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.
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.
The MSU WorkLife Office announces the Adult Caregiver Affinity Group. 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 will be the fourth Thursday of the month from 12 noon to 1:00 PM beginning January 28. For questions contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
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).
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.
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.
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
- Increasing visibility
- 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
Coalition of Racial and Ethnic Minorities (CoREM)
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
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. Every second Tuesday starting January through May 2021. For questions contact email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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.
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.
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
Includes links to other resources https://apastudies.msu.edu/index.html
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.
EAGLE is the Native American Faculty Staff group active within MSU.
The Student Veterans Resource Center is dedicated to promoting the educational, career, and personal advancement of service members and veterans at Michigan State University.
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
- 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.