Awards and Programs

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives coordinates several programs and initiatives that recognize the contributions of MSU faculty, staff and students to support inclusive excellence and celebrate the legacy of important figures in the fight for equality and human rights.

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MSU Juneteenth Celebration: From Freedom to Liberation

For the first time on June 19, 2021, Michigan State University hosted a university-wide and in-person celebration of Juneteenth to commemorate the freeing of enslaved African Americans in the United States.   

Join MSU's Juneteenth Celebration.

César E. Chávez Day Commemorative Celebration

Held in late March to honor the labor leader and civil rights activist’s life and work.

Learn more about Chávez and his work. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Commemorative Celebration

Held each January to celebrate Dr. King’s life and legacy.

Learn more about Dr. King and his legacy. 

Excellence in Diversity Awards

Recognizes the efforts of faculty, staff and students to create and support an inclusive campus.

Learn more about the awards. 

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Awarded to MSU students who are actively involved in social justice and equity activities in their communities.

Learn more about the scholarship. 

Racial Storytelling Workshop Series for Educators

This workshop series is grounded in conversations and understanding across racial difference and is facilitated by Dr. Lamar Johnson (College of Arts & Letters, English), and Courtney Mauldin (College of Education, K-12 Leadership and Educational Administration).

Learn about this workshop series.


2020-2021 Future Leaders Scholarship Recipients Announced by Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan

The Hispanic Latino Commission of Michigan (HLCOM) has selected the recipients of their 2020-2021 Future Leaders Scholarship program, awarding $35,000 in scholarships to 35* higher-education students of Hispanic/Latino descent currently enrolled in a Michigan-based college, university or other recognized higher education institution.

“We are committed to making sure all Michiganders have a pathway to education and economic opportunities that help them reach their full potential,” Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity Acting Director Susan Corbin said. “By providing these opportunities, we are helping these hard-working individuals on their journey to meaningful careers that offer bigger paychecks and long-term economic stability.”

Learn more about the award and see the list of winners.