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Diversity Equity and Inclusion Content


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 (MSUA) 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 MSUA diversity, equity and inclusion workgroup, view our commitments and goals


Celebrating the Spartan Black Community 


Go Green, Go Live: Empowering Black Students

Join Russ White as he talks with two Spartan alumni about the work they do to empower black students in Michigan through mentoring and leadership development. 

Rhonda Walker, '91 | Rhonda Walker Foundation
Tim Herd, '19 | Founder, Rising Black Men 



My afro, however, was considered a violation of the school's dress code, and countless were the warnings I had received for my 'messy' hair. The uniform, in theory a symbol of equality, became one of oppression.

Maria Antônia C. Deziderio | Brazil | "Why My Hair is Not Just Hair" | Global Voices First Place Essay Winner

Global Voices offers a platform for young people around the world to advocate for their communities, share their opinions, and introduce solutions to local and national challenges. 

Global Youth Advancement Network (GYAN), in collaboration with the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, received inspiring essays from 20 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean! Essay contestants, between the ages of 15-24, responded to the theme, "Confronting Inequity," by selecting one of the following sub-themes: Challenging Racism; Conserving the Environment; Educating for Change; Empowering Indigenous Communities; Promoting Gender Equality; or Stamping Out Violence.

Read the Full Essay



Hands Up Don't Shoot: Why the protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter, and How They Changed the World

Join MSU Associate Professor of Criminal Justice Jennifer Cobbina as she discusses her book Hands Up, Don't Shoot, which draws from in-depth interviews with nearly two hundred residents of Ferguson and Baltimore, conducted within two months of the deaths of Michael Brown and Freddie Gray.



Nov. 24



Lural Baltimore Headshot


Lural Baltimore | Alumni Service Award Recipient

Lural Baltimore is a former area administrator for the Michigan Disability Determination Services, a founding member of MSU Black Alumni and a Spartan. She was an Alumni Grand Awards Service Award Recipient which is prestigiously presented to Michigan State University alumni who have demonstrated service to MSU and/or meritorious public service on a local, state, national or international level.

View Video Interview with Lural 



Virtual Cinema Opportunity 

The MSU Alumni Office has partnered with filmmakers at Magnolia Pictures to provide an exclusive opportunity for alumni, faculty, staff and friends to watch “John Lewis: Good Trouble” in a virtual cinema experience. For each $12 stream of the film purchased, $5 will be donated to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Endowed Scholarship Program.

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John Lewis: Good Trouble


Civil Rights - A Journey to Freedom


Journey to Freedom Travel Opportunity 

Take part in an intimate and essential opportunity to explore the Deep South with an informative program that highlights America’s civil rights movement in Alabama.

On this five-day journey, discover sites that advanced social justice and shifted the course of history.

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Support MSU's Efforts 

African American and African Studies

African American and African Studies (AAAS) at Michigan State University is a unit that began as a program in 2002 with a structure that aimed at providing versatile and interdisciplinary training in Black Studies. In becoming a department in 2018, AAAS carries this aim forward with innovative degrees and pedagogical strategies suited for the challenges and promises we face in the 21st century.

Black Student Alliance

The Black Student Alliance aims to ensure the promotion of radical Black love, through collective advocacy, continual support, and results-driven action to redefine the Black experience at Michigan State University.

MSU Black Alumni Scholarships

Michigan State University alumni make contributions to the world and their communities every day. One of the most important things they can do is help provide scholarships that make it possible for the next generation of Spartans to make their mark. Raising funds for scholarships is the highest priority of the MSUBA.



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