Mission & Initiatives


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MSU Mission Statement


As a public, research-intensive, land-grant university funded in part by the state of Michigan, our mission is to advance knowledge and transform lives.

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Strategic Initiatives


Three interconnected presidential strategic initiatives announced in 2019 are working together to chart a course for MSU’s future and yield three critical roadmap documents: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Plan, Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Plan, and university Strategic Plan. Undertaken concurrently and with interconnected planning group membership, these strategic initiatives are rooted in listening and are informed by extensive input and engagement with the broader Spartan community. They begin with the premise that a safe, inclusive and respectful campus is our top priority and diversity, equity and inclusion is foundational to all we do. They affirm that a values-based, shared vision for the strategic direction of Michigan State University is paramount to our success. They represent our collective Spartans Will and commitment to building a better tomorrow together for each other and those we serve. 

Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Plan


The RVSM Strategic Plan stems from work by leading researchers and experts in the field to develop a plan for survivor services, prevention efforts, and climate and culture change initiatives.

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Plan


DEI planning is incorporating a comprehensive strategy to identify potential synergies, inventory efforts, pinpoint existing gaps and create a framework for establishing MSU as a national leader in this area. 

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Strategic Plan


MSU used an inclusive and comprehensive strategic planning process to create a shared vision for the future and a common set of principles and values to guide our work.

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Task Force on Racial Equity


National and campus concerns prompted President Stanley to request a Task Force on Racial Equity be formed to offer insights and recommendations for more immediate action on diversity, equity and inclusion issues.

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Multicultural Center feasibility Study


A feasibility study is underway for a space that will contribute to MSU's commitment to be a safe, respectful and welcoming environment where all can succeed.

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Task Force on Higher Education and Opportunity


President Samuel L. Stanley Jr., M.D., is among 40 college and university leaders from across the country in a wide-ranging partnership committed to addressing the major challenges facing students and underserved communities.

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