On November 7, 2006, a majority of Michigan voters passed Proposal 2, an amendment to the State of Michigan Constitution that prohibits discrimination and granting of preferential treatment to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin. However, the amendment included a clause “which does not prohibit actions that must be taken to establish or maintain eligibility for any federal program, if ineligibility would result in loss of federal funds to the state.”
MSU is, and likely will continue to be, the recipient of federal funds. As a federal contractor, the university is required to develop an affirmative action plan that includes good faith efforts to recruit and hire women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Departments and units are expected to seek a diverse pool of candidates for faculty and staff positions and to select the person who best meets departmental needs without regard to race and gender. The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, working in consultation with the MSU Human Resources and Academic Human Resources, is responsible for the development and monitoring of MSU's Affirmative Action Program.