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MLK Spirit Awards

2017 Central Campus Celebration*

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Awards

The Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Spirit Awards honor undergraduate students on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Nominees and awardees will be recognized in the Award Ceremony, which will highlight the various ways in which our students have worked to carry on the spirit of Dr. King. 

Eligible students must be

  • Enrolled full-time as an undergraduate student in Business, Education, Kinesiology, LSA, Nursing, Public Policy, School of Information, or the Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor for the current academic year
  • In good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA)

Nomination Process

U-M Ann Arbor faculty and staff may nominate a student for a 2017 Central Campus MLK Spirit Award by providing the information requested below along with a brief explanation (300 words) of why the nominee should receive this honor. Nominated students will subsequently be asked to submit an essay describing their work to foster equity, inclusivity, and social justice. A nominee will only be considered if their student essay is submitted by the essay deadline (typically 2 weeks after they have been nominated).

Selection Criteria

The MLK Spirit Award Selection Committee encourages nominators to consider individuals who have distinguished themselves by:

  • celebrating and promoting the worth of all human beings
  • pursuing equal rights by non-violent means
  • encouraging people of diverse cultures to live together in a spirit of love and acceptance
  • participating in community service, either on campus or beyond
  • fighting injustice in its various forms
  • building inclusive communities
  • acting as responsible and innovative leaders

The Spirit Awards Selection Committee is comprised of faculty and staff from the participating Central Campus schools and colleges.

Deadline: Monday, November 4, 2016

Please submit your nomination electronically HERE.  Paper nominations can be sent via campus mail to Denise Galarza Sepúlveda, Center for Engaged Academic Learning, 1800A East Quad, 710 E. University Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245. Questions? Contact the CEAL Director at

*Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Schools of Education, Nursing, Information, Public Policy, Business, Kinesiology, and Social Work (The Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor), as well as the College Literature, Science, & the Arts (LSA) and the Office of the Vice Provost for Equity, Inclusion, & Academic Affairs.

Organized by the Center for Engaged Academic Learning (CEAL).