MLK Day Circle of Unity Event
MCSP leads the Circle of Unity event every MLK Day on the U-M Diag. Together with co-sponsoring organizations, MCSP invited the entire university community to join and celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. King through music, dance and spoken word. Themes of diversity, unity, peace, and racial equality were a commonality among all pieces performed at the event, headlined by Joe Reilly and Julie Beutel. Despite the snowy and chilly weather, the Circle of Unity always draws a large crowd. MCSP thanks all the support from co-sponsoring organizations, all the performers involved, and the U-M community for coming out to the event!
MCSP Well-Represented at MLK Spirit Awards
Each year, the Center for Engaged Academic Learning awards students from the schools and colleges on Central Campus who best exemplify the leadership and extraordinary vision of the civil rights leader. Students are nominated by faculty and staff from the Ross School of Business, School of Education, Scholl of Kinesiology, the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, School of Nursing, School of Pharmacy and the Ford School of Public Policy. The Selection Committee picks candidates who demonstrate inclusive communities building, social justice action, diverse community engagement, systemic injustice(s) confrontation, and racial justice commitment.
This year, many outstanding MCSPers were nominated for the award. Tosin Adeyemi, Kyra Hudson, Charlene Franke, Nyah Pierson, Adam Brodnax, Gabe Colman, Gloriela Iguina-Colon, and Tyrice Grice were students who represented MCSP in nominations. These nominees, along with friends and supporters, were invited to the award ceremony presided by U-M's Chief Diversity Officer Rob Sellers. Amanda Hopper, an MCSP alum who was previously awarded the MLK Spirit Award, was present to assist in the ceremony. Gloriela Iguina-Colon, an MCSP alum, was ultimately one of the recipients for the MLK Spirit Award. Gloriela advocates for students of color in the public policy arena, and is active in the Global Intercultural Experiences for Undergraduates program and the Program for Intergroup Relations.
Congratulations to Gloriela and all nominees!