AU to Host Speaker and Sponsor Day of Service for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

AU to Hold Events for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

1/11/19 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University is hosting Dr. Ronnie A. Dunn from Cleveland State University to speak as part of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day event on the AU campus. In addition, AU G.I.V.S. is hosting a day of service in conjunction with the Oxfam Hunger Banquet to raise awareness about food insecurity and provide food boxes to Ashland area seniors in need. During the day, AU students, faculty, staff have been invited to take part in a call to action for our Day of Service: A Day On Not A Day Off. 

AU G.I.V.S. (AU Gets Involved with Volunteer Service) will be hosting a MLK Day of Service centering around senior citizen food accessibility. That day, volunteers will be creating shelf stable food boxes and will then deliver them to 80 senior citizens in Ashland County that have been identified by the Council on Aging so that they have options in the event of inclement weather when the Council on Aging can not make their hot meal delivers. It is anticipated that 50 plus volunteers will participate in this day of service, which will include an Oxfam Hunger Banquet to as an awareness activity; a keynote address from Captain Annalise Francis of the Ashland Ray and Joan Kroc Center; lunch provided by Domino's; and then our service of collating stable boxes, writing love letters to the seniors, and delivering them with a smile. Other community partners and sponsors have included Associated Charities, The Jay and Joan Kroc Center, Dominos, Ashland County Council on Aging, Ashtone Packaging, U of Promo and Campbell's Snyder Lance.   

To learn more about this day of service or to register as a volunteer, please visit: or call the Ashland University Office of Community Service at 419.289.5325. 

The evening event featuring Dunn will take place Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. in the Jack and Deb Miller Chapel on the AU campus and Dunn will speak on the topic of “Racial Profiling: The Content of Their Character or the Color of Their Skin? In addition to the speaker, the event will feature musical selections by the Ashland University Chamber Singers with Alli Lange, student conductor. The event is free and open to the public.

Dunn is the director of Institutional Diversity and associate professor of Urban Studies at Cleveland State University. He works on issues affecting minorities and the urban poor with a particular focus on race, crime and the criminal justice system.

Dunn was appointed by Governor John Kasich to the Ohio Collaborative Community-Police Advisory Board, which has established statewide policing standards and he provided written testimony to President Barack Obama’s Taskforce on 21st Century Policing. 

Dunn’s most recent book, "Boycotts, Busing, & Beyond," published by Kendall-Hunt Publishing in 2016, uses the Cleveland School Desegregation Case to examine the history and implications of school desegregation in northern urban centers.

Dunn chairs the Cleveland NAACP’s Criminal Justice Committee. He is a native Clevelander, a U.S. Air Force veteran, and a frequent commentator in local, national and international media outlets.

Ashland University, which has been ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###