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Published: January 16, 2018

UT Holding Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service Saturday, Jan. 20

University of Tampa students, faculty and staff will honor the legacy of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a day of service to the Tampa Bay community on Saturday, Jan. 20.

“Through the PEACE Volunteer Center’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service students get the opportunity to celebrate Dr. King’s dedication to activism by participating in community service in the Tampa Bay area,” said Liz Ho Sing Loy-Keiler ’19, a student coordinator in UT’s PEACE Volunteer Center.

Ho Sing Loy-Keiler said just as Dr. King’s activism continues to inspire many, the PEACE Volunteer Center also hopes to inspire new UT students and introduce them to the importance of activism and volunteerism.

Participants will volunteer their time and energy at several area nonprofits, including:

The event begins at 9 a.m. with registration in the Vaughn Center Courtyard (rain location is Vaughn Center Reeves Theater). Volunteers will then travel by van to a volunteer location.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service is organized by UT’s PEACE Volunteer Center. For more information, email or call (813) 253-6263. 

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While Mackenzie Harrington ’19 is in the female minority in her calculus class, it’s the complete opposite situation in her language and linguistics courses for her Spanish major.

“There are a lot of stereotypes and studies that say boys aren’t as good in second language acquisition as females,” said Harrington, who worked with Assistant Professor Andrew DeMil on the research project, “Gender differences in Spanish Language Learning: Speaking Exams,” which they presented at the Florida Undergraduate Research Conference in February and to the UT Board of Trustees March 22.

“We wanted to do a study of our own here at UT. In the previous year (DeMil) had studied reading comprehension of girls versus boys, so we wanted to study speaking this year,” said Harrington, of Maple Grove, MN. “The results were the same though. The boys aren’t any worse, if not the same, as females. They are just extremely underrepresented.”