Letter from the Director


The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives welcomes and supports all students, faculty, and staff, who reflect many cultures around the world, and who contribute to the rich and diverse experiences for us all.

Everyone in the Michigan State University community—regardless of their identity, background or position—deserves to join, thrive, develop and realize their capabilities, engage meaningfully with campus life, and contribute to the success of others.

This spirit and MSU’s ongoing commitment to diversity and inclusion have been at the foundation of this institution and a part of MSU's history.

Though cultures may clash and understanding of differences may challenge us at times, we strongly believe in and are committed to the free expression of ideas and opinions through dialogue. We do not have to agree with one another—indeed, we can strongly disagree with one another, and the opinions of others, especially where the content is divisive and offensive and contrary to our MSU value of inclusion.  However, we can learn from these experiences and practice the art of civil communication with open minds and respect for our differences.

Every day, the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives coordinates and provides education, training, and programming to support inclusion efforts on campus. Our Building Inclusive Communities initiative, which raises awareness about inclusion as one of the university’s core values, supports the MSU community in engaging across differences and in advancing our campus, our local communities, our country, and the world.

Visit our calendar to learn more about the many ways you can contribute to an #InclusiveMSU and promote the values that we hold dear as Spartans. We also invite you to join our growing list of community builders by submitting your events to be added to the calendar.

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

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