise of West Michigan, where she is responsible for providing vision and strategic goals towards the achievement of the organization’s mission, growth and development.  Tenisa and her husband Darnell (who is also a GVSU alumnus and a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated) have enjoyed raising their three children in West Michigan although originally from the Flint and Detroit area, respectively. We are excited to have you this year as our guest speaker on the day of service. 

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