Dionardo E. Pizaña
Dionardo Pizaña 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.
Additionally, Dionardo is an ex-officio member of the CANR DEI Committee.
Dionardo will be retiring at the end of 2023.
Fulfilling a family legacy
Published on October 6, 2020
Building diversity, equity, and inclusion capacity for extension educators across the United States
Published on September 30, 2020
Using the NCI charrette process to build trust
Published on August 15, 2019