Office of Diversity and Pluralism

“Creating and sustaining an accessible, inclusive and supportive community.”

Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Pluralism in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.

Our Mission

The mission of the Office of Organization and Professional Development for Diversity and Pluralism (ODP) is that it will serve as a resource that faculty, staff and graduate students within the units of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) use to develop intentional efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and graduate students to enhance teaching, research and extension.

To this end, ODP works with relevant departments to recruit diverse students, faculty, and staff; to support the professional development of members of our community from diverse and historically underserved backgrounds; and to represent and advocate for diverse representation in academic and professional fields in agriculture and natural resources.

Explore the programs, events, and resources we maintain to support our mission.

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Events

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News

  • Meet Phillip Seaborn: Assistant Director of Undergraduate Diversity

    Posted on October 7, 2016 2:01pm

    In August, CANR welcomed Phillip Seaborn to the position of Assistant Director of Undergraduate Diversity. Phillip will be responsible for overseeing the pre-college and outreach programs and diversity initiatives for the undergraduate population. ODP will be working with Phillip on structural initiatives to create an inclusive college for all students, faculty, and staff. Phillip’s position works closely on pre-college and undergraduate issues, while ODP focuses on faculty, staff, and graduate student support and initiatves.

    We sat down with Phillip to get an idea of who he is and why he does this work.

  • Notes from the Office of Diversity and Pluralism

    Posted on October 7, 2016 1:56pm

    Welcome and welcome back from the Office of Diversity and Pluralism!

     

  • Diversity in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources: Q&A with Dean Hendrick

    Posted on September 7, 2016 10:27am

    Ron Hendrick began his position as Dean of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resouces in July of 2016. Diversity programs will be a priority in his first year. We sat down to discuss why diversity is a priority of his, and how we can all be a part of that. 

    ODP: Why is diversity a priority in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR)? 

    RH: A diverse community that includes students, faculty and staff members gives us an opportunity to meet that entire community’s needs. It fosters creative thinking. Ensuring that the CANR is diverse is one of the most important ways we serve our community – and as leaders, that’s what we do. Research shows that professionals from different backgrounds bring different ideas to classrooms, to labs, to offices. Diversity programs are not just a nice thing to do, the excellence of our teaching and research depends on them. To be successful, every student needs to have professors, and professionals around them with whom they share life experiences. Being the only person like you in a room - whether because of your gender, race, ability, age, or anything else - is a barrier to success, and we want everyone in the CANR to have the most direct path to success that we can provide.

     

  • Office of Diversity & Pluralism Recognition 2016

    Office of Diversity & Pluralism Recognition 2016

    Posted on April 25, 2016 9:46am

    The following departments were recognized by the CANR Office of Diversity & Pluralism for efforts to promote programming: 

    • Titus Awokuse, Chair, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
    • Mike Kaplowitz, Chair, Community Sustainability
    • Scott Winterstein, Chair, Fisheries & Wildlife
    • Fred Derksen, Chair, Food Science & Human Nutrition
    • Jim Kells, Chair, Plant, Soil & Microbial Sciences

     

  • This Month at the Office of Diversity and Pluralism

    Posted on February 15, 2016 3:38pm

    Hello everyone. With all the programming, professional development opportunities, and diversity-focused education happening in our college and MSU as a whole, we at ODP have decided to post a monthly news to our website. This is the first edition, so please feel free to call / email / tweet at our office to let us know what you’d like to see in our updates.

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