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

  • Career Gallery - Hosted by MSU Career Services

    Date: September 27, 2016

    Location: Breslin Center

    Career Gallery is a three-day career fair that brings top talent from across MSU together with all industries. Each day of the fair has a focus area; employers are welcome to register for one, two, or all three days of Gallery.

  • MSU Education Abroad Expo

    Date: October 6, 2016

    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The Education Abroad Expo (formerly the Study Abroad Fair) is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting education abroad opportunities available at Michigan State University.

  • 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 http://www.canr.msu.edu/alumni_donors/alumni/autumnfest

     

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Fall 2016

    Date: December 16, 2016

    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Advanced Degree Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 3:30 p.m. on Fri., Dec. 16. Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will recieve their degrees as a part of this ceremony.

  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Fall 2016

    Date: December 17, 2016

    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony for students graduating in Fall 2016 will be held in the Breslin Center at 2 p.m. on Sat., Dec. 17. Undergraduates in all CANR majors, including Construction Management, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture students will graduate as a part of this ceremony.

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News

  • 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.

  • 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.

     

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