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.
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. This group is open to anyone interested in connecting with other adult caregivers, or learning about issues such as how to care for yourself as a caregiver, how to start conversations about living situation changes, or how to navigate end of life choices conversations. 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. Our programming is driven by community needs and concerns, which makes us a strong advocate for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) both on and off campus. For more information and resources offered, please visit https://apastudies.msu.edu/index.html.
Includes links to other resources https://apastudies.msu.edu/index.html
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American/Asian Faculty Staff Association (APIDA/AFSA)
To get more information on engaging with APIDA/AFSA through involvement or receiving the APIDA/AFSA periodic email please complete the form at this link: https://forms.gle/9dFpUdvKzgqMNnGk9
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. BFSAA hosts regularly scheduled events and meetings throughout each semester, join the community. Please direct questions and requests to join our listservs to BFSAA@msu.edu with your name, unit, position, and email.
Chicano/Latino Association (ChiLA)
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. ChiLA is dedicated to maintaining an oversight posture in the areas of student enrollment, staff employment, community outreach, and research relevant to the experience and condition of Latinxs, to ensure that the Latinx community is equitably represented in all aspects of university and to ensure that the university includes Latinxs in their outreach efforts.
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. CoREM will hold the University accountable for monitoring, advancing and supporting Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Engagement for historically underrepresented racial and ethnic students, staff, faculty and administrators. CoREM is a leadership team that advocates for faculty, staff, and administrators of color to ensure they have full participation at/in MSU. The focus of CoREM includes but is not limited to: (i) equitable recruiting, hiring, compensation, promotion and retention of Faculty, Staff and Administrators of color; and (ii) recruiting, admitting, retaining and graduating undergraduate, graduate and professional students of color. Registration link: http://bit.ly/CoREM
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. We strive to improve the campus climate for the MSU Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual + (LGBTQIA+) community by:
Continually developing and reviewing MSU policies to advance MSU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
Utilizing connections with Spartan leadership to establish a voice at every level of the institution
Creating an intentional space for gathering and building community
Sharing support and resources
Addressing recruitment and retention of faculty and staff
Collaborating and consulting with the LBGT Resource Center to support the needs of LGBTQIA+ students
Attending to and advocating for ongoing and changing needs
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. See https://inclusion.msu.edu/awards/women-of-color-community/index.html for more information. If interested, please subscribe to our listserv. Email email@example.com 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.
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. Since their founding and in service of their mission, they have hosted community wellness workshops, virtual tea times for graduate students and faculty, and week-long residencies for world-renowned scholars, artists, healers, and journalists. WOCI sees every one of our programming efforts as an opportunity to ensure that Womxn of Color at MSU have access to holistic and culturally validating support and resources that will allow them/us to thrive. They maintain a consistent focus on holistic health and wellbeing that supplements other resources on campus, tailoring them to the experience of Womxn of Color, effectively giving them the tools to not just survive but thrive.
WOCI events are open to undergraduate students, graduate students, faculty, staff, and community members. They have a practice of bringing womxn together from all of those groups for health and wellness activities and scholarly events. See https://woci.cal.msu.edu/ for more information.
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.
WNA hosts monthly seminars which focus on professional development and leadership building. Topics have included: Effective Networking; Creating Your Brand; Goal Setting and Achievement; Communication Skills for Women; among others. WNA programs are open to all and may have particular relevance to individuals seeking to advance their careers or develop networking and leadership skills.
While these seminars are intended for professional women at MSU, WNA activities are open to all.
Academic Centers / Departments
- If you're a faculty member looking to connect with other faculty, we encourage you to visit the Office of Faculty and Academic Staff Affairs (OFASD) webpage.
- 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. or The Gender and Sexuality Campus Center.
- 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: The ACE Women’s Network is a national system of networks within each state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia, with the goal of advancing and supporting women in higher education. Each state network is led by a state chair who works with institutional representatives and at least one presidential sponsor to develop programs that identify, develop, encourage, advance, link, and 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
- 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.
- 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: 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 of Faculty and Academic Staff Development (formerly the Academic Advancement Network)
- Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives: 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.
- Office of Institutional Equity