DEI Resources for Graduate Students

Events and Networking Opportunities

First Tuesdays

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.

Conference Sponsorship

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)

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)

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 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.

Diversity Training

Please contact our office if you are interested in diversity training.

MSU’s office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiative conducts a variety of trainings and provides resources for offices working to create welcoming educational and professional spaces. 

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

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.

All are welcome at MANRRS meetings at MSU, and to find more information about the national organization here. To contact the MSU chapter, email


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

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

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.

Funding Databases

U.S. News and World Report article on scholarships available to agriculture students, as well as a listing from College .

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


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