King/Chavez/Parks Visiting Professors

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 is to stem the downward spiral of college graduation rates for students underrepresented in postsecondary education. Michigan's KCP Visiting Professors Program is intended to increase the number of underrepresented instructors in higher education institutions in the State. Preference may not be given to visiting faculty on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, gender, or national origin. Institutions should encourage applications from applicants who would otherwise not be adequately represented in the faculty

In support of this mission, the legislature created the Visiting Professors Program to increase the number of underrepresented instructors in the classroom to provide role models for underrepresented students. It has been possible for a student to complete his/her bachelor's degree without having been taught by a person who looked like him/her. The Visiting Professors Program provides a vital demonstration that a pool of talented underrepresented academics does exist.

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