Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan


The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee was formed by MSU President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., in December 2019 and was charged with creating a strategic framework centered on diversity, equity and inclusion. Comprised of 26 MSU experts, the committee conducted 53 listening sessions with more than 400 participants from stakeholder groups across the university. The committee also reviewed and benchmarked 16 DEI plans from the Association of the American Universities and Big 10 institutions.

The recommendations were incorporated into the work of MSU’s Strategic Plan; the efforts of MSU’s new Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Jabbar R. Bennett, Ph.D.; and the strategic planning divisions of all MSU academic and administrative units.

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Video: DEI Plan Webcast

MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer Jabbar Bennett, and Co-Chairs Wanda Lipscomb and Luis Alonzo Garcia discuss the DEI Strategic Plan and answer questions from the MSU community.