Excellence in Diversity Awards

Annual Awards Ceremony

February 14, 2019 • 4:00 p.m. • Kellogg Center, Big Ten A

The awards will be presented at the annual Excellence in Diversity Awards Program and Reception, scheduled for February 14, 2019, at 4:00 p.m. at the Kellogg Center, Big Ten A. The event is free and open to the public.

Awards Booklet

Program Booklet (sized for web)

2018-19 EIDA Winners

Individual-Emerging Progress 

David Biedenbender
Dr. David T. Biedenbender
, assistant professor, College of Music

Obafemi Elegbede
Dr. Obafemi Elegbede
, recent Ph.D. graduate of the Department of Community Sustainability, College of Social Science

Patricia Jaimes

Ms. Patricia Jaimes, graduate student in the Department of Earth and Environmental Studies, College of Natural Science

Sumaya Malas
Ms. Sumaya Malas, undergraduate triple major in comparative cultures and politics and international relations in James Madison College, and Arabic, College of Arts & Letters

David Rothstein
Dr. David Rothstein, professor, director of graduate studies, Department of Forestry, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Arthur Ward
Dr. Arthur Ward, academic specialist, Lyman Briggs College



Unit-Excellent Progress toward Advancing Diversity within Community

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


Unit-Excellent Progress toward Diversity Collaboration 

Members of Infrastructure Planning and Facilities' Leadership Team
Infrastructure Planning and Facilities (IPF)

Lifetime Achievement

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


The Excellence in Diversity Awards recognize and reward the efforts of MSU faculty, staff, and students to create and support an environment where diversity and inclusion are valued. 

Members of the MSU community can nominate individuals, units, and organizations for their work toward inclusive excellence.

The deadline for 2018-19 award nominations has passed.

Community Letter for 2018-2019 Awards Program

Learn more about the eligibility guidelines and how to submit a nomination packet. >