The Diversity Research Network (DRN) grew out of the results of a qualitative research study on the work environment and experiences of underrepresented minority tenure system faculty at MSU. The study was led by Isis Settles, associate professor of psychology at MSU, with support from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and the NSF ADVANCE grant. The DRN concept is supported by the university, and in spring 2016, focus groups were conducted to gain faculty input and to further investment in the DRN.

The DRN is intended to be a support resource for enhancing research productivity, grant and publication output, and meaningful collaborative research opportunities. The initiative will provide places and spaces to network, collaborate, and improve community while supporting research activities and engagement.