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Research and Assessment

MSU is a community of scholars and professionals and a thorough assessment process of diversity and inclusion initiatives helps the university identify its problems, root causes, possible solutions, timelines and resources needed in the change process. The benefits of making an investment (return on investment) in research and assessment initiatives include:

  • Identifying needs before selecting a costly solution / strategy path
  • Capturing organizational knowledge for planning purposes
  • Evaluating the state and effectiveness of existing procedures
  • Creating documentation for use in evaluating solutions
  • Obtaining user buy in of a solution / strategy path

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives collaborates with scholars and professionals by engaging in research and assessment services for the following reasons:

  • To use in benchmarking college and unit diversity initiatives
  • To sustain successful efforts that demonstrate that students derive an educational benefit from participating in a diverse environment
  • To process data into information useful for decision-making
  • To use information for improvement to demonstrate how it can be used to improve learning outcomes for faculty, students, and staff educational support services
  • To inspire creative exploration of ideas to further infuse diversity and inclusion into the university's curriculum and support programs
  • To collaborate with other stakeholders committed to creating an inclusive university community

To accomplish its tasks, The Office for Inclusion will:

  • Consult with external and internal stakeholders to identify critical issues
  • Advocate for in the form of recommendations to administrators that suggests a need for institutional change

Advancing Diversity through the Alignment of Policies and Practices

MSU’s ADAPP-ADVANCE program has been established to promote MSU’s values of quality and inclusion by enhancing the alignment, consistency, transparency and objectivity of academic human resource practices across the STEM fields.

Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants (CIEG)

The MSU community has the opportunity to create synergy within and across organizational systems in support of an inclusive educational and work environment through the Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants (CIEG) program funding.