Civil Rights

MSU Extension believes fully in the principles of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion because we know that human differences enrich our lives, work and community. We embrace our responsibility to be a resource for all, taking into account differences across cultural, ethnic economic and other backgrounds. As a Land Grant University, MSU Extension is also required to comply with Federal Civil Rights laws and policies which prohibit discrimination in federally assisted programs and discrimination in employment practices. Although there are clear distinctions between diversity, equity and inclusion concepts and compliance concepts, there is considerable linkage and overlap. That linkage is that our actions reflect what we believe. What is expected of us and the mechanisms used to demonstrate those actions are known as Civil Rights Compliance.

Oversight for MSU Extension Civil Rights compliance is based in the MSU Extension Human Resources office and is in concert with MSU Extension Administration. All staff should be familiar with the civil rights laws, regulations and guidelines regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and how they apply to their responsibilities.

MSU Extension prohibits discrimination in employment and program access and participation on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status, or veteran status.

This Civil Rights website provides a number of resources that can answer your questions on: MSU Extension Civil Rights Policy and Procedures, anti-discrimination statement use, use and copies of the “And Justice for All” programming poster, civil rights law and bias-free communication, etc.

Questions may be addressed to the MSU Extension HR Office, District Directors, Institute Directors or the MSU Extension Director.

Director's Letter regarding Civil Rights

Contact Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist

Dionardo Pizaña

Dionardo Pizaña

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist, MSU Extension
MSU Extension
pizanad@msu.edu
517-432-2666
Dionardo is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for MSU Extension statewide. He is based on MSU's campus in East Lansing.

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