Comments from the MSU Community

Comments from the MSU community about Dr Bennett’s appointment


“Welcome to Jabbar Bennett, PhD, as he joins the Spartan family. Dr. Bennett will bring the understanding of the importance of diversity being a driver of excellence in 21st century higher education impacting issues in curriculum, research, and outreach.”

--Wanda Lipscomb, Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry; Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion, College of Human Medicine and Co-chair of MSU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee


“MSU took a giant step forward in promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive campus environment by establishing the position of Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer. Dr. Jabbar Bennett brings the right mix of knowledge and leadership experience to help lead MSU to the next stage of its development; a stage in which all units contribute to making it a national leader in achieving a truly equitable and inclusive environment for all persons from different backgrounds and identities.”

--Ruben Martinez, Professor of Sociology; Director, Julian Samora Research Institute and member of MSU’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Steering Committee


"Dr. Bennett brings a lot of experience but also hope. He shows promise to improve transparency through intentional dialogues with a range of constituencies on campus. Dr. Bennett also has concrete ideas and experiences to hold MSU accountable in our move toward becoming an anti-racist campus."

Coalition of Racial/Ethnic Minorities (CoREM) representatives on the search committee:
--Naoko Wake, associate professor, Department of History and Lyman Briggs College
--Stratton Lee III, assistant director for undergraduate programs, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
--Danielle Flores-Lopez, associate director of student success, College of Natural Science
--Kevin Leonard Sr., senior program coordinator for Multicultural Business Programs, Eli Broad College of Business