Jan. 17, 2020
TO: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee
FROM: Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., President
RE: Michigan State University Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Planning
Thank you for agreeing to serve on the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Committee. We have an opportunity to build on the momentum of MSU’s successes as we chart a course toward an even brighter future.
Michigan State is an extraordinary institution making a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and communities across Michigan, the nation, and the world through its planning processes, we can build on our strong foundation. We have the opportunity to strengthen our commitments to live our shared values every day around diversity, equity, and inclusion and to lead by example in being a safe, welcoming, and respectful campus.
A culture embracing diversity, equity and inclusion is essential for all that Michigan State University (MSU) wants to accomplish. A comprehensive planning process around those values will work in collaboration with the strategic planning process while elevating the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion as a foundation for all MSU does.
We must use this moment in the arc of our institution’s journey to inventory efforts around diversity, equity, and inclusion across campus, identify potential synergies, pinpoint existing gaps, and establish a framework for making MSU a national leader in this area. In so doing, it will be necessary to examine, among other areas, the composition and success of our faculty, staff and student body; research and scholarship; curriculum and educational programs; community engagement; and the culture our community members live and experience each day. These areas should be evaluated broadly with a focus on social identities, including, but not limited to age, color, disability status, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, socioeconomic level and veteran status.
This process should result in an actionable plan that informs the long term strategic planning of the institution. To that end, I expect the committee to address the following questions through an open and inclusive process:
As a steering committee, your deliverables will be to:
We must all work together to advance diversity, equity and inclusion through every part of our university, and hold ourselves accountable for prioritizing this work, adopting initiatives to advance our progress and achieving meaningful results.
Principles for Planning Process