Letter from the Director

Winter 2018

Dear Community!

As Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, I would like to thank everyone for your commitment to building a more inclusive, welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible community.

MSU is committed to making this a safer, healthier, and respectful campus—one that draws its strength from our land grant values that include access to opportunities for the diverse students, faculty, and staff that makes our campus a vibrant community.

Living our values must be more than words on paper, or expressed on a website. A campus culture exists and evolves based a range of factors, including our words, but more importantly our actions. As an institution that seeks to achieve our mission to advance knowledge and transform lives, we must hold ourselves individually and as an institution accountable for living up to our values.

We have an opportunity over the next year to elevate the value of different ideas, engaging across differences, and respectful sharing of perspectives. Our office has a number of new initiatives that include collaborations across the campus that support a diverse campus community. One example is through our education and development programs and the second year of MSU Dialogues on Race (fall) and Gender (spring) for undergraduate and graduate students and MSU Dialogues for Faculty. Our Implicit Bias certificate program continues with increased demands, and the Diversity Research Network continues to provide the professional and social supports necessary to retain and advance faculty of color and diversity scholars at MSU.

Our campus is a place where faculty, staff and students have different beliefs, identities, background, and cultures that make a robust living and learning environment. We can voice an opinion and dissent with vigor, while doing so in a way that does not silent, denigrate and demean others because of who they are, how they identify, and the values they hold.

This year, let us commit to and hold ourselves accountable for making MSU a more inclusive and supportive community.

The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives is excited about the upcoming year and look forward to collaborating.

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


Past Letters from the Director:
Letter from the Director - March 2018 (PDF)  


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