Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards Ceremony

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., invites you to attend the Excellence in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Awards Ceremony celebrating individual and team contributions toward advancing DEI at MSU.

Monday, February 13, 2023

4:00 p.m.


Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center Room Big Ten C
219 S Harrison Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824 

A reception will immediately follow the ceremony

Please RSVP by Monday, February 6 (Registration has reached full capacity and is now closed. Livestream will be available below.)

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If you are not able to join us in person, you may watch the address via livestream.  


2022-23 Award Recipients

Congratulations to all the following winners who are deserving of this special award. Visit msu.edu to read about the recipients.

Individual Award:

Hilda Mejia Abreu, Associate Dean, Admissions, Student Life and Inclusivity, College of Veterinary Medicine 

Salah Hassan, Associate Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Letters; Director, Global Studies in the Arts and Humanities

Huey Wen Lin, Associate Professor, Department of Physics and Astronomy/Department of Computational Mathematics, Science and Engineering, College of Natural Science 

Alexander Redfern, Operations Supervisor III, Materials and Logistics Department, Infrastructure Planning and Facilities

Steven Thomas, Program Manager, Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate, Center for Academic and Future Faculty Excellence and Summer Research Opportunities Program, The Graduate School

Denise Troutman, Associate Professor, Department of Writing, Rhetoric and American Culture/Department of Linguistics, Languages and Cultures, College of Arts and Letters 

Team Award:

Children and Youth Institute's LGBTQIA+ Advocacy Team, MSU Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Unit Award:

W.K. Kellogg Biological Station

Lifetime Achievement Award:

Kurt Dewhurst and Marsha MacDowell

Kurt Dewhurst, Professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Letters; Director, Arts and Cultural Partnerships, Office for Public Engagment and Scholarship, and Senior Fellow, University Outreach and Engagement; Director Emeritum, MSU Museum; Curator, Folklife and Cultural Heritage, MSU Museum

Marsha MacDowell, Professor, Department of Art, Art History and Design, College of Arts and Letters; Director, Michigan Traditional Arts Program, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities; Director, The Quilt Index and Michigan Stained Glass Census, Matrix: Center for Digital Humanities and Social Sciences; Curator, MSU Museum

Dionardo Pizaña, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, MSU Extension, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources