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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  • 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.

  • Halal Food: An Introduction to Islamic Laws and Ethics

    Posted on November 23, 2015 12:44pm

    Scientists, legal practitioners and other food industry professionals active in global food markets will have an opportunity to gain a greater understanding of Islamic dietary laws and practices in January when the Global Food Law program at Michigan State University introduces its new course in halal food regulation.

  • A Dream Deferred

    A Dream Deferred

    Posted on November 11, 2015 4:04pm

    If you missed Dr. Kelvin Grant’s November 3, 2015 presentation at the ODP First Tuesday mixer, listen here to the audio of that event.


  • The Journey From Fields to Careers

    Posted on November 11, 2015 12:54pm

    ODP and CAMP create a course designed to prepare students from migrant farmworker families for college and career.

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