Office of the President - The University of Texas at Brownsville
Dr. Juliet V. Garcia

Dear Colleagues,

Next Monday, January 17th, marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday recognizing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King inspired a generation when he said, "Life's most persistent and urgent question is: What are you doing for others?"

This is the spirit with which we began the Center for Civic Engagement a decade ago, and the spirit in which we applied for and received the Carnegie Foundation’s 2010 Community Engagement Classification. Our vision statement also embraces this principle:

The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College aspires to be recognized as the nation’s premier community university, dedicated to designing innovative processes to strengthen student learning and establish a culture of civic responsibility through community engagement.
I invite you to celebrate MLK day by participating in the university’s Day of Service this Monday. Our Scorpion Scholars have planned a day of activities designed to strengthen communities, empower individuals and bridge barriers.

MLK Day - Day of Service - January 17, 2011

The event will kick off with donuts at Dean Porter Park’s large pavilion at 8 a.m. From there, teams led by our student organizations will disperse to 10 projects throughout the city including: repairing trails at Sabal Palm Grove Audubon Sanctuary, sprucing up a historic cemetery, immunizing Buena Vida residents, reading to families at the Brownsville Adult Literacy Center, promoting Brownsville’s plastic bag ban and participating in a campus clean up. We will reconvene at the park at 11:45 a.m. for a picnic lunch, a panel of speakers and the MLK fair.

Your participation will send a strong signal to our community and to our students that our employees support our vision of community engagement. To sign up for a team, contact Heather Olague at

I look forward to seeing you there!