Michigan State University is a large campus with many different opportunities. Sometimes, connecting with colleagues who share research interests or values can help make an enormous campus feel more like a community. Below are just a few suggestions about where you might get started.
There are various organizations on campus that support a variety of groups:
Are you looking to connect with academic women on campus, including faculty, academic staff, post-docs, librarians, and graduate students? Join the Michigan State University Academic Women’s Forum.
This group is intended to virtually connect MSU faculty and staff who have caregiving responsibilities for adults in their lives and those navigating assisting a senior in their life with changing care needs. Meetings are the fourth Thursday of the month from 12pm to 1pm during the academic year. For questions contact Ebony Lucas at email@example.com.
The Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies program is the center of a vibrant community of MSU faculty and staff from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, which promotes excellence in scholarship and create educational resources related to the APA Studies. APA Studies program also offers numerous opportunities for faculty and staff to network, mentor, collaborate, support, and belong.
To get more information on engaging with APIDA/AFSA through involvement or receiving the APIDA/AFSA periodic email please complete this form.
MSU Black Alumni Association
The purpose of the Michigan State University Black Alumni ( MSUBA) is to support and promote the welfare and interests of Black alumni, students, faculty and staff of Michigan State University (MSU).
This organization serves as a change agent and collective voice promoting equity for Black faculty, staff, administrators, and students to pursue educational, scholastic, leadership, social, and professional development opportunities across all university environments and units. Please direct questions and requests to join our listservs to BFSAA@msu.edu with your name, unit, position, and email.
ChiLA is a advocacy organization for all Latinxs. ChiLA members include all employees at Michigan State University (e.g., faculty, staff, specialists, and graduate students). Both on and off campus, ChiLA is committed to speaking out on their behalf and to working with Michigan State University to find solutions to problems that prevent Latinxs from being a visible and viable part of the university and local community.
Membership of the MSU-CFC is open to faculty of Chinese heritage at MSU, regardless of their country of origin or citizenship, and to other MSU members interested in supporting the mission and goals of the Club. Memberships are subject to approval by the Executive Committee.
This organization is comprised of Asian Pacific American Islander Desi American/Asian Faculty and Staff Association (APIDA/AFSA), Black Faculty, Staff & Administrators Association (BFSAA), Chicano Latino Faculty, Staff, Specialists and Graduate Student Association (ChiLA) and , Educating Anishinabe: Giving, Learning, Empowering (EAGLE) is an advisory and advocacy council to the University.
An association for faculty wives and faculty women. Membership promotes fellowship, encourages volunteers for University-related organizations and now includes alumni and the broader MSU community. Membership is open to all MSU faculty, staff, friends of MSU, alumni and their spouses. Newcomers are welcome as guests.
DRN connects faculty of color and scholars interested in diversity research, to create scholarly communities, facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations, and to advance the growth and visibility of research by underrepresented faculty as well as research on diversity across MSU.
EAGLE is the Native American Faculty Staff group active within MSU.
It is the mission of EPIC: Employee Pride and Inclusion Coalition to create an inclusive and welcoming community that supports faculty, staff, and administrators of diverse sexual and gender identities. We view our work through an intersectional lens, centering those with multiple marginalized identities. SUBSCRIBE EPIC@LIST.MSU.EDU
If you have any questions, please email Petra Grivins
Find EPIC on Facebook.
The mission is to promote, facilitate and sponsor activities that enable faculty emeriti to be actively engaged with the University and the community and to share their lifetime of experience and expertise.
A place for Spartans to connect on family related topics with the goal of connecting, building community and share best practices regarding raising or caregiving for children and caregivers. Meetings are every second Tuesday from 12pm-1pm during the academic year. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The Student Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of service members and veterans at Michigan State University.
This group shares perspective and works on initiatives and recommendations surrounding women’s health and safety, MSU benefits, diversity and inclusion, support staff engagement, education, training, and more.
In an effort to support Women of Color at Michigan State University, in fall 2018 the IDEA Coordinators established the Women of Color Community as a social and professional resource for this community. Women of Color is meant to be a unifying term and is inclusive of Black, Arab, Asian, Chicana, Latina, Native, Indigenous, Pacific Islander, and biracial/multiracial identities. This community is open to all administrators, faculty, academic specialists, and staff colleagues.
WOCI was established in 2016 to serve Womxn of Color and allies on Michigan State University’s campus. Their purpose is to create a space for Womxn of Color to focus on, learn about, and build community in relation to pressing sociopolitical issues that transcend race, class, sex, and gender issues, with attention to how they affect Indigenous/Native American/Alaskan Native, Black/African American, Mexican/Chicana, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Puerto Rican/Latinx Caribbean womxn in distinctive ways.
The mission of the Women’s Networking Association (WNA) is to connect professional women across campus through meaningful and empowering relationships. Providing an opportunity for women to network and support one another is an essential step for building women’s leadership at Michigan State University and in the Greater Lansing community.
Health, Recreation & Sports
Health4U is focused on helping the MSU community explore the fundamentals of a health-promoting lifestyle. We provide access to high quality, evidence informed, and culturally conscious health education and support. Visit their website for a full list of services.
MSU Bikes provides information about the MSU-funded/staffed bike center and resources. They maintain a blog, which features a comprehensive list of bike commuter benefits, as well as describes the many learning opportunities they offer throughout the year. MSU departments are encouraged to rent bikes for their employees, in order to encourage healthy transportation for campus errands/meetings/breaks, etc. Descriptions of department fleet services. MSU Bikes also offers workshops for faculty and staff interested in starting to bike commute to work, commuting through/preparing for winter, getting ready for riding in the spring, among others.
MSU offers many sports and fitness facilities and activities through Recreational Sports and Fitness Services. Browse their many offerings to find the right fit for you.
Academic Centers / Departments
Services & Resources
Spartan’s change lives every day in ways practical and profound; creating opportunities through study and research, finding solutions for some of the world’s most challenging needs. Education expands opportunity and for those experiencing disabilities, education is a most empowering choice. This is why Team RCPD works diligently to engage MSU traditions of quality, inclusiveness and connectivity for the benefit of all. Together, we create a welcoming environment, fortify capacity and compassionately challenge each person to reach their fullest ability. Disabilities need not preclude the achievement of goals and dreams; rather, they mandate a greater level of creativity, commitment and a repertoire of compensatory techniques. We grow ambition into personal and professional success as we connect MSU knowledge, self-advocacy, innovative technology and community. Team RCPD is ready to assist students, employees and visitors with resources that create an environment of opportunity. We value full integration of persons with disabilities throughout the University mission, programs and services. Reach out to us at rcpd.msu.edu or 517-884-7273.
The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives works to advance Michigan State University’s diversity, equity and inclusion strategic priorities. The office plays a key role in meeting federal, state and local compliance regulations related to student recruitment and employee hiring, as well as supplier diversity. In addition, the office helps to lead and coordinate a range of initiatives and programs that aim to increase diversity, ensure equity, promote inclusion, and advance outreach and engagement across the institution. The office partners with senior executives, faculty, staff, students, and alumni to support the safety, well-being and overall success of members of historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups and offers a broad spectrum of educational and training opportunities which promote a culture of dignity, respect, empathy and accountability at Michigan State University.