GRCC English Professor Celebrated with Leadership Award by Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Community Leadership



Leah Nixon

Director of Communications


July 1, 2013 GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.— A Grand Rapids Community College professor has been awarded for her outstanding leadership skills.

Mursalata Muhammad, professor in GRCC’s English department, was recognized with the Champion Leadership Skills award from the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce Center for Community Leadership on June 26 at Fredrick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park.

The Champion Leadership Skills award is given to a graduate of the Leadership Grand Rapids program who has been a model to the Center for Community Leadership, or CLL, of behaviors, perceptions, and expectations of a leader in a variety of situations, and is a person who encourages effective group management, as a leader and participant.

“Mursalata has demonstrated leadership at its best through her work with the Alpha Beta Omega Leadership Program at GRCC," said Kim McLaughlin, director of Inclusion and Community Leadership, Grand Rapids chamber. "Mursalata saw a need and moved aggressively to lead, encourage and change the lives of these young men. We are thrilled to have honored Mursalata with the 2013 Champion Leadership Award at this year’s Center for Community Leadership annual fundraiser.”

Muhammad has been teaching English at GRCC since 2001. She received her B.A. and M.A. from Oakland University, and completed graduate work at Pennsylvania State University. Currently, she is studying Leadership and Change at Antioch University. She is on the board of trustees for Cross Creek Charter School and the Specialized Language Development Center.

“I participated in the 2008 Leadership Grand Rapids program because I struggled to find a way to connect to the community, even after being here for seven years,” said Muhammad. “It was a great experience. Since then, I’ve volunteered as an LGR interviewer and hope to be part of their fall facilitator training for the Institute for Healing Racism program.”

Mursalata Muhammad will be teaching College Writing at GRCC in the fall.

Grand Rapids Community College, established in 1914, offers opportunities for more than 30,000 students annually in degree courses, certification and training programs, workshops and personal enrichment classes. GRCC holds classes on the downtown Grand Rapids campus as well as several locations throughout Kent and Ottawa counties.