Make It a Day On, Not a Day Off

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service 2020

On Monday, January 20, 2020, The Ohio State University Wooster Campus is encouraged to join millions of volunteers across the country as we honor and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. This national holiday is known as a “day on, not a day off.” While the university is closed and classes are cancelled, the MLK Day Committee invites you to join us in this second annual event. Faculty, staff, students, and clubs are all invited to participate as we partner with The College of Wooster and help the greater Wooster community through meaningful service projects.

To learn more about this national day of service, visit:

Inclement weather or a campus closure may alter or cancel plans for this event. Participants are encouraged to check their OSU email the morning of service.




12:30 pm - 1:15 pm

Participant check-in & lunch
Complementary boxed lunch provided

Cafe Carmen

12:45 pm

Keynote Speaker - Professor Robert Soloman
Assistant Vice Provost for the Office of Diversity & Inclusion

Cafe Carmen

1:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Travel to volunteer sites at The College of Wooster or Cafe Carmen

Van transportation provided by Ohio State Wooster Campus

1:45 pm - 3:00 pm

Service opportunities organized by The College of Wooster


1. To register for the OSU Wooster Campus event (including your lunch preference) visit: 

2. College of Wooster service projects are now full. Register above to serve at Ohio State ATI. 

3:15 pm

Travel back to Ohio State Wooster Campus

Cafe Carmen

3:30 pm Closing remarks, reflections, and survey Cafe Carmen

All participants are requested to ride in the University-sponsored transportation leaving from Cafe Carmen. Vans will pick up participants and drop them off at The College of Wooster. Register for your service site on or before January 16, 2020. Special accomodations should be discussed with transportation coordinator Keegan Hange (

Participants are requested to register for an afternoon service option of their choosing. For available options, visit the following website and be sure to register as an "OSU Wooster Community Member" using your "" email address. Family and kid-friendly options are also available. UPDATE 1/15/20: All College of Wooster service opportunities are now full. Register here to volunteer at Ohio State ATI: 

A catered boxed sandwich lunch, including vegetarian options, and drinks will be provided. A water bottle may be handy to bring along to your service site.

No special dress is required unless your service site states otherwise. Our service partners may provide additional safety equipment required. All are encouraged to wear the MLK Day of Service t-shirt provided at the event.

Robert Solomon
Professor Robert Solomon is a graduate of Lipscomb University in Nashville, Tennessee and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law. He began his legal career as an Assistant Attorney General for the state of Ohio. He also served as a Franklin County Municipal Court Magistrate before joining The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law to work in administration. During his tenure at the College of Law, he has served as Assistant to the Dean, Director of the Moot Court and Lawyering Skills Program, Assistant Dean for Admission & Financial Aid, and as an adjunct professor focusing on Evidence, Trial Advocacy and Appellate Advocacy. In 1999, he left the university to work as an Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2001, he returned to the College of Law to assume the role of Senior Assistant Dean for Admission and Financial Aid and to establish an Office of Minority Affairs within the law school as its Director and Chief Diversity Officer. In 2015, Robert assumed his current role as Assistant Vice Provost in the University‚Äôs Office of Diversity & Inclusion.

Robert has also been active in the community, currently serving on the Board of Trustees for the Mansion Day School and Ohio Valley University. Past Board service has included the Equal Justice Foundation, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and the Columbus Academy. Robert has been an active volunteer with LSAC in other capacities as well, including service on the Misconduct & Irregularities in Admission Sub-committee, Finance & Legal Affairs Committee, Diversity Committee and the 2011 Annual Meeting Planning Committee. He also served on the Diversity Committee of American Bar Association. Robert has been active in the local Bar as well, having served as Chair of the Law School Liaison Committee for the Columbus Bar Association (CBA), the Long Range Planning Committee and the Minority Clerkship Task Force. He has served on the Executive Board of the John Mercer Langston Bar Association (the local National Bar Association chapter) as Parliamentarian, Chair of Professional Development Committee and as President. Robert is a President Emeritus of 100 Black Men of Central Ohio and is a Board Chair Emeritus of the Africentric Personal Development Shop. His past honors have include being appointed by former Ohio Governor Ted Strickland to serve on the Ohio Ethics Commission in 2010, selected by Congress to represent the District at the 2006 National African American Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C., the 2015 National Hispanic Bar Association Region X President Award and the 2016 George V. Voinovich Public Service Award from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

Coming soon!

Contact the MLK Day of Service Committee Chair, Ashley Van Hesteren ( 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Flyer