King Chávez Parks Visiting Professors Program

King Chavez Parks Visiting Professor Program
King Chavez Parks Visiting Professor Program


The Martin Luther King, Jr., César Chávez, Rosa Parks (KCP) Visiting Professors Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986.  The intent of the program is to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students economically and academically disadvantaged in postsecondary education.

Michigan’s KCP VP Program desires to increase the number of instructors in the classroom to provide role models for economically and academically disadvantaged students. Preference may not be given to visiting faculty on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender or national origin. Speakers who would otherwise not be adequately represented at EMU are encouraged.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate individual Visiting Professors who capture the mission of the KCP Visiting Professors Program.  


  • Visiting Professor or speaker’s topic must align with VP mission.
  • Financial match (50%) by sponsoring department/office
  • Priority is given to courses/presentations that encourage attendance by students from economically and academically disadvantaged communities
  • Sponsoring departments are encouraged to involve students from other KCP programs, including Future Faculty Fellows, 4S and GEAR UP

Nominations and Deadlines

Nominations for the fall 2023, winter 2024, and summer 2024 semesters are open. Selection and awards will be evaluated and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis.

If interested, please apply through InfoReady.

Questions may be directed to the Graduate School at 734.487.0042 or email [email protected].

The King-Chávez-Parks (KCP) Visiting Professors Program (VP) of Eastern Michigan University is funded by the State of Michigan's Workforce Development Agency and administered through the Graduate School.

Past KCP Visiting Professors

  • Tyran Steward, Assistant Professor of History at Williams College and EMU History Alumnus
  • Justin Hansford, law professor at Howard University and executive director of the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center
  • Yamiche Alcindor, PBS White House Correspondent and national authority on U.S. politics
  • Marc Lamont Hill, Author, "Nobody: Casualties of America's War on the Vulnerable, from Ferguson to Flint and Beyond"
  • Lani Guinier, Civil Rights Theorist
  • Chris Campanioni, First Generation American Writer, "Death of Art"
  • Jonathon Kozol, Author, "Savage Inequalities" Children in American Schools"
  • Carol Mosley Braun, Forner United States Senator - Civil Rights Activist

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