Education Partners

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives partners with experts from across campus on diversity and inclusion education efforts. Read the list below to see the range of topics our partners have expertise in, and email to request a workshop.

Dr. Farha Abbassi

Assist. Professor

Department of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: Mental health, Minority Mental Health/Muslim Mental Health, Immigrants/Refugee Mental Health, Faith leaders Mental Health, Addiction/Substance Abuse, Wellness/Positive Psychology, Cultural Sensitivity/Humility
Dr. Hilda Mejia Abreu

Assist. Dean Divers., Inclusion

College of Veterinary Medicine
Areas of Expertise: Designing Diversity and Inclusion Strategic Planning, Diversity, Inclusion and Leadership

Dr. Dorinda Carter Andrews

Assistant Dean

Dept. of Teacher Education

Areas of Expertise: Microaggressions, Equity in K-12 Education

Dr. Yael Aronoff

Associate Professor

James Madison College

Areas of Expertise: Identifying & Combating Anti-Semitism

Dr. María Isabel Ayala

Assistant Professor

Department of Sociology

Chicano/Latino Studies

Areas of Expertise: Latinas/os’ Educational Attainment, Racialized Experiences in Higher Education, Latina/os International Migration and Transnationalism, Latinas/os in the United States, Structural Inequalities and Families, Racial and Ethnic Relations in the United States, Race and Ethnicity in Latin America

Dr. NiCole Buchanan

Associate Professor

Department of Psychology

Areas of Expertise: Implicit Bias, Psychological Effects of Oppression
Sharon Chia Claros

Assoc. Dir. Diversity, Inclusion

Res. Ed. & Housing Services
Areas of Expertise: Race, Sexuality, Gender, Intersectionality

Dr. Amy DeRogatis


Dept. of Religious Studies

Areas of Expertise: Religion

Dr. Mohammad Khalil

Associate Professor

Dept. of Religious Studies

Areas of Expertise: Islam, Islamophopbia
Dionardo Pizaña

Diversity Specialist

MSU Extension
Areas of Expertise: Multicultural Self-Awareness, Leadership in Dealing with Difficult Multicultural Discussions, Exploring Cultural Competency for Personal, Organizational and Community Change


The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives also partners with other offices across MSU's campus on educational offerings, including those listed below.

Prevention, Outreach and Education Department

Areas of Expertise: Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct, including Sexual Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Stalking
The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center Areas of Expertise: Sexuality, Gender

Office for International

Students & Scholars

Areas of Expertise: Intercultural Communication