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MLK Spirit Awards (Central Campus)

The Central Campus Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Spirit Award program honors 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.

2021 MLK Award Recipients

Ronnie Alvarez
Major: Public Health Sciences
School of Public Health

Mariana Boully Perez
Major: Public Policy
Minor: History
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Julianna Collado
Major: Public Policy
Minor: Latina/o Studies
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

JC Garcia
Major: Psychology
Minor: Community Action and Social Change and Intergroup Relations
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Cydney Gardner-Brown
Major: Public Policy
Minor: African American and African Studies
Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy

Anooshka Gupta
Major: Communication and Media; Sociology
Minor: Intergroup Relations
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Bhoomika Gupta
Major: Psychology
Minor: Intergroup Relations; Business Administration
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Kathy Pham
Major: Organizational Studies; Sociology—Law, Justice, and Social Change
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Angel Phillips
Major: Economics
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Ellington Poston
Major: Psychology
Minor: Spanish
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Syd Lio Riley
Major: American Culture; Sociology; Social Work
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Aidan Sova
Major: Communication and Media
College of Literature, Science, and the Arts

Eligibility

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 2021 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 2-3 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.

Questions? lsa.uged.events@umich.edu

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

  • Nichole Burnside, School of Public Health 
  • 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 
  • Katie Richards-Schuster, School of Social Work 
  • Diana Seales, School of Social Work
  • Shannon Van Gundy, Stephen M. Ross School of Business
  • DeWoyne White, School of Kinesiology 
  • Amber Williams, School of Social Work