Derreck Kayongo, founder of the Global Soap Project, will be the featured speaker at Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day convocation.
The event, which is from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday in the Hatfield Hall Theater, is free and open to the public. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.
Kayongo overcame a childhood as a homeless Ugandan refugee to become the former leader of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights and a successful entrepreneur whose Global Soap Project is taking recycled used hotel soap to transform lives in impoverished populations throughout the world.
His presentation, “From Homeless Refugee to Living the American Dream,” will center on Kayongo’s personal guiding principles, coined as S.E.L.F. — Service, Education, Leadership and Faith
“Derreck’s commitment to humanitarianism and inspiring others to make a difference are important messages as our campus community celebrates this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day,” said Camille Wallace, Rose-Hulman’s interim director of diversity and inclusion.
Most recently, Kayongo joined the board of trustees for Helen Keller International, an organization committed to improving the sight of vulnerable populations throughout the world.