While our campus and nation work to create a more equitable and inclusive society through awareness, dialogue and action, we want to reemphasize our commitment at Michigan State University to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) education. As many of you know, MSU has been preparing required online DEI curricula designed to reach every student and employee. We hope to present this training later this month.
On Sept. 22, the White House issued an executive order on workplace training. The executive order, and its potential applicability to MSU, is being reviewed. But its spirit and intent are deeply concerning. If the executive order is an attempt to stifle or suppress fact-based conversations about race, sex and inclusion, we stand firmly against that premise.
To provide a campus that is safe, respectful, welcoming and supportive — for all — we believe education and development programs are essential for those who work as well as study here. Similar to our education efforts around relationship violence and sexual misconduct (RVSM), it is important to build a common platform for how we treat one another. These efforts allow us to discuss very difficult issues confronting our society and make an unambiguous statement of MSU’s institutional values and workplace expectations. We think it can help bring us together, achieving more common understanding around issues that can often divide us.
Michigan State University represents a community unafraid of self-reflection. We remain committed to the important work of moving together toward a campus where all can pursue success unhindered by fear, hate or ignorance of others.
Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D.