North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards

2023 North Campus Deans' Martin Luther King Spirit Award. Save the date: January 16th, 2023.

The North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards are given to faculty, staff, students, postdocs, and student organizations in North Campus schools and colleges at the University of Michigan who exemplify the leadership and vision of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice.

The annual awards are hosted by the A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban PlanningCollege of EngineeringPenny W. Stamps School of Art & Design; and School of Music, Theatre & Dance, in collaboration with ArtsEngine and the Duderstadt Center as part of U-M’s MLK Symposium to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King.

The deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 14th, 2022

Faculty & Postdocs Award

The MLK Spirit Award for Faculty & Postdocs recognizes North Campus faculty and postdocs whose scholarship, teaching, and/or service exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King. Nominees may lead or inspire students, colleagues, and the broader community to develop and utilize their talents to advance social justice. We encourage nominators to think about the nominee’s work, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice.

In 100-300 words, your nomination should respond to the following questions:

  • How has the faculty member/postdoc demonstrated their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion?
  • What have they done to change the department, unit, or university culture to be more inclusive and equitable?
  • How have they positively impacted the campus community or the wider community via U-M coursework, special projects, sponsoring independent study, research, or advising student organizations?
  • What have they done outside of their role at U-M that may be creating social change?

All faculty and postdocs in the North Campus Community are eligible for this recognition.

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Student Award

The MLK Spirit Award for Students recognizes North Campus students whose academics and/or community engagement exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King. Nominees may lead or inspire peers, faculty/staff, and the broader community to develop or utilize their talents to advance social justice. We encourage nominators to think about the nominee’s work, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice.

In 100-300 words, your nomination should respond to the following questions:

  • How has the student demonstrated their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion?
  • What have they done to change the department, unit, or university culture to be more inclusive and equitable?
  • How have they positively impacted the campus community or wider community via academic or extracurricular activities?
  • What have they done outside of their role at U-M that may be creating social change?

All students in the North Campus Community are eligible for this recognition.

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Student Organization Award

The MLK Spirit Award for student organizations recognizes North Campus student groups whose culture, values, and activities exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King. Nominees may lead or inspire peers, faculty/staff, and the broader community to develop or utilize their talents to advance social justice. We encourage nominators to think about the nominee’s work, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice. 

In 100-300 words, your nomination should respond to the following questions:

  • How has the student organization demonstrated its commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion?
  • What have they done to change the department, unit, or university culture to be more inclusive and equitable?
  • How has it positively impacted the campus community or the wider community via outreach, education, special projects or student member development?
  • What have they done outside of their role at U-M that may be creating social change? 

All registered student organizations are eligible for this recognition.
*Awards will be given to student organizations of 19 members or less and one student organization with 20 members or more.

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Staff Award

The MLK Spirit Award for Staff recognizes North Campus staff work, initiatives, and values exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King. We encourage nominators to think about the nominee’s work, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to seek social justice.

In 100-300 words, your nomination should respond to the following questions:

  • How has the staff member demonstrated their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity and inclusion?
  • What have they done to change the department, unit, or university culture to be more inclusive and equitable?
  • How have they positively impacted the campus or wider community through their particular areas of work at U-M (advising, team-building, event planning, training, support, administration, hiring, communications, etc.)?
  • What have they done outside of their role at U-M that may be creating social change? 

All staff members in the North Campus Community are eligible for this recognition.

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Special Thanks to:

North Campus Deans

  • Alec D. Gallimore, Robert J. Vlasic Dean of Engineering — College of Engineering
  • David Gier, Dean — School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Jonathan Massey, Dean — A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Carlos Francisco Jackson, Dean — Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

North Campus MLK Committee

  • Zain AbuSeir, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Eda Bozkurt, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Alex Cicalese, College of Engineering
  • Debby Covington, College of Engineering
  • Stephanie Gary, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Stephen Gonzalez, College of Engineering
  • Debra Mexicotte, ArtsEngine
  • Lyonel Milton, College of Engineering
  • Kathi Reister, Duderstadt Center
  • Nikshith Reddy Nagaraja Reddy, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Caitlin Taylor, School of Music, Theatre & Dance

The Regents of the University of Michigan

  • Jordan B. Acker
  • Michael J. Behm
  • Mark J. Bernstein
  • Paul W. Brown
  • Sarah Hubbard
  • Denise Ilitch
  • Ron Weiser
  • Katherine E. White

Sponsored by:

ArtsEngine
College of Engineering
Duderstadt Center
Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
School of Music, Theatre & Dance