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Diversity Initiatives

SVSU takes great pride in the variety of Diversity Initiatives it offers to its students, faculty, staff and the community. Listed below are many of the initiatives that are in place for the betterment of our University and surrounding area.

The Martin Luther King, Jr.-Cesar Chavez-Rosa Parks Initiatives (KCP)

Established by the Michigan Legislature in 1986, the goal of the Martin Luther King, Jr. - César Chávez - Rosa Parks (KCP) Initiative is to increase the number of Michigan's most educationally or economically disadvantaged citizens who have the opportunity to complete college degrees and experience career success as active participants in a knowledge-based global economy.

There are six unique KCP Programs designed to assist students along the academic pipeline from 7th grade through graduate work, four of which SVSU's Office of Diversity Programs actively engages:

  • KCP Future Faculty Fellowship Program--The Future Faculty Fellowship (FFF) Program provides financial support to academically or economically disadvantaged candidates pursuing faculty teaching careers in postsecondary education.
  • KCP MI GEAR-UP/The College Day Program--The Michigan Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (MI GEAR UP) is designed to increase the number of low-income students who are prepared to enter into, and succeed in, postsecondary education.  The MI GEAR UP Program partners with Michigan's fifteen (15) public universities, and valuable external community partners to provide early intervention services and a scholarship component for low-income students.  The MI GEAR UP program serves a cohort of students, beginning in the 7th grade and follows them through graduation from high school.
  • KCP Visiting Professor Program--The Visiting Professors (VP) Program provides financial support to Michigan's public universities to increase the number of traditionally underrepresented instructors in the classroom available to serve as role models for students.
  • KCP 4-S Program--The Select Student Support Services (4S) Program provides State of Michigan funding, on a competitive grant basis, to Michigan's four-year public and independent colleges and universities, to increase the graduation rates of admitted academically or economically disadvantaged students.

Sister University Relationships

  • Shikoku University, Tokushima
  • Shih Hsin University, Taiwan

Other Initiatives



  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration
  • Hispanic Heritage Celebration
  • American Indian Heritage Month
  • International Festivals
  • Black History Activities
  • Community Youth Days
  • Life After SVSU
  • LGBT Events
  • Women’s History Month
  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


  • Ruben Daniels Middle School Academy & Excellence (Math Program)
  • Club Red Campus Ambassador Program
  • Study Abroad Program
  • Great Lakes Bay Early College Program
  • University Partnerships (Charter Schools)
  • Youth In Transition Initiative
  • Roosevelt Ruffin Symposium
  • The Saginaw Promise Scholarship
  • Cardinal Military Association
  • Admissions Targeted Outreach Efforts
  • Residential Life Assistants for Inclusion

Outreach Programs

  • Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Program (OLLI)
  • SVSU African American Alumni Chapter (AAAC)
  • Saginaw Valley African American Leadership Training Institute
  • Great Lakes Bay Hispanic Leadership Institute (GLBHLI)
  • The Red Pride Giving Society
  • Cardinal Alumni Recruiting Dedicated Students (CARDS)
  • Great Lakes Bay Region Youth Leadership Institute

Contact Us
(989) 964-4068(989) 964-4068
(989) 964-2827

Dr. Mamie T. Thorns
Special Assistant
to the President
for Diversity Programs


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