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.
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: https://worklife.msu.edu/relocation-community/campus-connections/academic-womens-forum
Reach out to the Black Faculty, Staff and Administrators Association: https://msu.edu/~aaas/
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: http://www.inclusion.msu.edu/research-grants/drn/index.html
Are you interested in seeing what Faculty Emeriti are up to? Click here: http://facultyemeriti.msu.edu/
Connect with the LGBTQ community through the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Faculty, Staff and Graduate Student Association (GLFSA): https://msu.edu/user/glfsa/
Get connected to the MSU Black Alumni Association: http://www.msuba.org/
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
Academic Centers / Departments
Explore the Asian Studies Center in the International Center for events, research projects and information: http://asia.isp.msu.edu/
Find out what’s happening at the African American and African Studies department: https://msu.edu/~aaas/
From Canada or interested in research about Canada? Introduce yourself and connect with the Canadian Studies Center: http://canadianstudies.isp.msu.edu/
Share your interest in Europe, Russia and Eurasia with the Center for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies: http://ceres.isp.msu.edu/
Seeking others who are working on gender-related issues? Explore the Center for Gender in Global Context: http://gencen.isp.msu.edu/
Interested in Latin America? Find out what’s happening through the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies: http://latinamerica.isp.msu.edu/
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: http://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/. Check out their newsletter for more information: http://muslimstudies.isp.msu.edu/newsletter/
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.
Recreation & Sports
Biking at MSU
Information about the MSU-funded/staffed bike center and resources can be accessed here: http://bikes.msu.edu
MSU Bikes maintains a blog, which features a comprehensive list of bike commuter benefits: https://msubikes.wordpress.com/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: http://bikes.msu.edu/?page_id=324
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: https://msubikes.wordpress.com/learn/
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.