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Directors Statements

Paulette Granberry Russell

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,

 Welcome to MSU’s Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. All of our efforts are guided by a single goal: Building Inclusive Communities. To do so requires the work of the entire campus community to create and support a welcoming environment for all Spartans.

 We do not exist isolated from the events that occur in the broader society and there have been recent tragedies, including Charlottesville, Virginia, that have divided our country and our campus.  The division is along ideological lines, as well as divisions based on race, ethnicity, national origin, gender identity, and religious beliefs—and the recent protests by white supremacists have led to death and injuries.  Having the freedom to express ones ideas and opinions is what should occur on a college campus and dialogue and debate is encouraged.  However, it can and should occur in ways that are respectful and civil. Violence or threats of violence have no place in civil discourse or a civil society, and certainly have no place at MSU.  

 At Michigan State University, we come together as a learning community.  For many of us, this time presents a certain degree of excitement over the unknown, and for others, perhaps a bit of apprehension over fitting in. A diverse campus community provides tremendous opportunities for growth.  We encourage you to engage with individuals across differences and perspectives.

 There are countless numbers of faculty, staff and students committed to building inclusive communities on campus, in our local communities, across the country, and the world.  They understand the value in engaging across differences, and we encourage your active participation in an open, authentic, and respectful way that leads to academic excellence for all students, and exciting innovations and new knowledge by our faculty and staff. Please visit our website http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/ to learn how to do-it-yourself.
 
Paulette Granberry Russell
Senior Advisor to the President and Director 
Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

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