Campus Connections

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.

Campus Organizations

The MSU Community Club is 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.

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:

Reach out to the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association:
To serve 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.

The Diversity Research Network (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:

Are you interested in seeing what Faculty Emeriti are up to? Click here:

Connect with the LGBTQ community--on campus, locally, regionally, and nationally through the following resource list: 

Get connected to the MSU Black Alumni Association:

MSU Women of Color Community 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.
If interested, please subscribe to our listserv. Email and include the following command line in the body of the message (not the Subject): SUBSCRIBE WOCC@LIST.MSU.EDU 
If you have any questions, please email Amber Benton

The Women’s Networking Association is available for professional women on campus to connect with one another through meaningful and empowering relationships: Women's Networking Association

The Women's Advisory Committee for Support Staff 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.

Educating Anishnaabe: Giving, Learning, and Empowering – known by the acronym EAGLE – is the American Indian Faculty and Staff Association at MSU. They meet monthly. 

The Asian Pacific American/Asian Faculty and Staff Association is associated with the Asian Pacific American Studies Program.

The Chicano/Latino Association (ChiLA) is a MSU-based civil rights organization for all Latinos (Chicanos, Cubanos, Puertorriquenos, Centro Y Sur Americanos). The organization includes all faculty, staff and graduate students. 

The North American Indian Faculty and Staff Association welcomes community members, graduate student employees, and faculty and staff who work toward the goals laid out in its charter. 

Academic Centers / Departments

Explore the Asian Studies Center in the International Center for events, research projects and information:

Find out what’s happening at the African American and African Studies department:

From Canada or interested in research about Canada? Introduce yourself and connect with the Canadian Studies Center:

Share your interest in Europe, Russia and Eurasia with the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies:

Seeking others who are working on gender-related issues? Explore the Center for Gender in Global Context:

Interested in Latin America? Find out what’s happening through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

The Office of International Studies and Programs is the hub for international research, teaching, and outreach at MSU.

Find others interested in academic exploration of cross-regional and contextual issues through the Muslim Studies Program:

The MI-ACE Women's Network is committed to identifying, developing the leadership of, advancing, and supporting the retention of women in higher education throughout the state. 

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:

Biking at MSU 

Information about the MSU-funded/staffed bike center and resources can be accessed here:

MSU Bikes maintains a blog, which features a comprehensive list of bike commuter benefits:

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 can be accessed at:

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. The MSU Bikes blog describes the many learning opportunities they offer throughout the year:

Recreational Sports and Fitness Services

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.

Services & Resources

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

Academic Advancement Network

Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

Office of Institutional Equity