MSU PLS well represented on Homecoming Court

September 19, 2023

Alyssa Konesky, Political Science senior, and Devin Woodruff, Public Policy senior, have been selected as members of the MSU Homecoming Court for 2023.

Devin WoodruffDevin is from Southfield and is minoring in Law, Justice, Public Policy & Business. His profound sense of pride and honor stems from being a member of the Homecoming Court, where he can effectively advocate for greater inclusivity and diversity at MSU, ensuring that all students feel like they belong. As an avid representative and student advocate, Devin believes they deserve the best support possible. Therefore, he hopes to promote allocating more resources towards diversity, equity, & inclusion (DEI) and student support.  

He is committed to creating a safe space on campus where students can freely express themselves, share their cultural backgrounds and showcase their identities. Devin is confident that if students feel a sense of belonging, they are more likely to thrive and graduate within the standard four or five-year timeframe. Devin cherishes the opportunity to interact with students from all over the world who come from different cultural backgrounds and have diverse viewpoints. He takes great pleasure in how the campus community unites as a Spartan family, irrespective of the situation.  

Devin's favorite spot on campus is the Botanical Garden, where he can take a moment to reflect and appreciate the beauty of nature. 

"It is truly your world. Students, don't let anyone dim your light or tell you what you can or cannot do. You have a lot more power than you may think. No one can doubt Spartans' greatness." 

Alyssa KoneskyAlyssa Konesky is an accomplished senior from Howell, Michigan, working towards two minors: Quantitative Data Analytics and German.  

As a first-generation college student, Alyssa has faced and overcome numerous challenges on her academic journey. However, it has only amplified her passion for student advocacy – the driving force behind her achievements. She takes immense pride in being a Spartan. Her ultimate goal is to create a welcoming and inclusive community, no matter the size. Throughout her time at MSU, Alyssa has passionately advocated for education and allyship to end antisemitism. She's contributed significantly to MSU's Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) Foundations, promoting the values of acceptance and coexistence within her immediate and extended communities. After graduation, she plans to continue advocating for positive change nationwide. 

Alyssa's favorite campus spot is the courtyard opposite the Union and adjacent to Cowles House. She enjoys spending time there during spring when the lush grass transforms into a breathtaking scene with many blooming flowers. It's the perfect spot to unwind and relax with friends after a long day of classes.  

"To fellow MSU students, you're doing amazing. You are loved, you are valued and you are a positive force in your communities."