Letter from Director

I am happy to announce the launch of Michigan State University’s “Building Inclusive Communities” initiative to raise awareness about MSU’s core values, with particular emphasis on its core value of inclusion. 

An inclusive MSU focuses on creating an environment that enables people, whatever their identity, background or position to join, thrive, develop and realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully with our campus life, and contribute to the success of others.

It is just as important now as it was many years ago when MSU became the nation’s pioneer land-grant university, to welcome and support all of our students, faculty, and staff, who reflect many cultures around the world, and who contribute to the rich and diverse experiences for us all. At MSU, we understand our differences give us strength.

At times, cultures may clash and understanding of differences sometimes will challenge us but we strongly believe in and are committed to the free expression of ideas and opinions through dialogue.  We can learn from these experiences as long as we are willing to practice the art of civil communication with open minds and respect for our differences.

There are countless numbers of faculty, students and staff 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.

We want to know who the “community builders” are and we want to highlight your efforts in our events calendar.   We also invite you to visit our website to learn more about Building Inclusive Communities.  

Paulette Granberry Russell
Senior Advisor to the President and Director 
Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives


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