UMR 'Day of Service' Brings Students, Seniors Together In Conversation

January 13, 2018 10:54 PM

(ABC 6 News) --  The University of Minnesota-Rochester held a day of service gathering Saturday to bring together students and seniors in conversation.

The event featured a panel made up of seniors of color who were described as "trailblazers" in their careers or lives. Many first moved to Rochester during the civil rights movement in the 1960s, making up some of the community's first black residents.


The panelists shared how they made a difference in the community and talked with the students about how they can do the same.

"I think it's extremely important to repeat history because if you don't repeat history, then there's a chance you'll go through some of the same mistakes you made in the past," panelist George Thompson said.

The event is part of the university's day of service, an annual event held across the country encouraging people to do something beneficial for their community to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on his namesake holiday. 

And for the students, many of whom are studying healthcare-related topics, it shows them it's possible to overcome challenges to succeed in the future.

"It's important for us to have those role models so we can see that yes, they made a difference back then so we can make a difference now," UMR freshman Jahred Lapastora said.


Logan Reigstad

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