Published: Jan. 16, 2014

Honoring civil rights leaders with 110 hours of service

By: Alex Barhorst Residential and Hospitality Services barhors1@rhs.msu.eduContact(s): Jennifer Orlando Media Communications office: (517) 353-4355 cell: (517) 980-0076

The MSU Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has partnered with Into the Streets, an MSU student community service organization, to launch the “What’s your 110?” challenge.

“What’s your 110?” is an effort to encourage MSU students, staff and faculty to donate 110 hours of their time to community service within a year. The challenge launches with a Community Partners Fair held on Jan. 20 at the MSU Union.

The fair, taking place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. that day, will feature on-site service projects and will connect Spartans will community partners. A special film by MSU Libraries, "The Intolerable Burden," also will be presented with an introductory talk from professor Jeffrey Wray of the Department of English.

The challenge is a recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. and "Project 60/50," which commemorates the 60th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education and the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The number of hours, 110, represents the addition of the number of years since the two civil rights milestones.

“The Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement has been making contributions to improving society on MLK Day for years,” said Renee Zientek, director of the CSLCE. “In honor of two monumental anniversaries, we’re now asking Spartans to join our organization in making those contributions throughout the year.”

Zientek encourages registered student organizations, Greek organizations, student clubs and interest groups to turn “What’s your 110?” into a friendly service competition. She said working with nonprofits will be a mutually beneficial tribute to civil rights leaders for students and charitable organizations.

“Students, staff and faculty participating in ‘What’s your 110?’ will be working in the spirit of civil and human rights leaders before them,” Zientek said. “We’re really excited how our partnerships are coming together in positive ways.”

Additional contributions to the “What’s your 110?” challenge were made by the MSU Union, the Center for Service Learning and Civic Engagement, the MSU Libraries, the MSU Clerical Technical Union, the North Neighborhood Engagement Center, the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and Project 60/50 partners.

A list of CSLCE service opportunities can be found here.

Renee Zientek, director of MSU's Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement. Photo by G.L. Kohuth

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