Campus News
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Pinterest Email

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Through Service Work

Einstein students, faculty, and staff members package produce for Montefiore’s Project BRAVO Food Pantry on Bainbridge Avenue in the Bronx.

Honoring Martin Luther King Jr. Through Service Work

On Jan. 18, for the first time, Einstein joined other organizations nationwide in a day of service in memory of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The federal holiday honoring Dr. King’s legacy is unique in being observed as a “day on, not a day off,” to encourage Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

“The difficulties of the past year have reinforced the importance of community,” says Nerys Benfield, M.D., M.P.H., senior associate dean for diversity and inclusion. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a vision of a ‘beloved community’ where all people can live free from poverty and racism,” says Dr. Benfield, who is also an associate professor of obstetrics & gynecology and women’s health at Einstein and director of family planning at Montefiore. “Our hope is that students, faculty, and staff members continue to serve the community throughout the year, and we look forward to making this an annual opportunity.”

As part of Einstein’s inaugural MLK Service Challenge, dozens of students, faculty, and staff members donated their time in person and virtually throughout the week. The office of diversity and inclusion partnered with three local organizations, including Montefiore’s Project BRAVO, HERO High School, and the Bronx Community Foundation, as well as Einstein’s Food Justice and Medicine group, to offer volunteer events.

Those included packaging groceries at a Bronx food pantry, helping younger students online with health and science projects, delivering bags of groceries by car to people’s homes, and distributing food and personal protective equipment to Bronx community members from Einstein’s campus.

Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Share to Pinterest Email

More From Einstein

Residents Respond to COVID Surge
Freeing Immune Cells to Combat Cancer
Hispanic Health Foundation Scholarships
Dennis Shields Postdoctoral Prizes
Hispanic Heritage Month
Marmur Awards Marks 25 Years
The Women Who Battle Blood Cancer
Einstein Celebrates Black History
Einstein Students Join Vaccination Effort
Einstein Among Top in Research Funding
Match Day Video:
Class of 2021
The Einstein Difference


Research Notes
Motivations: Donors & Alumni


Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Share to LinkedIn Email

Past Issues

Download Magazine