Five HNU students, accompanied by Assistant Director of the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement Javier De Paz and Graduate Student Assistant Maribel Lopez, participated in the Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service on January 18. The annual event connects students with community organizations in honor of human rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
This year, students took part in habitat restoration in collaboration with Friends of Sausal Creek, an HNU community partner that works to protect the creek as a natural resource for Oakland. Activities included removing invasive species, planting native species, and watering plants.
De Paz says that the event gave students a chance to connect with nature and serve the community. “Most importantly, our students had a unique opportunity to reflect on what they are doing today to serve the common good,” he said.
Students also said that the volunteer experience was rewarding.
“The experience of volunteering on (the) Martin Luther King Day of Service was much more than I anticipated,” said Michelle Morgan, a senior at HNU majoring in liberal studies. “The camaraderie of working with the other volunteers was amazing and … the positive reactions from passersby(s) was truly rewarding.”