Past Award Recipients

Complete list of award recipients from 1990-2019.

2020-21 Awards 

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • Amber Benton, Director of Diversity Programming & Student Engagement, James Madison College
  • Laura Scales, Academic Specialist, Department of Theatre
  • Quentin Tyler, Associate Dean and Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources 

Individual Award: Sustained Efforts toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Susan Ewart, Professor, Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Dave Weatherspoon, Professor, Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics Department and Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies, Office of the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education

Team Award: Emerging Progress

Team Award: Sustained Efforts toward Excellence in Diversity

Organization Award: Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community

2019-20 Awards

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • Kendra Pyle, Academic Specialist, Advising, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
  • Kate Sonka, Specialist Teacher-Continuing, Academic Technology

Individual Award: Sustained Efforts toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Richard Bryce, Assistant Professor, Department of Family and Community Medicine
  • Javier Pescador, Professor, Department of History

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Wanda Lipscomb, Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion and Associate Dean for Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, College of Human Medicine

Team Award: Emerging Progress

  • Project Biodiversify, Plant Biology, College of Natural Science

Team Award: Emerging Progress

  • R-Ladies East Lansing, Pathobiology and Diagnostics Investigation, Institute for Cyber-Enabled Research

Unit Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities, Michael HudsonDirector

Organization Award: Excellent Progress Toward Advancing Diversity Within Community

  • Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff, Office of the Executive Vice President for Administration

2018-19 Awards

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • David Biedenbender, assistant professor, College of Music
  • Obafemi Elegbede, doctoral student, Department of Community Sustainability
  • Patricia Jaimes, graduate student, Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Sumaya Malas, undergraduate student, James Madison College and College of Arts & Letters
  • David Rothstein, professor, director, Graduate Studies, Department of Forestry

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Robert Brown, associate director, Center for Community and Economic Development, University Outreach and Engagement

Unit Award: Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community

  • Center for Research in Autism, Intellectual, and other Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (C-RAIND)

Unit Award: Excellent Progress toward Diversity Collaboration

  • Infrastructure, Planning and Facilities

2017-18 Awards

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • Demetrice Jordan, doctoral student, Environmental Science and Spatial Sciences, College of Social Science
  • Gerena Walker, undergraduate student, Social Relations and Policy, James Madison College
  • Hilda Mejia Abreu, assistant dean, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Admissions and Scholarships, College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Carina Mendoza, fourth year medical student, College of Human Medicine

Individual Award: Sustained Effort toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Florene McGlothian-Taylor, Sergeant, Inclusion and Anti-Bias Unit, MSU Police Department
Unit Award: Excellent Progress toward Diversity Collaboration
  • Engineering Diversity Programs Office, College of Engineering
  • Honors College

Individual Award:  Advancing Global Competency: Excellent Performance in Research and Teaching

  • Michael Largey, professor, Ethnomusicology, College of Music

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Kent Workman, Academic Specialist-Advisor, Lyman Briggs College

2016-17 Awards

Students Making a Difference Through Artistic Expression Award

  • Gonzalo Garrido-Lecca, doctoral student, music composition, College of Music
  • Sarah Palermo, masters student, music composition, College of Music
  • Michael K. Wilson, doctoral student, African American and African studies, College of Arts and Letters

Honorable Mention

  • Tutilo Mudumba, doctoral student, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Visual)
  • Mary Peacock, masters student, studio art, College of Arts and Letters (Visual)
  • John A. Smith, doctoral student, music performance, College of Music (Performance)
  • Montgomery Smith, freshman, Lyman Briggs College (Visual)

Individual Award: Emerging Progress

  • Mohammad Hassan Khalil, associate professor of religious studies, director of Muslim Studies Program

Individual Award: Sustained Effort Toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Judi Brown Clarke, diversity director, Bio/Computational Evolution in Action Consortium
  • Deanna Hurlbert, director, LBGT Resource Center
  • Jeffrey Wray, professor, Department of English, College of Arts and Letters

Team Award: Emerging Progress

  • Spartan Project SEARCH, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology and Special Education, College of Education

Team Award: Sustained Effort Toward Excellence in Diversity

  • Ecological-Community Psychology, Department of Psychology, College of Social Science

Unit Award: Excellent Progress Toward Diversity Collaboration

  • Native American Institute, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Individual Award: Lifetime Achievement

  • Eunice Foster, professor, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

2015-16 Awards

Individuals: Emerging Progress
  • Alyssa Hadley Dunn
    Assistant Professor, Teacher Education, College of Education
  • Catherine Feirer
    Senior, Advertising, College of Communication Arts and Sciences
  • Joshua Palkki
    Doctor of Philosophy, Music Education, College of Music
  • Raven J. Stanbrough
    Doctor of Philosophy, Curriculum, Instruction, and Teacher Education

TEAMS

Emerging Progress

  • MSU Adaptive Sports and Recreation Club

UNITS

Excellent Progress Toward Diversity Collaboration

  • Urban Immersion Fellowship Program
    College of Education

STUDENTS MAKING A DIFFERENCE THROUGH ARTISTIC EXPRESSION

  • Joyce-Zoe Farley, Second-year doctoral student, African American and African Studies, “EnVISIONing and Remembering Sankofa in NYC: A digital photo project that examines memory, time, place, forgetting and African American history in New York City”

HONORABLE MENTION

  • Arthur Muneza, Master’s Candidate, Fisheries and Wildlife, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources,“The Plight of Wildlife in the East African Region and the Effects of Conservation Methods”