DEI Resources for Faculty and Staff

In our ongoing efforts to diversify our faculty, our labs, and our offices, the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion is interested in fostering your networks and professional relationships as the faculty and staff of CANR. If you are interested in representing CANR in any of the below spaces, or if you have a professional opportunity that you believe will benefit the diversity goals of the college, please contact the office for potential sponsorship and administrative support.

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)

Association of 1890 Research Directors Research Symposium

(if you have additional organizations or conferences you would like the office to consider adding, please contact us)

Search Committee and Recruitment Support

The Office is available to consult with faculty and staff who are involved in searches for faculty and staff positions. The office can provide the following services to search committees and hiring managers:

  • Drafting language for requesting diversity statements and rubrics for committees to evaluate diversity-related competencies of candidates.
  • Researching additional outreach sources for the committee to reach a diverse qualified pool of applicants.
  • Training and resources on how to avoid implicit bias in search processes.

ODEI is building a list of recruitment resources specific to the CANR disciplines that departments will be able to use to increase the reach of their faculty and staff searches and reach a broader pool of qualified individuals. If you would like to suggest a resource, or contribute to this project, please contact the office.

The MSU Inclusion office also maintains a database of recruitment resources for diverse populations for public use.

Professional Development and Diversity Training

Professional Development

MSU’s Academic Advancement Network.

Teaching Essentials for MSU STEM Faculty

We maintain an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity which all faculty and staff can access if they register with their email address. This membership entitles you to access to professional development resources including

  • Webinars
  • Online courses
  • Discussion forum
  • Career coaching

If you have any questions about this membership, or have trouble with the registration process, please feel free to contact the office.

Opening Doors

Opening Doors is offered each year as a collaboration between MSU Extension and ODEI. It is a 3 day immersive workshop in which participants will:

  • Increase understanding of diversity by identifying and learning more about their own identity groups.
  • Identify personal feelings and experiences related to cultural and other differences among people.
  • Examine how practices of institutions, as well as our own personal practices, maintain inequities among people and prevent us all from reaching our potential.
  • Collectively develop a framework and common language in order to facilitate change.
  • Build alliances and networks.

The workshop is offered at no cost to faculty and staff of CANR.

Please contact the office to ensure you receive an invitation when registration opens for the next workshop.

MSU Extension two-day multiculturalism workshops

During this two-day Multicultural Self-Awareness Workshop, participants will explore ways in which to view interactions with people different from themselves. The emphasis is on differences rather than similarities. The workshop focuses on the individual and helps explore belief systems about multiculturalism to identify feelings and values from a multicultural perspective. This intensive learning experience focuses on increasing awareness of several areas of prejudice, discrimination and oppression, including racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and ableism.  Participants are encouraged to reflect on how they’ve learned to think about human differences and on the widespread tendency to view differences within a monocultural view of “better than/less than” thinking. In addition, participants have opportunities to apply what they’re learning to work-related scenarios and explore alternative, more helpful behaviors.

ODEI has funding to sponsor attendance at this workshop for faculty and staff of CANR.

Training Requests

ODEI is happy to coordinate a training with College or University experts on the following topics. There is training available for individuals or groups of all sizes. Please feel free to call or email the office to determine which training would best address your needs.

  • Queer Inclusive Learning and Leading (QUILL)
  • Cultural Intelligence (CQ) Training
  • Implicit bias
  • Microaggressions
  • Cross-cultural engagement
  • Diversity, inclusion, and social justice
  • Creating an inclusive classroom
  • Best practices in recruitment and hiring
  • MSU‘s anti-discrimination policies

Resources for inclusive Classrooms and Offices

Inclusive Excellence can be reinforced or eroded with every interaction. ODEI is happy to work with faculty to review syllabi and classroom materials for inclusive language, diverse perspectives, compliance with MSU holiday and anti-discrimination policies etc. Please contact the office to take advantage of this service.

Resources for Building Inclusive Communities including information on difficult dialogues in the classroom from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives. 

Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning

Academic Advancement network page of resources for Difficult Dialogues in the Classroom that includes internal and external information on this topic.

Inclusive teaching resources from MSU Libraries

Holidays, MSU policy.

Diversity Style Guide for articles, communications, etc.

Glossary of terms used by LGBTQ Communities and their Allies.

Lending Library

ODEI 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 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 to receive email notice when a new webinar is made available.

Campus Organizations and Resources

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)

MSU’s Black Faculty Staff and Administrators Association

Lesbian Bisexual Gay and Transgender Resource Center

EAGLE (American Indian Faculty and Staff Association)

Women’s Advisory Committee for Support Staff

Women’s Advisory Committee to the Provost

Individual Support and Mentoring

Students, staff at all levels, faculty, and administrators should feel free to come to the ODEI office to express issues and concerns. You will receive a supportive, listening, confidential environment as well as assistance, advocacy, referrals, and other support to address and assist in helping resolve your concerns.

CANR and MSU Inclusion and Diversity Reports

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