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Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives
Michigan State University
Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 444
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: 517-353-4563

Audrey Bentley

Community Outreach Senior Coordinator

Olds Hall 408 W. Circle Drive, Room 112A
East Lansing, MI 48824 

Audrey Bentley has been a member of the university for 40 years and during that time she has worked in the Office for Inclusion in various capacities. Currently, Bentley is a coordinator in the unit's Outreach section and among her varied responsibilities, she collaborates with others across the campus to plan university-wide programs and events that highlight and celebrate diversity and inclusion. She is also the lead coordinator of the Annual Progress Report on Diversity and Inclusion and is committed to the principles and practices of diversity and inclusion and performs outreach to the campus and off-campus communities to develop partnerships and ensure that participants feel included and respected.

Jessica Garcia

Faculty Associate and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology

Olds Hall 408 W. Circle Drive, Room 114
East Lansing, MI 48824

Jessica Garcia joined the Department of Sociology in August 2009 and the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives in 2014. In addition to teaching, Garcia serves as an intercultural education specialist in the office.In this role, she contributes to the design and coordination of education and development programs to enhance critical dialogue and conflict management skills with faculty, staff, and students; conducts workshops on implicit bias and microaggressions, racial literacy, as well as inclusive pedagogy, intersectionality, and facilitating difficult dialogues. She also represents and supports the implementation of unit programs to enhance change management skills and competencies for faculty, staff, and students. In addition, Garcia supports office initiatives to enhance climate for the campus community, and in consultation with campus stakeholders, implement strategies that support the recruitment, advancement, and retention of diverse faculty and staff at MSU.

Deborah Johnson

Faculty Associate and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Olds Hall
408 W. Circle Drive, Room 114
East Lansing, MI 48824

Deborah J. Johnson completed her Ph.D. at Northwestern University in human development and social policy. Currently, professor of human development and family studies, she joined the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives as a faculty associate in 2015.

Johnson works with campus stakeholder units and interested faculty, staff, and student organizations to develop training and education efforts that address diversity broadly, and racial socialization, with emphasis on racial literacy, specifically. She also works with faculty and campus units to develop diversity best practices pertaining to the recruitment, advancement, and retention of diverse faculty and academic leadership.

Johnson's research emphasizes cultural adjustment and ethnic-racial dimensions of development, centrally in the area of racial/ethnic identity development and racial socialization in varying context, including young children, adolescents, and emerging adults principally among African-American and other ethnic children and families, but also internationally with Caribbean, Zimbabwean, Australian, and Roma youth. She is the author of more than 70 published books, monographs, articles, and chapters. Several of her recent publications have focused on community violence affecting Sudanese refugee girls and women; discrimination and well-being in African American and Latina college women; community and racial violence; theory development in the area of racial-ethnic socialization; and research methods in cultural communities. Her last two books look at global and domestic issues of school and child rights.

Lynn Lammers

Education and Development Artistic Coordinator

Olds Hall 408 W. Circle Drive, Room 115
East Lansing, MI 48824

Lynn Lammers is the Artistic Coordinator for the Transforming Theatre Ensemble (TTE). She writes, directs, and produces interactive theatre pieces that are used as a focal point for dialogue and learning. Lammers has presented her work on interactive theatre at the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity, the International Globalization, Diversity, and Education Conference, the LaMaMa Director's Symposium in Umbria, Italy, and the Neutral Zone Teen Center in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a member of the Lincoln Center Directors Lab and teaches theatre history and acting for the MSU Department of Theatre.

Lammers' professional regional theatre work includes directing at the Williamston Theatre and Tipping Point Theatre, among others. She has a Master's Degree in Theatre from Michigan State University.

Donna Rich Kaplowitz

Faculty Associate and Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education

Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 444
East Lansing, MI 48824

Donna Rich Kaplowitz, joins the Office for Inclusion & Intercultural Initiatives as a new Faculty Associate, Intercultural Dialogues Program.

Donna comes to us after nearly 10 years as an assistant professor in the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH).  She holds a PhD in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.  Donna has spent the last seven years developing and teaching a variety of intergroup dialogue courses in RCAH. She has trained college student facilitators to facilitate race dialogues in the K-12, MSU, and community settings.

Donna will be developing a campus-wide intercultural dialogue program.  Look for more information on facilitator guides, facilitator trainings, and specific dialogue opportunities as we move ahead.

Paulette Granberry Russell, J.D

Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity and Director

Administration Building
426 Auditorium Road, Room 444
East Lansing, MI 48824

Since 1998, Paulette Granberry Russell has served Michigan State University as the senior advisor to the president for diversity and as the director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, formerly the Office of Affirmative Action, Compliance, and Monitoring. As the senior advisor to the president for diversity, Granberry Russell’s responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring effective strategies to advance a diverse and inclusive university. She plays a vital leadership role on all campus inclusion and intercultural support committees. As director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Granberry Russell leads efforts in the office's three functional areas: education and development, community outreach, and research and assessment.

A CIC-Academic Leadership Fellow (2000-2001), Granberry Russell is a sought-after presenter concerning inclusion, diversity, and equal opportunity in higher education. Notably, in September 2002, she was invited to the Durban Institute of Technology in South Africa to present workshops on affirmative action and diversity programming for post-apartheid merged higher education institutions. In January 2005, she served as a panelist on affirmative action and diversity initiatives in U.S. higher education in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Granberry Russell is a graduate of Michigan State University and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is licensed as an attorney by the state of Michigan.