The North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, staff, and faculty in North Campus schools and colleges at the University of Michigan who exemplify the leadership and vision of 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. We had hoped to host an in-person ceremony this year but have adjusted to present a virtual ceremony instead via Zoom.

North Campus Deans' MLK Spirit Awards Ceremony

Monday, January 17, 2022
6:00 – 7:00pm
Chesebrough Auditorium

The 2022 awards will be presented virtually via Zoom. Click below to watch live and find information about the winners, a list of nominees, and a recording of the ceremony shortly after the conclusion of the event!

The MLK Spirit Award for Faculty recognizes North Campus faculty 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 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 members in the North Campus Community are eligible for this recognition.

View 2020 Winning Submission Sample >>

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.

View 2020 Winning Submission Sample >>

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.

View 2020 Winning Submission Sample >>

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.

View 2020 Winning Submission Sample >>

Nominations will be accepted November 1-30, 2021.

Special Thanks

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
  • Gunalan Nadarajan, Dean – Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design

North Campus MLK Committee

  • Brian Banks, Penny W. Stamps School of Art & Design
  • Debby Covington, College of Engineering
  • Purabi Devi, College of Engineering
  • Joana Dos Santos, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Debra Mexicotte, ArtsEngine
  • Lyonel Milton, College of Engineering
  • Akesha Moore, College of Engineering
  • Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, School of Music, Theatre & Dance
  • Nathanael Nelson, A. Alfred Taubman College of Architecture + Urban Planning
  • Kathi Reister, Duderstadt Center
  • William Schultz, College of Engineering
  • Amy Tackitt, ArtsEngine
  • 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