Since 2017, Michigan State University has hosted an annual Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony. Organized by the Office of University Outreach and Engagement, the ceremony honors and shines a light on exemplary high-quality community-engaged scholarship and university outreach activities through a number of recognitions programs. The awards are a statement that Michigan State University deeply values, encourages, and celebrates the accomplishments of its faculty, staff, students, and partners in community engagement. 

2022 MSU Outreach and Engagement Awards Ceremony

February 24, 2022 | 4:30 – 6:00 p.m.

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2022 Award Recipients

Spartan Volunteer Service Awards 

  • Representative Recipients: Shanawar Lone, College of Law; Elizabeth Sachs, College of Law; Amir Tavakoli, College of Natural Science; Alexandra Wallman, College of Natural Science

2022 Graduate Student Award for Community Engagement Scholarship

  • Recipients: Sharieka Botex, College of Arts and Letters; Wilfredo Flores, College of Arts and Letters; Kayleigh Ward, College of Social Science
  • Commendations: Zoe Hansen, College of Natural Science; Debra Lynn Miller, College of Social Science; Ji Youn Shin, College of Communication Arts and Sciences

2022 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Service 

  • Recipient: Critical Connections: Broadband Access, Student Learning Outcomes, and Community Development
    Johannes M. Bauer and Keith N. Hampton, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, with Merit Network, Inc.; Eastern Upper Peninsula Intermediate School District; Mecosta Osceola Intermediate School District; St. Clair County Regional Educational Service Agency; Washtenaw County, Michigan; Southwest Michigan Planning Commission 

2022 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Teaching 

  • Recipient: Bias Busters Faith-based Cultural Competence Guides: An Interfaith Publishing Alliance
    Joe Grimm, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, with InterFaith Leadership Council of Metropolitan Detroit 

2022 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Creative Activity 

  • Recipient: Archivo de Respuestas Emergencias de Puerto Rico
    Christina Boyles, College of Arts and Letters, with JunteGente; Operation Blessing; Comedores Sociales de Puerto Rico; El Puente - Latino Climate Action Network; Instituto Transdisciplinario de Investigación - Acción Social (ITIAS); Universidad de Puerto Rico - Río Piedras; Universidad de Puerto Rico – Mayagüez; Digital Library of the Caribbean

2022 Distinguished Partnership Award for Community-Engaged Research 

  • Recipient: Advocacy and Other Community Tactics to Challenge Barriers to HIV Care for Gay and Bisexual Men and Transgender Women (Project ACT)
    Robin Lin Miller, College of Social Science, with MPact Global Action for Gay Men’s Health and Rights

2022 Institutional Champion Award for Community Engagement Scholarship

  • Recipient: Stephen L. Esquith, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities

2022 Community Engagement Scholarship Lifetime Achievement Award

  • Recipient: Gordon Henry, Jr., College of Arts and Letters

2022 Awards Ceremony Video of the Event


Past Ceremonies

Programs and other materials from past ceremonies are available at the links below.