About the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

At Michigan State University, we believe our differences are assets. We foster a community that respects and values a broad range of backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences and encourages and creates opportunities so all Spartans can reach their full potential educationally and professionally.

MSU has always been a forerunner and innovator, leading the way for other institutions to follow. From acknowledging the ancestral and contemporary lands of Native Americans that it occupies to its early practice of educating and hiring underrepresented minorities and women.

The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, or IDI, guides and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with MSU's core values.

Core Ideology

Our Core Values:

IDI's core values are based on the beliefs that inclusion happens only when the whole campus and community sees it as their responsibility, and that you can’t have true excellence without inclusion. A unit culture of respect, trust, authenticity and excellence.

  • Collaboration — We all see purpose in being here, we engage all voices, welcoming them with dignity and respect.
  • Camaraderie — Cooperative, supportive, counting on each other.
  • Courageous — Able to take risks, to not compromise on, to follow through.
  • Commitment — Seeing things through; going the extra mile, when people come to us they know what they’re getting and can count on us to deliver.
  • Growth — Development, education, shared interest in each other’s growth, learn from each other.

Our Core Purpose:

To advance MSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities in partnership with and in support of executive and administrative leaders, faculty, staff, students and alumni.


MSU will be recognized as a national leader in the advancement of knowledge by the most diverse and exemplary cadre of students, trainees, faculty, staff, and alumni who transform lives through equitable teaching, research, scholarship and practice.
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DEI Scorecard

The DEI scorecard tracks over 200 action items institutionally over time, showing how MSU is advancing strategic initiatives across 12 action teams and driving organizational change.

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Cover page of the 2022-23 annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report

Annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report 

The annual Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report tracks the advancement of institutional DEI strategic goals and diversity data.

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Strategic Initiatives

IDI leads broad campus-wide initiatives to become a national leader in increasing diversity, promoting inclusion, ensuring equity and eliminating disparities on our campus and beyond.

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DEI Achievements Across MSU

The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion recognizes MSU's DEI efforts in colleges, departments and units across campus occuring throughout the year.

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Our Diverse and Inclusive Heritage

MSU was founded on the ideals of making a quality education accessible, and for more than 160 years, our pioneering spirit has remained strong.

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Our Commitment: Fostering a culture of safety & respect

Our Commitment

MSU is committed to cultivating a safe and inclusive campus community characterized by caring and respect for others.

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