DEI Resources for Graduate Students
Events and Networking Opportunities
First Tuesday Mixers are an opportunity for graduate students, faculty, visiting scholars, guest speakers, and peers to interact outside of the classroom – to network as well as give and receive support and advice. Keep an eye out for an email invitation and join us most First Tuesdays of the month for a meal and conversation. For more information, contact the office.
The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion seeks to have representation at a variety of professional and academic events to ensure our recruitment reaches the full range of potential graduate students and professionals possible. As a result there is some funding available for CANR graduate students to attend professional conferences in order to expand your professional networks, as well as represent CANR. If you are interested in representing our programs in any of the spaces below, please contact the office for more information.
Minority Access Incorporated (organization and conference)
National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (organization and conference)
Black Doctoral Network (organization and conference)
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (organization and conference)
National Black Farmers Association (organization and conference)
(if you have additional organizations or conferences you would like the office to consider adding, please contact us)
ODEI Office Resources
One on One Counseling
Students and faculty can make an appointment with our office for general academic or career counseling.
Lending Library and Web Content
The ODEI office maintains a lending library of books and DVDs related to our mission that are available for checkout. Materials focus on issues of race and ethnicity in higher education, sexuality and gender, diversity trainings, civil rights history, and other topics of general and academic interest. Our library is located in our office at 102 Agriculture Hall.
A searchable list of our current assets are available at our Library Thing page.
Please stop by or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow our materials.
In addition, ODEI occasionally purchases access to webinars and other online resources for the use of the CANR community. These will be posted here as they become available. Email email@example.com to receive email notice when a new webinar is made available.
Please contact our office if you are interested in diversity training.
Visiting Faculty Initiative
We also have a Visiting Faculty Initiative to support short-term exchanges for faculty members or scholars-in-residence. Please contact our office for more information.
Michigan State University Resources
- The CANR office for Undergraduate Diversity coordinates pre-college opportunities and supports diverse undergraduates in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
- The MSU Extension office of Diversity and Multiculturalism houses professional development opportunities, and resources for all community members seeking to promote diversity at MSU and in all Michigan communities.
- The MSU writing center offers the Navigating the Master's Degree Workshop Series, the Navigating the PhD Workshop Series, as well as other academic writing resources.
- The Edward A. Mellman Scholarship for Persons with Disabilities is a funding source available to physically disabled students pursuing CANR degrees.
- For information about compliance with anti-discrimination policies and equal opportunity laws, please visit Office for Institutional Equity. 's
- The Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives is MSU’s focal point for promoting inclusion and diversity at MSU.
- The Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is the first point of contact for women’s issues and information at MSU. The Center hosts a variety of programs, runs a networking association, and administers scholarships for nontraditional students.
- The Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities works to increase MSUs capacity to work with people with disabilities, and provides a wide variety of services to assist community members navigating MSU. They also administer scholarships, and facilitate accommodations on campus.
- Read MSU's Annual Diversity Reports .
- In addition to those above, there are various diversity clubs, organizations, and resources that celebrate diversity on campus.
Professional Organizations and Funding Sources
Professional organizations and networking is vital for all academic professionals. The organizations below offer networking opportunities, conferences, and funding for a variety of professionals and students.
Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences is a national organization that began at MSU 30 years ago. It promotes career opportunities, networking, and professional development for underrepresented undergraduates, graduate students, and professionals in CANRfields.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Organizations without MSU chapters
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 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.
This listing compiles grants for students with a disability.
If you would like to see us include information about an organization not listed here, or would like help locating resources for a group not represented here, please email email@example.com.