2016 Office Of Diversity and Pluralism Welcome Reception

Date: September 13, 2016 - September 13, 2016
Location: Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture (446 W. Circle Drive) Atrium


The work of the Office of Diversity and Pluralism at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources extends beyond its academic departments. We support a number of organizations with mandates to serve the wider community. The Native American Institute is housed in Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture. Celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2016, NAI was established to help North American Indian organizations and tribal governments plan and prepare to meet the present and future needs of their constituents. NAI works with and for native communities on development projects and public programs, leveraging MSU’s resources and expertise to the benefit of the communities it serves. As part of their 35th anniversary celebration, the Native American Institute will be co-hosting the Office of Diversity and Pluralism’s 2016 welcome reception. Come and hear about the history and goals of NAI, as well as the resources provided by the Office of Diversity and Pluralism. Meet the staff and learn about the current work being done. Enjoy refreshments and meet other students, faculty, and staff committed to the goals of an accessible, inclusive, and supportive CANR.


John Norder:

John William Norder received his B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Wisconsin and his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. He has research and teaching interests on topics relevant to Native American and First Nations archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology, particularly in the Great Lakes region of North America.  Current and ongoing work has focused on the ways in which traditional Indigenous knowledge is used as a tool of mediation between issues of identity, cultural and natural resource heritages, and economic development in the context of local and state level political negotiations. 

The Native American Institute

The mission of the Native American Institute is to work with tribes, American Indian organizations and various Michigan State University units to enhance the sovereignty, cultural continuity and wellbeing of tribes, Indian communities and Indian people. We strive to build close and responsive relationships with tribal and urban Indian communities and the various resources across MSU to provide the best services possible to tribes, Indian organizations, Indian people, policy makers and the general public.