Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging

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Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

The Office for Instituional Diversity and Inclusion, or IDI, is the new name of the office to reflect the first time, since being founded in 1968, that the work of achieving DEI is an institutional priority.

Office for International Students and Scholars

Office for International Students and Scholars

The mission of the Office for International Students and Scholars (OISS) is to provide support to Michigan State University’s international students, scholars and families.

Resources for Undocumented Students

MSU has created a new website featuring resources for undocumented and DACA students that includes frequently asked questions and answers, as well as a link to campus resources.

Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT)

OCAT constructs supportive cultural, social and educational communities that actively involve students in learning.  OCAT supports individual students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters, and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity.

Mission of the RCPD

Team RCPD is ready to assist students, employees and visitors with resources that create an environment of opportunity. We value full integration of persons with disabilities throughout the University mission, programs and services. Located in 120 Bessey Hall, near the center of the Michigan State University campus, on the southwest corner of Farm Lane and Auditorium Road.

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center

 Center dedicated to leading and collaborating on university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, and enhancing the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender.

The Center also offers resources for individuals to educate themselves and others about various sexualities, gender identities, gender expressions, and romantic identities.  Please use these pages as you continue to engage in learning more about the various communities that we serve:

Women*s Student Services (WSS)

Women*s Student Services (WSS) at Michigan State University advocates for intersectional gender equity through the engagement, empowerment, and leadership of all students.

Located in the Student Life suite in the Student Services Building (room 101).
Phone: +1 517-355-8286

Student Veterans Resource Center

Student Veterans Resource Center

The Student Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of service members and veterans at Michigan State University.

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Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance

The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance (OCR) is comprised of the Prevention, Outreach, and Education Department (POE), the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE), the Office of the ADA/Section 504 Coordinator, and the Resolution Office. OCR supports the campus community in creating and maintaining a safe environment and a culture of respect through educating all campus community members regarding how to prevent, identify, appropriately respond to, and report discrimination, harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and relationship violence; conducting impartial, fair, supportive, and equitable investigations of complaints under MSU’s Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct and Title IX Policy (RVSM Policy) and MSU’s Anti-Discrimination Policy (ADP); and connecting those impacted by discrimination, harassment, relationship violence, and sexual misconduct with campus and community resources.

MSU Dialogues

MSU Dialogues is an intergroup dialogue program for students, faculty and staff at Michigan State. It is a face-to-face learning experience that brings together people from different identity groups over a sustained period of time to:

  • Understand our commonalities and differences
  • Examine the nature and impact of societal inequalities
  • Explore ways of working together toward greater equity and justice
  • Prepare individuals to live, work, and lead in a complex, diverse stratified society
Mosaic Center

Mosaic: The Multicultural Unity Center

MOSAIC is a space for students to study, have meetings and be within a neutral environment. Mosaic represents the thousands of students at Michigan State University and we are here for YOU!  The Center hosts a variety of different programs throughout the school year, from academically-oriented presentations to student group meetings to informal social receptions to which everyone is welcome to attend.

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Prevention, Outreach and Education Department (POE)

The Prevention, Outreach and Education (POE) Department promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating members of the MSU campus community on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering staff, faculty and students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively affecting social change.

Spouse and Family Resources

MSU offers many resources to the spouses and families of graduate and professional students. Visit this page for more information from the Graduate School.

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Student Organizations

Looking to connect with other students? Want to join a student organization? Want to start a new registered student organization? Graduate and Professional students have many opportunities to engage. Start your search here: Involve@State

The Graduate School

DEI Programs 

Since its founding in 1994, the Michigan State University Graduate School has been committed to the overarching values of diversity, equity and inclusion by focusing on the recruitment, retention and support of traditionally underrepresented graduate student populations.

Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate

Welcome Graduate Students and Post-docs

The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at Michigan State University (MSU) was started with funding from the National Science Foundation. MSU AGEP supports recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented U. S. minorities in doctoral programs of the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering. Graduate students, post-docs and faculty who participate in building the AGEP Community at MSU will provide a key to changing the culture of U. S. colleges and universities to embrace building world-class STEM and SBE faculties who fully reflect the diversity in race, gender, culture and intellectual talent of the U. S. population.

land acknowledgement is an optional statement, often given at the beginning of organized events, celebrations and activities, or published in printed materials. A shortened land acknowledgement can also be used for email signatures. The purpose of a land acknowledgement is to recognize, respect and affirm the ongoing relationship between Indigenous people and the land. Land acknowledgements also raise awareness about the Indigenous histories, perspectives and experiences that are often suppressed or forgotten.

More about the Native American Institute at MSU here: Home – Native American Institute – Michigan State University (msu.edu)

New MSU Multicultural Center 

Stay tuned to this website for developing details on the proposed new Multicultural Center! Check out this article in MSU Today: MSU breaks ground on first standalone multicultural center  | MSUToday | Michigan State University

Check here for the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center resources on use of pronouns.

Web Accessibility

Web accessibility is the inclusive practice of removing barriers which prevent access to information and functionalities on websites. An online document or tool is accessible when it can be easily understood and used by everyone, regardless of the browser or adaptive equipment he or she is using. This website provides a central place for web accessibility guidelinestutorials, and services available to the MSU community.

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RCPD Neurodivergent Community Group for Grad Students

RCPD is hosting a summer 2024 community group for neurodivergent graduate students.
This group is a place for you to connect with peers through shared experiences, conversation, and advice. We will cover topics like diagnosis stories, stereotypes, personal relationships, and a lot more.
Meetings will be held via Zoom every Thursday from 6pm-7pm starting May 16 through June 27, 2024. Attend one, a few, or all meetings!
Registration is now open: https://tinyurl.com/et24cyfj Group members do not need to be officially affiliated with RCPD to participate.