King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program

King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program

The Martin Luther King, Jr.-César Chávez-Rosa Parks Visiting Professors Program was created by the Michigan State Legislature in 1986 as part of the larger King-Chávez-Parks Initiative. The legislative intent of this initiative is to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students economically and academically disadvantaged in postsecondary education.

In support of this mission, the legislature created the King-Chávez-Parks Visiting Professors Program to increase the number of instructors in the classroom to provide role models for economically and academically disadvantaged students. The Visiting Professors Program provides a vital demonstration that a pool of talented academics who serve as role models to disadvantaged students does exist. Preference may not be given to visiting faculty on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

MSU has been a participant in the KCP Visiting Professors Program since its inception in 1986.