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  • Author:

    Lisa Parker
    Senior Director, Alumni Engagement and Professional Initiatives 

  • Published:

    July 11, 2018

As the Senior Director of Alumni Engagement, I am sometimes asked why the MSU Alumni Association hasn’t released its own statement related to Larry Nassar and MSU’s public response to the evolving situation, and about the status of MSU's alumni magazine. There are several answers:

First, the MSU Alumni Association’s primary role is to be the voice of 600,000+ living alumni. In the time we’ve spent listening to alumni, we’ve heard tremendous support for survivors, an expectation of accountability for unacceptable behavior when facts are known, and a desire for a safer campus for students, employees, and visitors. When it comes to the ways we achieve the above, opinions vary significantly. Rather than advocate for specific actions suggested by alumni, we’ve chosen to encourage alumni to share their ideas directly and constructively with the appropriate units and individuals on campus. For example, we frequently direct alumni to the feedback area of ‘Our Commitment’, MSU’s anchor website for all matters related to the university’s work to improve response and prevention efforts directed at sexual violence.

Second, over the past seven months, many members of our campus community and alumni family have written meaningful statements and offered helpful suggestions. It has felt more appropriate to share the words of fellow Spartans, versus replacing them with a more generic statement necessary to represent an entire alumni base. My colleagues and I have read all statements that have crossed our paths and have been encouraged to see Spartans rightfully engaged in demanding support of survivors of assault and offering solutions for a safer campus community.

Though we’ve shared many of these statements in various ways, I realize many alumni may not be aware of these statements. Therefore, I’ve collected a series of links that represent the various voices and posts from leaders around campus.

Third, I would like to thank Spartans for their patience as the MSU Alumni Association works to communicate in ways that will address the difficulties facing our university as the story continues to evolve. As a quarterly publication, the Spartan magazine could not be a tool for communicating information as the story continued to unfold. Copy became dated within weeks, sometimes days, of creation and would not represent current news at the time of publication. We are doing our best to bring you the next issue of the Spartan magazine and expect to publish the magazine by the end of July.


Lisa Parker
Senior Director of Alumni Engagement and Professional Initiatives


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