University Experts


Women, Minorities, Diversity


David Pilgrim

David Pilgrim
Vice President
Diversity and Inclusion

Office Phone - (231) 591-3946

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David Pilgrim, professor of Sociology, has demonstrated a significant commitment to enhancing diversity in several vital areas. A respected author and poet, he annually assists with the University's activities in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Perhaps his most important legacy will be the Jim Crow Museum, which he established and curates. The museum is a collection of more than 4,000 racist artifacts that Dr. Pilgrim personally catalogued and donated to Ferris State, a gift worth tens of thousands of dollars.

Pilgrim was a consultant to actor Will Smith in his directorial debut in an episode of the 2006 UPN television show, "All of Us."