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The Next Leader of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Named

Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.

The Next Leader of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion is Named

Following a national search, MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., named Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., as the university’s vice president and chief diversity officer.

Bennett most recently served as Northwestern University’s inaugural associate provost for diversity and inclusion and chief diversity officer.

As vice president and chief diversity officer, Bennett reports directly to Stanley. He’ll collaborate with other university senior executives, deans, faculty, staff, students and alumni to develop and implement a comprehensive diversity, equity and inclusion plan.

“This is an incredible opportunity to help advance inclusion efforts at MSU during this critical time in the history of the institution and our nation,” Bennett said. “There is a rich legacy here founded in the ideal that higher education should be accessible to everyone regardless of race, ethnicity, sex, gender identity or expression, religion and other identities. I look forward to working with this community to address unique challenges, find common understandings and leverage collective efforts to nurture a culture of inclusive excellence at the university.”

Hear more from Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D., in this episode of MSU Today with Russ White: 


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