Encouraging & Recognizing Service

The SVSU Board of Control first adopted a “Statement on Cultural Diversity” in 1991, within that statement read "... the University must reaffirm its commitment to equality of opportunity by creating and nurturing, by leadership and example, an environment of genuine understanding and appreciation for differences among peoples..."  Through service, leadership and outreach programming, SVSU is delivering on this objective.

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Profiles in Leadership

Our Initiatives

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KCP Future Faculty Fellowship

The FFF Program provides financial support to Michigan’s public universities to increase the number of traditionally under-represented instructors in the classroom available as role models for students.


Great Lakes Bay Region Youth Leadership Institute

HS students, SVSU student mentors + corporate/community volunteers together in training by nationally-trained facilitators

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Ruben Daniels Community Service Award

Named in honor of Mr. Ruben Daniels, whose life exemplified the highest recognition of employee community involvement and service.


Roosevelt Ruffin Diversity Award

Created to promote diversity by recognizing individuals/groups at SVSU demonstrating outstanding leadership & creativity in diversity.

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Visiting Professor Program

Stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education.

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