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Excellence in Diversity Awards

Message from the President

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At MSU, our diverse community challenges us to share our own ideas while considering other points of view. Here, differences are assets that make us better learners, teachers, scholars, employees, and community members. 

MSU’s roots as a land-grant university have created a culture that encourages all people to contribute their special talents and reach their full potential. This inclusive culture extends far beyond the campus and does not happen without the deliberate work of each of us as members of a diverse community. 

Since 1990, the EIDA has recognized and rewarded efforts that support an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued.  Members of the MSU Community can nominate individuals, units, and organizations whose efforts reach the level of excellence essential to making MSU a welcoming and inclusive community. 

Award Nomination Categories are:

  • INDIVIDUALS – Excellence within Community
  • TEAMS – Excellence within Community
  • UNITS/ORGANIZATIONS – Excellent Progress toward Achieving Diversity and Pluralism

EIDA Nomination Awards

Up to three (3) $2,500 cash awards are available to individuals; up to three (3) $2,500 cash awards are available to teams, and up to three (3) recognition plaques are available to deserving individuals, teams, units and organizations. Special recognition and crystal awards are given to winning nominees in the “Lifetime Achievement” category.

For tips on how to prepare a strong nomination, click on this link. For assistance with preparing your nomination or if you have questions about the program, please call the EIDA program office at 517-353-4563 during the work days, Monday through Friday, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. or email us at

Students Making A Difference through Artistic Expression Awards

Up to three (3) $500 cash awards are available to winners. Students receiving honorable mention will receive certificates of recognition.

  • Visual
  • Written (original work)
  • Performance
  • Electronic medium (your work)

The deadline for submitting nominations and artistic expressions is November 16, 2015.

Nomination packets and applications/artwork must be submitted online. Artwork can be submitted in high resolution digital formats, with original pieces made available upon request by the selection team.

Now is the time to take advantage of this great opportunity to be recognized for the many efforts made by individuals, teams, units and organizations to advance diversity and inclusion at MSU and around the world. 

Thank you for your support as Michigan State University continues to work as a community to expand the world of possibilities as mandated to us, the nation’s first land-grant university.

Welcome to the 2016 EIDA Program

EIDA Nominations Information

Student Expressions Information

2016 EIDA Winners

EIDA 2016 Ceremony and Reception:

February 15, 2016

4:00pm to 6:00pm

Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center

Free and open to the public

The Kellogg Center is an accessible location.