MLK Spirit Awards


The 2017 North Campus Deans’ MLK Spirit Awards Ceremony & Reception
Monday, January 16, 2017
6:00 – 8:00 PM
Registration Begins at 5:30 PM 
Chesebrough Auditorium, 2121 Bonisteel Blvd.

The College of EngineeringStamps School of Art & Design, Taubman College of Architecture & Urban Planning, and the School of Music, Theatre & Dance (SMTD) will be hosting the annual North Campus Deans’ Martin Luther King Spirit Awards Program as part of the University of Michigan’s MLK Symposium to honor and commemorate the life and legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The Martin Luther King Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, and faculty members at the University of Michigan North Campus who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. King through their commitment to social justice, diversity, and inclusion. In addition to these awards, we will also be honoring Provost Martha Pollack and Professor June Thomas with Special Awards

More MLK Sponsored Events by North Campus Schools

School of Art & Design
January 16, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Duderstadt Gallery, The Duderstadt 
Stamps in Color Exhibition: Redefining Identity is an exhibition hosted by Stamps in Color (SiC), a student-led organization dedicated to increasing the creative, social, and professional opportunities of peers, faculty, and staff of color at the Stamps School of Art & Design. This event seeks to reject/reveal/debunk society’s definitions of identity and replace it with one’s own through a variety of mediums that feature work created by undergraduate and graduate students from the School of Art & Design and across campus.

School of Music, Theatre & Dance
January 22, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00 PM in Museum Apse, The University Michigan Museum of Art 
SMTD@UMMA: The Star-Spangled Banner: Transformation, Translation, Amnesia & Remembrance, led by School of Music, Theatre & Dance Professor Mark Clague, will explore how the processes of translation and transformation comprise a portrait of the nation, past and present in this lecture-recital-discussion featuring tales from the song’s history, interspersed with live performance. The University of Michigan Museum of Art’s (UMMA) exhibition “Traces: Reconstructing the History of a Chokwe Mask” similarly recovers the stories of a Chokwe mask that was collected  in 1905 in Angola and looks at how its meaning and value have changed over the course of its journey through many hands to UMMA’s African collection. Prior to the concert, remarks from Traces curator Laura De Becker, will invite us to consider the relationship we have with objects—whether they be songs or masks—in ways both real and symbolic. 

Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach, College of Engineering
January 24, 2017, 4:00 – 5:30 PM in Rackham Auditorium, Rackham Graduate School
Center for Engineering Diversity & Outreach Presents: Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race. She will discuss race, gender, science, the history of technology while explaining the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to American innovation while pursuing the American Dream. 

  • Margot Lee Shetterly will also have a  Fireside Chat Reception & Book Signing in Stamps Auditorium, Walgreen Drama Center at 7:00 PM.

For more information about these events and other events across the University, please click here.
To see pictures from previous years, please click here. 

2016-2017 MLK Spirit Awards Committee Members 

Debbie Taylor
Brian Banks
School of Art & Design
Meghan Lee
School of Architecture & Urban Planning
Freyja Harris
School of Music, Theatre & Dance
Kurt Hill
College of Engineering
Kathi Reister
Duderstadt Center
Michelle Kydd
Community Coordinator
William Schultz
Mechanical Engineering
Debby Mitchell
College of Engineering
Cynthia Sanchez
CEDO Intern
Monique Ellis
CEDO Intern
Eric Heilmeier
University Unions