MLK Awards

The Office of Government Relations is pleased to announce that we have opened the nominations for the 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award. The Humanitarian Award recognizes individuals from within the University and the surrounding community who exemplify the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The award will be presented to the recipient(s) at the Martin Luther King, Jr. President’s Luncheon on Monday, January 21, 2019.

The criteria for the selection of recipient(s) of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian Award include:

  • A faculty or staff member within the University community or an individual of the broader community.
  • A person who exemplifies the values and ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., specifically in the areas of advocacy, leadership and service.
  • A person who has made a significant contribution to the University and/or broader community.

Completed nomination materials must include an award application, a letter of nomination, at least two letters of support, and the resume/CV of the nominee. All materials must be received by Thursday, November 15, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. to the EMU Office of Government Relations   (207 Welch Hall, Ypsilanti, MI 48197) or via e-mail at

Only completed nominations will be considered. Late nominations will not be accepted. For a list of previous MLK Humanitarian Award winners, click here. For more details about the Humanitarian Award or any of the other awards that will be presented during EMU’s MLK Celebration, please see the official EMU MLK website at


The President’s 33rd annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Luncheon will be on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in the Student Center Grand Ballroom. Following the luncheon each year is a keynote address that takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium. We are very excited to announce that this year’s keynote speaker will be Keith Boykin, CNN political commentator, New York Times best-selling author, and former White House aide to President Bill Clinton. We look forward to acknowledging and celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the luncheon. This year’s theme – “We The People: Standing Against Injustice” – underscores the need to address social injustices in an honest and thought-provoking way. This year’s luncheon will highlight civic engagement, and raise funds to support student scholarships as well as diversity, equity and inclusion programming at EMU. For more information about the President’s Luncheon, please see the official EMU MLK website at

Campus Visit with the Detroit Leadership Academy

On Friday, November 16th, 2018 the EMU Government Relations Office was pleased to host a group of juniors and seniors from the Detroit Leadership Academy with former State Representative Derrick Hale for a campus visit. The day included a tour of our EMU Athletics facilities, Admissions Center presentation and tour, and a luncheon with special visits from Swoop, EMU student leader Ethan Smith, and Dr. Doris Fields, Director of Undergraduate Studies here at EMU.


EMU Day in Lansing

Each spring, the Government Relations Office hosts EMU Day in Lansing, where groups of EMU faculty, staff, students, and alumni meet with state legislators regarding pressing issues of the state and EMU. Last year, 47 meetings took place with state legislators and their staffs, and 62 Eastern Michigan students, faculty, staff, and alumni volunteered for the day. If you're interested in participating in the next EMU Day in Lansing on Tuesday, March 19, please email the Government Relations Office at

  • - The EMU Choir performs during EMU Day in Lansing in the Capitol’s Rotunda, led by Choir Director, Brandon Johnson.

  • - Student Alexa Cooley, Alumna Annette Johnson, and Student Body Vice President Larry Borum engage in a discussion with Michigan’s legislators at EMU Day in Lansing.

  • - President James Smith and Representative Ronnie D. Peterson pose with Swoop at the EMU Day in Lansing Luncheon.

  • - Representative Tenisha Yancey, EMU Alumna, and Swoop get their photo taken together during the EMU Day in Lansing Luncheon.

  • - The EMU Choir smiles as they finish their premier performance for EMU Day in Lansing with President James Smith.

  • - Representative Jeff Noble smiles for a photo with Swoop during EMU Day in Lansing.

  • - Representative Joseph N. Bellino, Jr. talks with EMU student, Larry Borum, and EMU staff member Malverne Winborne during a meeting for EMU Day in Lansing.