Compliance Resources


Civil Rights Laws, Authorities and Regulation

Several different Federal Civil Rights Laws, Authorities and Regulations help inform and direct our Civil Rights mandates.  For more information, visit the USDA NIFA website on Civil Rights Laws, Authorities, and Regulations.

Civil Rights Archive

Access county level demographic information by logging into the Civil Rights Archive on SharePoint.

And Justice For All

The And Justice for All poster must also be displayed wherever and whenever you deliver programming, as well as in every MSU Extension office location. In addition, electronic versions that can be used when conducting programs using PowerPoint are available below. Hard copy posters can be obtained by contacting Dionardo Pizaña at

Anti-Discrimination Statements

MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer.  Michigan State University Extension programs and materials are open to all without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, religion, age, height, weight, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital status, family status or veteran status.  (Abbreviated Statement)

Census Information

  • US Census Bureau - data on information for specific populations such as socioeconomic status, health care, nutrition, race, etc.
  • 2020 Census Data
  • 2020 Agricultural Census- information about farms in the United States broken down by state and various demographics including gender, race and state.

Collecting Participant Demographic Data


Question: What is the measurement for parity assessments of participant racial, ethnic, and gender (REG) data?

Answer: Each REG group’s representation in the eligible group should be reflected within 80 percent of those who benefit from a program or activity. For example, if a state’s population is 26 percent Hispanic or Latino, this group’s participation in each program category should be at or above 21 percent (.26 x .8 = .21).

Question: Where do I find REG data for my work team?

Answer: Work team REG data can be found at the links below:

Question: Where can I find my participants REG data?

Answer: It is emailed to you annual for Individual Action Plans, usually in October. You can also view this data in our reporting system, PEARS. (reach out to Norma at with PEARS questions)

About Parity is a document that can help you determine if your programs are reaching your audiences in proportion to their representation in the community. It is an essential part of our 'all reasonable effort' expectations.

Accessibility Resources

Limited English Proficient Audiences

Our Language Access Plan details our approach to supporting Limited English Proficient (LEP) Audiences:

Through Certified Languages International, MSU Extension helps provide staff with over-the-phone interpreting services. Click on the links below for additional information.

Web Based Accessibility

At MSU, we serve a diverse audience that relies increasingly on the Internet for many aspects of life, including education, employment, commerce, research, health care, and recreation. In today’s society, it is essential that we provide equal access and opportunity to all our users, including those with disabilities. Accessible Design can diminish and even remove barriers to information and interaction critical to success for our faculty, staff, students, and the general public. For additional information

Local Partner Compliance Documents

Process flow for partner letters. Click to enlarge and view interactive process map.


Other Resources