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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Content

Overview

Michigan State University is committed to reflecting the rich diversity of its students and alumni in university experiences, initiatives, communications and interactions. The MSU Alumni Office (MSUAO) seeks to bring awareness to the university community’s diversity efforts by featuring content and stories supporting these communities. 

A different community will be highlighted every three months, with content changed out frequently, so you are encouraged to visit this page regularly. For more information about our content schedule or the MSUAO diversity, equity and inclusion workgroup, view our commitments and goals

Celebrating the Spartan Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American Community

A statement in support of our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American and Asian communities from President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D. was released March 17, 2021. 

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A Conversation with Charles Yu
Friday, April 16 at 4 p.m. EDT

The Asian Pacific American Studies Program and the Asian Pacific American Student Organization are proud to host Charles Yu as part of APIDA Heritage Month celebrations. The 2020 National Book Award winner, Charles Yu, will discuss his book, "Interior Chinatown," and his experiences as an Asian American corporate-lawyer-turned-creative-writer.

 


View a Spartan-Produced Animated Film on Netflix

Rohit Khattar (B.A. Hotel & Restaurant Management ’85) is most known for his role as founder and chairman of Old World Hospitality, India’s premier hospitality and entertainment company. Although hospitality is his primary passion, Khattar also spends time pursuing a second passion: film. Matching his tremendous success in hospitality business, he is also founder and chair of Cinestaan Film Company, a boutique film studio. Khattar’s latest film accomplishment was producing the critically acclaimed film "Bombay Rose." This animated movie was recently acquired by Netflix and will be released globally March 8. The film is also the first Indian animated project to open Venice International Film Critics’ Week, a renowned international film festival, and was recently predicted to receive an Oscar by Variety.

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Spartan Spotlight: Mia Jang '94, '99, Founder and CEO, Health & Wellness Innovations

Hear from MSU alumna Mia Jang on how she is changing healthcare, one app at a time, and how she sees healthcare and technology complementing one another in the future.

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Sakura Garden at MSU Tollgate Farm

The trees, which are yoshino and kwanzan cherry trees, were planted as a part of the celebration of the relationship between Oakland County and Shiga Prefecture in Japan. 2018 marked 50 years in the sister-state relationship with the prefecture, which is located on the western side of Honshu Island in the country. The Sakura Garden is now open to the public during Tollgate Farm’s normal hours. In the future the garden will also host events, including tours and different culinary and agricultural programming through MSU.

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Spartan Spotlight: Brian Lai and Kristine Yang

Spartan alumni Brian Lai and Kristine Yang started their bean-based pasta company, The Only Bean, in 2017. Learn about their entrepreneurial story and the impact that Michigan State has made on their lives.

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MSU Faculty Earn NSF Grant for Project on Illicit Drug Trafficking Networks

Drug cartel methods used to distribute heroin and other unlawful wares are increasing in complexity, according to a study by Michigan State University researchers Siddarth Chandra and Galia Benitez titled Discovery, Analysis and Disruption of Illicit Narcotic Supply Networks.

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Asian Pacific American Studies Funds

The Asian Pacific American Studies Program continues to expand in order to educate, support and empower more students. With your help, the program can better support students, faculty and staff through outreach, research, scholarships, lectures and events. 

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Content Suggestions and Feedback

Conversations around diversity, equity and inclusion are essential and constantly evolving.
If you have feedback or a topic suggestion, please email Maria Giggy