Under the leadership of Senior Vice President Vennie Gore and informed by the work of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Steering Committee and Racial Justice Taskforce, the Inclusive Campus Initiative (ICI) is designed to create a space wherein discussions of student social justice and advocacy issues involve students voices firsthand. The ICI offers multiple opportunities for collaboration between partners focused on student advocacy work across campus.
In May of 2021, Meaghan Kozar was hired as the interim project manager for the initiative. Kozar works alongside a planning committee of volunteer staff from Michigan State University’s (MSU) Division of Residential and Hospitality Services (RHS) and Student Affairs and Services (SAS). Gore asked RHS leaders, Kelly High McCord and Tariq Abdelhamid to assist with strategic guidance for the initiative.
This project is a result of the on-going student concerns shared at town halls and through multiple lists of student demands. Gore explains, “We are undertaking this project to develop inclusive strategies that can be implemented in fall of 2021 and beyond toward the vision that any identity will feel safe on the MSU campus.”
As Gore has noted, over the years, he has consistently heard from students, “I don’t feel safe.” This lack of safety is a tremendous concern especially as students return to campus in person.
Inclusive Campus Initiative Update #1 (October 2021)
Supporting Our Students with their List of Demands
Learn more about STUDENT LIST OF DEMANDS created by Black Students’ Alliance, 10-Point Pan for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, MSU EPIC and APASO APIDA Demands.
Stay tuned for more updates…
Inclusive Campus Initiative Virtual Community Forums
COVID TOWNHALL (Oct. 20, 2021)
What are the Inclusive Campus Initiative Virtual Community Forums?
The Inclusive Campus Initiative Virtual Community Forums are a space for all things Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) related at MSU. Each forum will focus on a “hot topic” that speaks to the real concerns and challenges that students are facing at MSU. Each forum will also feature a special guest who will share how they are utilizing the principles DEI to promote a more inclusive campus at MSU. Students, staff, and faculty are invited to attend.
1. Updates on DEI initiatives, opportunities, and programming (i.e. Inclusive Campus Initiative, ASMSU’s Chief Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Officer, CORES/COPS Eboard, REHS DEI Leadership and more!)
2. Learn about ways to get involved with DEI opportunities at MSU (for students/staff/faculty)
3. Share concerns.
4. Ask questions.
5. Support our students!
What are students saying?
!Save the Dates!
*Save the date for a special community forum on Wednesday, Oct. 20 – COVID Webinar featuring guests President Stanley, Provost Teresa Woodruff, and Dr. David Weismantel.*
Monday, Nov. 1—Topic = Campus Safety—DACA, *Hosted by DreaMSU
Monday, Nov. 15—Topic TBA, *Hosted by Black Students’ Alliance
ICI Virtual Community Forum #3 TOPIC: Campus Safety – COVID-19
(October 18, 2021)
ICI Virtual Community Forum #2 TOPIC: Campus Safety – Policing @ MSU
Featuring Marlon C. Lynch, Vice President and Chief of Police
(September 27, 2021)
ICI Virtual Community Forum #1
Featuring Dr. Jabbar R. Bennett, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
(September 13, 2021)
Inclusive Campus Initiative Summit
This summit brought together staff from the divisions of Residential & Hospitality Services, Student Affairs and Services, and several campus partners.
(July 26th and 28th)