MLK Day Celebration

Friday, January 12 at 11:00 a.m.

Penn State Scranton celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr. Day each year to honor the life and work of civil rights icon Martin Luther King, Jr., and to recognize the campus' commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

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Our Keynote Speaker


Lasha Wyman-Klein, Program Director Keystone Mission

Lasha Wyman-Klein has received early accolades throughout her high school career as the Diversity Coordinator in 2008 from the NAACP and the NeighborWorks association for her work with inner city communities in Baltimore, Maryland. Wyman-Klein graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor of science degree in human development and family studies with a minor in psychology.

The daughter of an activist, Wyman-Klein has followed in the footsteps of those before her donating much of her time to volunteering within the community, specifically low-income housing and food insecure communities. 

Early in her career, Wyman-Klein worked with at-risk groups, including those with mental health and substance addiction difficulties. 

In March 2022, she began working as a Vocational Specialist at Keystone Mission, where she helped homeless clients choose their career options by aligning their training, experience, and education with their interests rather than their constraints.

Wyman-Klein assumed the role of Scranton Program Director in 2023, assisting staff with program setup and cultivating connections with other organizations. Her implementation of the Pathfinders Vocational Program, the yearly Go Green Community Clean Up campaign, Keystone’s inaugural Poetry & Worship Night for visitors, and her successful advocacy and acquisition of public shower access for the homeless, have all occurred during her tenure at Keystone Mission.

Sponsored by Empower.

MLK Day Event Agenda

Join us in the Study Learning Center at the Penn State Scranton Campus, 120 Ridgeview Drive, Dunmore on Friday, January 12, 2024. View Campus Map

  • Arrival and Registration 10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Welcome and Opening Remarks 11:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
  • Presentation of Excellence in Diversity Awards and Introduction of Keynote Speaker 11:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. - Each year, two Excellence in Diversity Awards are given during the ceremony: one to a member of the campus community, and another to a local community member or organization who shows a commitment to diversity. 
  • Keynote Speaker Lasha Wyman-Klein 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • Lunch and Closing Remarks 12:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Event Registration

A Day for Service

A federal holiday that began as a commemoration of Dr. King's birthday is now a day dedicated to encouraging and empowering Americans to participate in community service.

We have three opportunities available for volunteers. 

  • Childhood Hunger Outreach Program
    Tuesday, January 16 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • Keystone Mission
    Wednesday, January 17 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
  • St. Joseph's Center 
    Thursday, January 18 from 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Sign up to volunteer.