Richardson receives 2022 MLK Spirit Award

MSE department administrator Todd Richardson received the award for innovative approaches to recruiting underrepresented minority students.
Richardson receives 2022 MLK Spirit Award

The MLK Spirit Awards are given to students, student organizations, staff, and faculty in North Campus schools and colleges who exemplify the leadership and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through their commitment to social justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion, including within the context of the pandemic and our reignited sense of urgency to address root causes of social injustice. 

In receiving a 2022 MLK Spirit Award, MSE department administrator Todd Richardson was recognized for innovative approaches to recruiting underrepresented minority students to the College of Engineering. Richardson has been a voice in the department advocating for summer research positions for students from minority-serving institutions, thereby exposing the student to U-M, as well as faculty to the potential of a student from an unranked school.

“The ultimate goal is to set up and strengthen relationships in our department with students and faculty at minority serving institutions,” Richardson commented. “This will result in an increase in diversity within our graduate student population over time.”

In working with the MSE DEI integration committee, Richardson initiated the Human First campaign, designed to recognize the commonalties in every human being. Outside of U-M, he has served as a mentor to high school-aged boys through volunteer coaching in underprivileged school systems, where he uses basketball as a pathway to inspire young men to strive to be their best in life.

All of the 2022 MLK Spirit Award winners were officially recognized in a virtual ceremony on January 17.

Congratulations, Todd!