Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

MLK Spirit Awards (Central Campus)

MLK Spirit Awards Ceremony

Saturday, January 28, 2023
2:00–3:30 p.m. | Weiser Hall, 10th Floor

A live-stream of the event will begin at 2:10 p.m. Ceremony program to be posted soon!

RSVP is now closed.

The Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award program honors undergraduate students from central campus schools and colleges who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Nominees and awardees will be recognized at this award ceremony which will highlight the various ways in which our students have worked to carry on the spirit of Dr. King.

Nomination Information - Eligibility and Process


Eligible students must be enrolled full-time as undergraduate student in a central campus program, including:

  • Business
  • Dentistry
  • Education
  • Information
  • Kinesiology
  • Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Social Work (CASC)

Nominated students must be in good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA).

Nomination Process

U-M Ann Arbor faculty and staff may nominate a student for a Central Campus MLK Spirit Award by providing the information requested below in the nomination form including 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 4-5 weeks after they have been nominated).

Selection Criteria

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

  • Building inclusive communities and equitable spaces
  • Pursuing social justice by challenging oppressive norms
  • Engaging with diverse communities to promote cross-cultural collaboration
  • Confronting systemic injustice(s)
  • Commitment to racial justice

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


Co-sponsored by the University of Michigan Schools of Education, Nursing, Information, Kinesiology, Public Policy, Public Health, Business, and Social Work (Community Action and Social Change Undergraduate Minor), as well as the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LSA) and the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.

MLK Spirit Awards Planning Committee

  • Thomas Bell, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • Anthony Berryhill, Pharmacy
  • Patricia Coleman-Burns, School of Nursing
  • Shannon Davis, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Susan Guindi, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
  • Devon Keen, School of Information
  • Kelly Maxwell, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts
  • Henry Meares, School of Education
  • Whitney Peoples, School of Public Health
  • Diana Seales, School of Social Work
  • DeWoyne White, School of Kinesiology

Past Awardee Messages

Click below for full playlist of alumni messages. 

Sponsoring Schools and Colleges