MSU Women of Color Community

Michigan State University’s Women of Color Community or WOCC was founded in fall 2018 by members of the Institutional Diversity: Excellence in Action or IDEA coordinators team. It was established as a social, networking and professional resource for women of color on MSU’s campus. WOCC is meant to be a unifying term and is inclusive of Black, Arab, Asian, Chicana/e/x, Latina/e/x, Native, Indigenous, Pacific Islander and biracial/multiracial identities. This community is open to all administrators, faculty, academic specialists and staff colleagues.

WOCC hosts several events throughout the year including:

  • Fall Welcome
  • Annual conference
  • Book club
  • Quarterly meetings with full body and MSU Administrators

The focus of all these meetings and events is to discuss issues related to the recruitment, retention and advancement of WOCC on campus. The meetings are formatted to share the time, space and learning process equitably, so that all can participate and benefit from being together. WOCC is expanding its efforts by collaborating with other women’s communities on campus to include professional development opportunities for its members. Funding support is primarily through solicited donations and grants such as Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants or CIEG at Michigan State University.


General Body Meetings

All meetings held on Zoom

Sept. 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET

Dec. 16, 2021, 12:00 p.m. ET

Mar. 17, 2022, 12:00 p.m. ET


Meetings with Administration

All meetings held on Zoom

Meeting with Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer – Oct. 5, 2021, 9:00 a.m. ET

Meeting with Human Resources and Academic Human Resources – Oct. 11, 2021, 12:00 p.m. (ET)        

Meeting with Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer – Jan. 4, 2022, 9:00 a.m. ET     

Meeting with Vice President/Chief Diversity Officer – Apr. 5, 2022, 9:00 a.m. ET



3rd Annual WOCC Conference

Friday, Feb. 11, 2022          

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. ET 

Vritual (via Zoom)

Register at this link:

Registrations close by Jan. 28, 2022

Session information pdf


WOCC Reading Group:

Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. ET

Location: Zoom

Book: Lead from the Outside by Stacey Abrams

Thursday, Oct. 7        Chapters 1- 3 (pages 1-78)

Thursday, Oct. 28      Chapters 4-6 (pages 79-150)

Thursday, Nov. 18     Chapters 7-9 (pages 151-207)


WOCC Listserv

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2021-22 Planning Committee

Dr. Amber Benton 

Melissa Del Rio 

Audrey Bentley 

Karen Corley 

Ann Crain

Melissa Del Rio

Dominique Devereaux

Dr. Elizabeth Lyons

Dorali Rebollo

Kimberly Steed-Page

Jennifer Watson


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