International Employee Resource Group 

An Employee Resource Group is a free employee-led group (open to all MSU employee types including faculty, academic, and support staff) that fosters inclusivity and builds community for those with common lived experiences by providing group discussion and learning opportunities, programming, and platforms for sharing resources.  

The International Employee Resource Group (International ERG) is a place for Spartans to connect, discuss everyday issues, relationships with friends and family, campus and community connections, and social activities that will help to build community. The International Employee Resource Group will meet every 3rd Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted on the calendar due to university holidays or other conflicts).   

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International ERG calendar of events for the 2022-2023 school year:  

September Session 

Thursday, September 22, 2022 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. 

Welcome to the International Employee Resource Group   

Topics include:  

  • Introduction of participants and WorkLife Office staff   
  • A WorkLife Office overview 
  • Calendar of events for this group 
  • Get to know one another to build community  
  • Book Club discussion   

October Session  

Thursday, October 20, 2022 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  

Welcome to MSU-Campus Tour   

Join us for a walking tour to visit MSU’s most iconic spots and learn: 

  • Best places to visit on campus 
  • More about self-guided tours  
  • Hear about the important apps that should be downloaded for campus safety (handout included) 

November Session  

 Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 12 noon to 1 p.m.  

Learning About Each Other’s Cultures 


  •  Ethnic and national identity.  
  • What is the makeup of your family of origin?  
  •  Country of Origin? 
  • What about your culture, would you like the group to know?  
  • Have you experienced any cultural differences?   
  • Have you lived in other countries?  

December Session 

Thursday, December 15, 2022 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. 

Potluck Lunch   

  • Taste food from your home country 
  • Offer recipe cards w. facts about the country of origin and a full ingredient list 
  • Learn about diverse regions and foods 
  • Enjoy trying new foods and building community 

January Session  

Thursday, January 19, 2022 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. 

The MSU Museum  



February Session  

Thursday, February 16, 2023 at 7:30  

Concert Orchestra: Kalinnikov and the First Annual Cobb Great Hall  


  • Tour the Wharton Center        
  • Enjoy a performance at the Wharton Center   

March Session  

Thursday, March 23, 2022 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.  

Lansing River Walk Trail   


  • Take a hike along the hiking trail, meet at Beaumont Tower, walk the trail, stop at Sparty statue for a photo, and back around to Beaumont Tower 
  • The Lansing River Trail now stretches all the way from Waverly Road to Old Town!.   

April Session   

Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

1st Book Club Meeting at Hooked: “Fire Keepers Daughter ” a novel by Angeline Boulley. 

This is a time for us to connect over a book and enjoy conversation with others in similar stages of life. This one-session book discussion will kick off on Thursday, April 20, 2023, from 12-2 pm with the book “Fire Keepers Daughter ” a novel by Angeline Boulley. This session is intended to bring a community together to learn about and discuss issues that matter to them. A book club can help you meet new people and make new friends, all in a relaxed atmosphere.  Join us for this session at Hooked bookstore. The novel, Firekeeper’s Daughter is available online, at Hooked Bookstore, and at the local library.  


  • Meaning of the story? 
  • What did it mean for you?  
  • Are you able to identify with an of the characters?  

May Session  

Thursday, May 18, 2022 from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.   

Dining at MSU


  •  Visit the Campus dining hall   
  • Enjoy some of the Campus cuisine options   
  • Engage in getting to know each other through a series of ice breakers/activities 
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