Office of Diversity and Pluralism Professional Development

Professional Development Opportunities

Opening Doors Retreat

Opening Doors is an overnight three (3) day retreat that lays the foundation for personal and organizational growth. Through this workshop, participants explore a framework that deepens their diversity awareness and enhances their ability to create inclusive organizations. The workshop addresses personal and professional change as part of an understanding differences initiative of multicultural organizational development.

Great Lakes Leadership Academy

The mission of the Great Lakes Leadership Academy is to promote positive change, economic vitality and resource conservation, and enhance the quality of life in Michigan by encouraging leadership for the common good.

GLLA focuses on helping leaders from diverse constituencies develop their individual and collective leadership to transcend self-interest and create solutions for the common good.  Participants in GLLA invest in a transformational personal growth experience and gain an in-depth understanding of complex community problems.  They learn to listen and engage in productive dialogue around difficult topics; create a culture of civic engagement; and develop dynamic networks to impact and promote action that will provide leadership for a healthy and secure Michigan.  GLLA delivers a twenty-first century program focused on developing the next generation of leaders to address issues related to sustainable communities at the local, regional, tribal and state levels.  Participants will deepen their understanding of and increase their appreciation for the diverse perspectives associated with quality of life issues.  Dynamic networks will be created to provide inclusive dialogue and encourage positive action toward a Michigan with economic and environmental vitality.

Professional Organizations


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences is a national organization that began at MSU thirty years ago. It promotes career opportunities, networking, and professional development for underrepresented undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in CANRfields.

All are welcome at MANRRS meetings at MSU, and to find more information about the national organization here. To contact the MSU chapter, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


The Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is a society of scientists dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists – from college students to professionals – to attain advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in science.

To contact the MSU SACNAS chapter, please email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Organizations without MSU chapters

National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

The National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity is an independent professional development, training, and mentoring community of over 71,000 graduate students, post-docs, and faculty members. We are 100% dedicated to supporting academics in making successful transitions throughout their careers.

Latinos in Agriculture

Latinos in Agriculture puts on a leaders’ conference each year which provides an opportunities for students and professionals to connect with peers and industry professionals nationwide.

USDA Women in Agriculture Network

In February, 2015, the U.S. Department of Agriculture put out a call on their website to women in agricultural fields to join a department-led network that creates mentorship relationships across the country between women in Ag.


The National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals(Pronounced ‘nah-goal-step’) seeks to empower lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer individuals in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by providing education, advocacy, professional development, networking, and peer support. They conduct national conferences, workshops, administer scholarships and a nationwide mentoring program.

American Agri-Women

American Agri-Women is the nation’s largest coalition of farm, ranch, and agri-business women with more than 50 state, commodity, and agribusiness affiliate organizations throughout the country. AAW lobbies in state and federal legislatures and administers scholarships for women in agriculture.

National Women in Agriculture Association

NWIAA aims to provide outreach and education to rural and urban communities about agriculture and sustainability. With a focus on underserved communities, NWIAA is led by a vision of empowerment for minority women in underserved communities. This national organization includes a Michigan chapter

Women Food & Ag Network

WFAN is a professional community of women in sustainable agriculture. The organization provides conservation information by and for women landowners, runs a mentorship program for women in agriculture, and lobbies on issues of agricultural policy

Networking Opportunities

Please see the Programs page on our website to see Office of Diversity and Pluralism networking opportunities including:

  • First Tuesday Mixes
  • CANR Women’s events
  • Welcome Reception
  • Conferences
  • Workshops