Diversity and Inclusion

honors college staff receives award

Ongoing efforts to promote diversity and inclusion in the Honors College earned the college the unit award for Excellent Progress Toward Diversity Collaboration at the 2018 All-University Excellence in Diversity Awards held in February.

"The 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. 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."

Honors College Dean Cynthia Jackson-Elmoore
Archived statements regarding diversity and inclusion


Honors College Initiatives

honors college students at msu

The Academic Scholars Program is open to high-achieving, Pell Grant-eligible and first-generation college students. If you would like to contribute to the Academic Scholars Program, please click on the button: donate now graphic

The Diversity Research Showcase is an annual event that provides students with the space to present their work or work in progress on issues of diversity that advance inclusion with peers, faculty and staff.

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 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 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.

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 Residential College in the Arts and Humanities are eligible to apply for the Award.

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

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 click on the button:donate now button

The Research Scholars Program focuses on underrepresented groups of students in research. This program includes students eligible for federal work study, students from urban high schools and students admitted to the Honors College through the campus-based admissions process.


Staff Roles/Liaisons

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