International Employee Resource Group Presents: International Networking Lunch

Date: Thursday, February 1, 2024 | Time: 11:30am – 1:30pm | Location: Brody Square, Dining Room 221

Event Description

Our programs are free and open to all MSU employees including faculty, academic staff, support staff, postdocs, and graduate assistants.

Join us for our international networking lunch and hear our speaker, Matea Čaluk, M. Ed., share her journey & lessons learned as an immigrant navigating into a new environment. This is a way to connect international faculty, staff, graduate student assistants and post-docs from around the world and to build their networking portfolio. Come and network with other professionals. Registration is open until the capacity limit is met.

The International Employee Resource Group (ERG) is a place for Spartans to connect on issues related to our international community. The goal of the ERG is to connect, build community, and share best practices. It is an opportunity to 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 twice per semester. No membership is needed and there is no cost to attend.

The event will be held in Brody Square, located at 241 Brody Road,  East Lansing, Michigan 48825, in Dining Room 221. Attendees will be welcome to grab lunch at Brody Square Dining Hall.

*Please join us for our upcoming final event of the year: International Employee Resource Group Networking Dinner on Monday, April 29, 2024 5:30 – 7:30pm.


11:30am – 11:45am:   Welcome & Keynote Speaker Introduction
11:45am – 12:15pm:   Keynote Address
12:15pm – 1:30pm:    Food and Fellowship (Lunch is sponsored by the WorkLife Office)

About the Speaker: Matea Čaluk, M.Ed. Chief of Staff, REHS

Matea is a native of Bosnia and Herzegovina and relocated to the United States in the late 90s as a refugee of the regional civil war. Her experience as a child refugee shapes her worldview and her fierce passion for inclusion and equity. Matea brings over fourteen years of experience within higher education through various leadership roles across three different institutions in Michigan. She currently serves as the inaugural Chief of Staff for Residence Education and Housing Services at MSU. Matea earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Relations and Advertising and a Master of Education degree in College Student Affairs Leadership from Grand Valley State University. She is currently a Doctoral student in the Educational Leadership program in the College of Education at Michigan State University. Her research interests lie in examining organizations, transformative leadership practices and structural implementation through an equity lens.

In addition to her professional role, Matea is currently the Chair-Elect for the NASPA Center for Women, a member of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce’s (LRCC) DEI Committee, a Board member for Communities in Schools – Michigan, and an appointment member of the Ingham County Racial Equity Task Force. She was featured in the Lansing City Pulse 2024 People issue and is a 2022 recipient of the 10 over the Next Ten award from the LRCC, highlighting community change agents who are projected to contribute profoundly to the region over the next ten years. In 2018, she was recognized by the Lansing Convention and Visitor’s Bureau as a Community Champion. Matea is a recent entrepreneur, serving as a co-founder of 3KIND Perspective, LLC, a local DEI consulting and training service. She believes that a safe environment for all to thrive is the foundation to furthering education, ideas, and big thinking. She strives to create inclusive communities, free of harm and violence where individuals can be their authentic selves. Matea has dedicated her career and her personal time in lending a voice to cultivate equitable practices and create opportunity for access.