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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report

June 20, 2022 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Report provides an overview of the compositional diversity of MSU students, staff and faculty and DEI initiatives occurring across campus. This year's report is a compilation of data and brief descriptive narratives for the academic years 2020-21 and 2021-22.

MSU Juneteenth Celebration

MSU Juneteenth Celebration

June 7, 2022 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

Join the campus community for the second annual commemorative celebration of Juneteenth at the Breslin Center.

The MSU community is invited to attend an additional Multicultural Center Community Engagement Session

The MSU community is invited to attend an additional Multicultural Center Community Engagement Session

May 31, 2022

The MSU community is invited to join an additional Multicultural Center Community Engagement Session with SmithGroup designers, Monteil Crawley and Julian Arrington, on June 15.

Name and pronoun systems update

Name and pronoun systems update

May 26, 2022

MSU endorses enterprise system modifications to offer names and pronouns self-identification options.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's May Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's May Letter

May 10, 2022 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

While spring was late to arrive, the end of the 2021-22 academic year was not and brought many celebratory activities and advancements in diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI. 

Audrey Bentley receives Trailblazer Award

Audrey Bentley receives Trailblazer Award

May 2, 2022 - Henry Mochida

On March 29, Michigan State University’s Department of Police and Public Safety hosted their first Women’s History Month Bazaar steered by Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Captain Florene McGlothian-Taylor and Human Resources Administrator Crystal Perry.

Matthew J. Olovson, J.D., appointed as director of equity and compliance

Matthew J. Olovson, J.D., appointed as director of equity and compliance

May 2, 2022

On April 4, Matthew J. Olovson, J.D., joined the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion as the director of equity and compliance. Olovson works to ensure adherence to equal opportunity laws and related university programs and policies. He will be responsible for designing and administering strategic plans to attain diversity goals, equity in practice and markers of inclusive excellence. 

Evette Chavez joins as fiscal and human resources officer

Evette Chavez joins as fiscal and human resources officer

May 2, 2022

On March 21, Evette Chavez joined the Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion as the fiscal and human resources officer. She works closely with staff and community partners regarding fiscal and human resources matters.

All-Gender Restroom Design Study

All-Gender Restroom Design Study

April 11, 2022

The All-Gender Restroom Design Study is a stakeholder initiative to ensure equitable and inclusive restroom access at Michigan State University. The study will identify parameters for the initial scope and serve as a guide for future improvement projects.

2022 MSU César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration

2022 MSU César Chávez & Dolores Huerta Commemorative Celebration

March 29, 2022

Each year, the Michigan State University, Greater Lansing, and East Lansing communities gather at MSU to honor the legacy of two of the most prominent U.S. labor leaders and civil rights activists, César E. Chávez and Dolores Huerta.

DEI Strategic Theme Subcommittee

DEI Strategic Theme Subcommittee

March 17, 2022

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. provides an update on the diversity, equity and inclusion implementation planning to set Michigan State University on a course to formulate and deliver actionable plans in the coming year.

The MSU community is invited to attend the Multicultural Center Community Engagement Sessions

The MSU community is invited to attend the Multicultural Center Community Engagement Sessions

March 8, 2022

The MSU community is invited to join both of the Multicultural Center Community Engagement Sessions with SmithGroup designers, Monteil Crawley and Julian Arrington, on March 16 and 31.

MSU thanks Dr. Amber Benton for her critical leadership

MSU thanks Dr. Amber Benton for her critical leadership

March 1, 2022 - Henry Mochida

On Feb. 14, Dr. Amber Benton started in her new role as Chief Officer for Diversity Equity and Inclusion at the School of Music Theatre and Dance at the University of Michigan.

Save the Date: IDI Speaker Series launches March 24

Save the Date: IDI Speaker Series launches March 24

March 1, 2022 - Henry Mochida

Join the first event on March 24 featuring Professor Dorinda Carter Andrews titled, "A Way Forward in Practice: The Myth and Misconceptions about Teaching Race and Racism."

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's March Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's March Letter

March 1, 2022 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

As my letter has been reflective of past, current, and upcoming events, I would like to start by acknowledging the recent ongoing bomb threats against Historically Black Colleges and Universities or HBCUs.

Transforming MSU Playwrighting Cohort creates space for student expression

Transforming MSU Playwrighting Cohort creates space for student expression

March 1, 2022 - Henry Mochida

"I find that relaying social justice information through arts and culture, tends to be the most provocative, informative and engaging work," said Crystal Bernard, senior at James Madison College.

DRN Virtual Researcher's Workshop a Success

DRN Virtual Researcher's Workshop a Success

February 22, 2022 - Greg Teachout

The Researcher’s Workshop went virtual for the first time this year to great success.

Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at MSU

Five Ways to Celebrate Black History Month at MSU

February 8, 2022 - Henry Mochida

This year's celebration of Black History Month is about fortifying in the here and now. The celebration seeks to disrupt the erasure of the contributions of Black people, Africans and African Americans in the United States while offering an invitation for others to bear witness.

Lunar New Year is a multicultural celebration

Lunar New Year is a multicultural celebration

February 1, 2022 - Jeffrey Tsang

APIDA/AFSA leader, Jeffrey Tsang shares reflections on the spring festival. "We say Lunar New Year because we need to be inclusive of all the communities that celebrate the new year," said Tsang.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's January Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's January Letter

January 11, 2022 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

January is a time for renewal that is customarily filled with new year’s resolutions. So, I extend best wishes for greater self-preservation, wellness, less fatigue and more connection!

2022 MLK Celebration Features Jazz, Community Conversation, Art Festival

2022 MLK Celebration Features Jazz, Community Conversation, Art Festival

January 11, 2022 - Henry Mochida and Greg Teachout

The public is encouraged to attend the collection of events occurring throughout the week.

DEI Graduate Certificate pilot launches successfully

DEI Graduate Certificate pilot launches successfully

January 11, 2022 - Henry Mochida

Doctoral students Melissa Yzaguirre and Gia Casaburo in the College of Social Science launch the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Graduate Certificate pilot program funded by Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants.

About the name change

About the name change

January 10, 2022 - Henry Mochida

On January 17, 2022, the office will have a new name: Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion or IDI for short.

Welcome Jade Richards

Welcome Jade Richards

January 10, 2022 - Patricia Stewart

Jade comes to the team from her role in MSU Extension where she served as a mental health program instructor and facilitated many of the Mental Health First Aid workshops.

MLK Community Conversation

MLK Community Conversation

January 7, 2022 - Eduardo Olivo and Karen Stowell

To align with safety precautions, the MLK Community Unity Dinner has been canceled and shifted to a virtual program, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Conversation. The webinar will take place January 17, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for the event on Zoom.

UPDATED: MLK Community Unity Dinner shifts to virtual

UPDATED: MLK Community Unity Dinner shifts to virtual

December 21, 2021 - Eduardo Olivo, Henry Mochida

To align with safety precautions, the MLK Community Unity Dinner has been canceled and shifted to a virtual program, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Conversation. The webinar will take place on January 17, 2022, 3:00-4:30 p.m. ET. Register for the event on Zoom.

Give books, grow hope: stuff the library for MSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

Give books, grow hope: stuff the library for MSU’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

December 8, 2021 - Erica Venton, Kelly Mazurkiewicz

The Michigan State University Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration Planning Committee is hosting a virtual Stuff the Library event as a component of the 42nd week-long Annual Celebration. This year, the celebration will take place Sunday, Jan. 16 - Friday, Jan. 21, 2022. Leading up to this week-long event, the committee is partnering with Detroit Public Schools to fill libraries with books on topics of social justice and with characters representing diverse backgrounds.

Thanksgiving – a Complex Tradition – Impacts Students in Different Ways

Thanksgiving – a Complex Tradition – Impacts Students in Different Ways

November 24, 2021 - Henry Mochida

For many Native Americans, the Pilgrims’ entry into their homeland was a day of mourning, rather than a moment of giving thanks. This notion of the holiday is at odds with how it has been celebrated (and taught) as a time to express gratitude in the spirit of peacefully sharing culture and food with loved ones.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's November Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's November Letter

November 2, 2021 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. recaps the months’ diversity, equity and inclusion news.

DRN Reception at Cowles House

DRN Reception at Cowles House

November 1, 2021 - Henry Mochida

Diversity Research Network hosts the 2021 Fall Reception at Cowles House. Photography by Derrick Turner.

Costume Selection Matters

Costume Selection Matters

October 25, 2021 - Henry Mochida, Beth Brauer and Bethany Balks

For many visible and invisible identities, Halloween summons more than ghouls and goblins. While most think of Halloween as a time to dress in costume and celebrate all things spooky, it also can become a breeding ground for racist, sexist, culturally insensitive and biased behaviors.

Welcome to Dr. Terrence Frazier as Special Assistant

Welcome to Dr. Terrence Frazier as Special Assistant

September 9, 2021 - Henry Mochida

Frazier will focus on the implementation of the DEI Steering Committee report. He will be bringing stakeholders together from across campus (faculty, staff and students) to support the four strategic goals with the twenty-seven recommendations within the report. 

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's September Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer's September Letter

September 9, 2021 - Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. recaps the months’ diversity, equity and inclusion news.

Audrey Bentley: a Profile in Dedication

Audrey Bentley: a Profile in Dedication

September 8, 2021 - Annie Dubois

Behind the scenes of every celebration of diversity, equity, and inclusion at MSU, there stands an exceptional leader — her name is Audrey Bentley.

Fall 2021 Welcome Letter

Fall 2021 Welcome Letter

August 27, 2021

When we come back together this semester, we must do so with empathy, grace and compassion, acknowledging that many feel anxious and vulnerable after such a challenging year.

Welcome to DEI Communications Manager

Welcome to DEI Communications Manager

July 7, 2021

In February, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives welcomed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Communications Manager Henry Mochida to Michigan State University.

DRN Writing and Retreat Photo Essay

DRN Writing and Retreat Photo Essay

July 7, 2021

Diversity Research Network Summer Stay Scholars embarked on a writing retreat.

Short-Term Work Group on Name and Pronoun Usage

Short-Term Work Group on Name and Pronoun Usage

July 7, 2021

The work aligns with and will inform the university’s ongoing and longer-term diversity, equity and inclusion strategic framing and planning processes.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer’s July Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer’s July Letter

July 7, 2021

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. recaps the months’ diversity, equity and inclusion news.

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives releases Diversity at MSU Report

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives releases Diversity at MSU Report

July 7, 2021 - Henry Mochida

The 2019-20 annual report provides an overview of student and workforce data. It provides information on enrollment, graduation rate, hiring rate and other measures based on demographics and domestic vs. international status for student data.

Addressing Recent Events on Painting the Rock

Addressing Recent Events on Painting the Rock

June 11, 2021

Recent messages on the MSU rock regarding the university’s mandatory diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) online programming have left many in our community feeling targeted and erased.

Diversity Research Network Writing Spaces and Retreats

Diversity Research Network Writing Spaces and Retreats

May 4, 2021

One of the most active areas of support and resources provided by the Diversity Research Network centers around writing retreats and spaces.

The Anti-Racist Path, a 12-week Series Continuing in Fall 2021

The Anti-Racist Path, a 12-week Series Continuing in Fall 2021

May 4, 2021

As we take our first steps, we have to invest in deepening our knowledge and skills. Accepting for fall 2021, limited capacity!

MSU Dialogues Closes with a Celebration and Accepting Applications for Fall

MSU Dialogues Closes with a Celebration and Accepting Applications for Fall

May 4, 2021

Now accepting applications for fall.

Implicit Bias Certification

Implicit Bias Certification

May 4, 2021

This semester the education team offered the Implicit Bias Certification (I.B.C.) to 200+ faculty, staff, academic specialists, and MSU community members housed in more than 12 programs and departments around campus.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer’s May Letter

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer’s May Letter

May 4, 2021

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. recognizes the leadership in the APIDA community, DEI efforts in the wake of George Floyd's death, DEI strategic plans and news from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

Diversifying the Graduate-Student Pipeline

Diversifying the Graduate-Student Pipeline

April 28, 2021

April 29, 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time. What can colleges do to recruit and retain more minority students? To examine this issue, a panel of leading professionals and practitioners in diversity and inclusion will join The Chronicle for an hour-long discussion of the steps needed to finally make inroads on this pivotal issue in higher ed today.

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. Selected to National Advisory Board on Racial Equity in Higher Education

Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. Selected to National Advisory Board on Racial Equity in Higher Education

March 31, 2021 - Henry Mochida

On March 30,  the Association of American Universities  announced that Michigan State University’s Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D. has been selected to serve on the Advisory Board on Racial Equity in Higher Education.  

Students host event exploring socioeconomic equity in higher education

Students host event exploring socioeconomic equity in higher education

March 30, 2021

The Graduate and Undergraduate Entomology Student Society (GUESS) in collaboration with the CANR Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ODEI) invited Dr. Anthony Abraham Jack, Harvard sociologist and author of “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Disadvantaged Students,” for an afternoon of virtual events with students, faculty and staff. To host this event, GUESS and the CANR ODEI received the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant from the MSU Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

College of Natural Science offers stop anti-APIDA and anti-Asian bias and violence resources

College of Natural Science offers stop anti-APIDA and anti-Asian bias and violence resources

March 24, 2021

Proactively taking steps for self-education is a critical step to learning how to address anti-APIDA and anti-Asian violence and bias. The College of Natural Science has developed a list of resources to help guide this endeavor. The list offers resources around action steps, history, terminology and anti-racist tools, including resources for understanding the 2020 summer protests for Black Lives and much more.

February 2021 DEI Foundations Online Training

February 2021 DEI Foundations Online Training

February 22, 2021

DEI Foundations is intended to heighten awareness and take a step toward ensuring all members of our community feel welcome, respected and included, which are prerequisites to offering an environment where all can succeed. Your participation is vital to the realization of this goal, and if you have completed the program, we thank you.

MSU Dialogues Online: Connecting Humanity through Conversation Even at a Distance

MSU Dialogues Online: Connecting Humanity through Conversation Even at a Distance

January 11, 2021 - Briana Bohannon

MSU Dialogues provides a unique opportunity for the MSU community to have conversations about issues that impact our community. It is one space for community members with different backgrounds and perspectives to be able to share their narratives and challenge the dominant narratives within our society. We each have our truths, which inform how we navigate the world, but those are not the only true experiences. Briana Bohannon, former participant and trained facilitator shares insights.

December 2020 - DEI Foundations

December 2020 - DEI Foundations

December 3, 2020

The online modules for Diversity Equity and Inclusion learning at MSU are underway. As an inaugural mandate from President Stanley, I3 coordinated the process of delivering 62,000 modules to employees and students over the last month (October/November).

December 2020 - A.R.T

December 2020 - A.R.T

December 3, 2020 - Monica Ramirez-Montagut,  Director, Eli Broad Museum

The MSU Broad Art Museum’s full staff participated in a Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion (DEAI) training called A.R.T.(Addressing Racism Together). We shared six two-hour sessions on Friday mornings focused on restorative solutions. From that training, we created our own DEAI statement and identified areas of improvement that will inform our institutional goals in our upcoming 2021-2026 Strategic Plan.

December 2020 - Empathy Games

December 2020 - Empathy Games

December 3, 2020 - Geri Zeldes

From 160 submissions to the “FUTURE PRESENT: Design in a Time of Urgency” exhibit, curators selected MSU’s Empathic Games as one of 16 to feature at the Science Gallery Detroit, a new pop-up museum located in the Bedrock Building at the corner of Woodward and Michigan Avenues.