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A Conversation with President Stanley and VP Bennett

President Stanley and VP Jabbar Bennett

A Conversation with President Stanley and VP Bennett

On May 19, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., hosted a conversation with newly appointed Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

Their conversation focused on Diversity Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and MSU’s comprehensive strategy to create a framework for establishing MSU as a national leader in this area. 

Watch below: 


This conversation was recorded on May 19, 2021. 


Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., is MSU’s vice president and chief diversity officer. Bennett works to advance MSU’s diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities along with staff in the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3), and partnership among senior executives, deans, faculty, staff, students, and alumni. Bennett is also a professor of medicine in the College of Human Medicine.

Prior to joining MSU in December 2020, Bennett served as the inaugural associate provost for diversity and inclusion, and chief diversity officer at Northwestern University. Previously, he worked as associate dean of the Graduate School, and associate dean for diversity in the Division of Biology and Medicine at Brown University. Bennett also held administrative appointments at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and served on the faculty at Harvard, Brown, and Northwestern.

Stay up to date on the latest DEI initiatives at inclusion.msu.edu