Diversity and Inclusion

The new year and start of a new semester provides an opportunity to remind ourselves that like the broader MSU community, the Honors College values a diverse and inclusive community of students and scholars.

Honors College Dean Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, January 15, 2018

Therese Brimmer for MSU's Project 60/50

Artwork created by Therese Brimmer for MSU's Project 60/50

Dean's Statement on Diversity and Inclusion

dean cynthia jackson-elmooreThe Honors College takes an active approach to ensure that the College closely mirrors Michigan State University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The phrase inclusive excellence is a great way to describe the value we hold true: we are a better and stronger Honors College the more diverse we are in experience and composition. A philosophy of inclusive excellence means that we think about issues of inclusion in everything that we do; that we are necessarily and intentionally thinking about how our actions with regard to academic policy and programs, student services, and admissions are inclusive. Through some of the initiatives below you’ll see that we are not resting on the College’s strong history of inclusion, but continually challenging ourselves to grow to meet the needs of our students and celebrate the diversity of their experiences and backgrounds. Whatever stake or role you have in the Honors College I invite you to join us in our commitment to and role-modeling of inclusive excellence.


Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore, PhD
Dean and Professor
Honors College 

Select Examples of MSU’s Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

  • Statement from the Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives on advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion at MSU
  • Statement from the Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives on courageous and honest dialogues related to the U.S. presidential election.
  • Letter to the Honors College community in light of ongoing campus and community conversations.

Honors College Initiatives

Inclusive Excellence Strategic Committee msu inclusion

Begun in 2013, the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Committee works with the dean and staff of the Honors College to identify and implement strategies to encourage diversity and foster a climate of inclusivity within the Honors College. The Committee’s charge is to Identify and address opportunities for improvement in access, climate and experiences of multiple constituencies within and associated with the college including students (current and prospective), faculty/staff, alumni, and campus partners. The committee further assists with proposal development and implementation for any initiatives or programs related to inclusive excellence and inclusive practices. Additionally the committee disseminates and discusses best practices and research related to issues of inclusion and diversity.

Students, faculty, staff, and administrators from a diverse range of programs around campus make up the Inclusive Excellence Strategic Committee, which meets monthly.

John Ambrose
Admissions Associate Director

Dr. Matt Anderson
Senior Advisor to Dean, Diversity & Inclusion
Eli Broad College of Business

Dr. Ashley Green
Assistant Dean, International Studies and Programs

Dr. Lee June
Professor, Psychology

Amanuel Goshu
Current Honors College Student
Computer Science & Engineering

Crystal King
Current Honors College Student

Tristyn Walton
Current Honors College Student
Public Policy & Economics

Shayna Evans
Current Honors College Student
Applied Engineering Sciences

Dr. Bess German
Assistant Dean

Sadiq Khan Mohammed
Honors College Advisor

Yuyao Shen
Current Honors College Student

Student Support

honors college students at msu

The First Generation Community Initiative is a collection of efforts aimed at improving the experience and persistence of first generation students in the Honors College and Michigan State University. The Honors College seeks to facilitate personal connections and build community among its first-generation students and current HC students, faculty, and staff, helping students to forge a network of resources that will positively impact student success from transition to graduation.

The International Scholars Advisory Board (ISAB) is an Honors College leadership group aimed at fostering academic and personal growth of international students in the Honors College.

The Mowbray Scholars Program honors the memory of Michigan State University’s first African-American graduate, Myrtle Craig Mowbray. The Mowbray Scholars Program, open by application to all students, includes in its mission the support of students of color in the Honors College who have demonstrated potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding and who will contribute to the intellectual and cultural enrichment of the Honors College because of their life experiences.

Thank you to those individuals and organizations who have provided financial support over the years to enable us to offer students opportunities for research and study abroad. If you would like to contribute to the Mowbray Scholarship program, please use this link:donate now button

MOSAIC is the College’s student organization that fosters multiculturalism and inclusion through programming and support of campus-wide diversity efforts.

MLK, Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award is an effort to build the body of work authored by students that supports the MSU and MLK, Jr. ideals of inclusive excellence. Students from Honors College (all majors), James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and Res College in the Arts & Humanities are eligible to apply for the Award.

Staff Roles/Liaisons

Diversity Abroad Committee: Dr. Kristin Janka

International Scholars Advisory Board: Sadiq Mohammed

College Diversity Coordinators - IDEA: Dr. Bess German 

International Initiatives: Dr. Kristin Janka

LBGT Resource Center Liaison: Dr. Bess German

Sexual Harassment Unit Liaison: Dr. Bess German

Honors College staff have completed QuILL: Queer Inclusive Learning and Leadership training.

Additional MSU Resources

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center
302 Student Services Building
Phone: 517-353-9520
Email: lbgtrc@msu.edu
Office for International Students & Scholars (OISS)
105 International Center
Phone: 517-353-1720
Email: oiss@msu.edu
MSU Counseling Center
207 Student Services Building
Phone: 517-355-8270
Email: counseling@cc.msu.edu
Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT)
339 Student Services Building
Phone: 517-353-7745
Email: ocat@msu.edu
MSU WorkLife Office
Suite 116/118 Linton Hall
Phone: 517-353-1635
Email: worklife@msu.edu
Office of Institutional Equity (OIE)
4 Olds Hall
Phone: 517-353-3922
Email: oie@msu.edu
Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives (I3)
408 West Circle Drive, Olds Hall Room 114
Phone: 517-353-4563
Email: inclusion@msu.edu
Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
120 Bessey Hall
Phone: 517-884-7273