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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  • 2016 Office Of Diversity and Pluralism Welcome Reception

    Date: September 13, 2016

    Location: Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture (446 W. Circle Drive) Atrium

    Please join the Office of Diversity and Pluralism, with special guests from the Native American Institute as we kick of the new year with refreshments and conversation. All are invited to learn about the Office of Diversity and Pluralism’s efforts to create and sustain an accessible, inclusive and supportive CANR for all faculty, staff, and students. In celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Native American Institute at CANR, our guest speaker will be Institute Director John Norder, who will tell us about the past, present, and future of its programs.


  • AutumnFest

    Date: November 12, 2016

    Location: MSU Pavilion

    41st Annual AutumnFest

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education

    3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game. 

    For more information visit the AutumnFest website at


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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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