Dionardo E. Pizaña
Justin S. Morrill Hall of Agriculture
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Specialist
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Dionardo is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for MSU Extension statewide. He is based on MSU's campus in East Lansing.
Dionardo is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for MSU Extension. He has over 25 years of experience developing, teaching, and facilitating diversity education programs through Michigan State University Extension, Adrian College, and Siena Heights University. He is a nationally recognized multicultural consultant, speaker and trainer. Dionardo’s work as an activist and educator is grounded in his conviction that deep and lasting institutional change requires an equally strong commitment to “working on oneself” while nurturing authentic relationships across difference. He believes that authenticity is far more than mere friendship or working affiliation. It is based on trust, honesty, risk-taking, mutual responsibility, humility, and acceptance that tension in relationships is a necessary component that leads to growth. As a lifelong learner around issues related to social justice and change, Dionardo has participated in foundational learning opportunities such as cultural bridges, VISIONS training, Opening Doors and The People’s Institute. His ongoing commitment to issues of social justice continues a legacy of community and social justice work inspired by his parents and grandparents. He is also a guest instructor for the MSU National Charrette Institute training programs.