As defined by the MSU Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Planning Committee, April 2021
Diversity represents our varied collective and individual identities and differences. We recognize that diversity is a central component of inclusive excellence in research, teaching, service, outreach and engagement. We are committed to engage, understand, promote and foster a variety of perspectives. We affirm our similarities and value our differences. We uphold that, to truly be excellent, a university must support diversity.
Equity goes beyond fair treatment, opportunity, and access to information and resources for all, although these are crucial to the success of the university. Rather, equity can only be achieved in an environment built on respect and dignity, which also acknowledges historical and contemporary injustices. We are committed to intentionally and actively redressing barriers, challenging discrimination and bias, and institutionalizing access and resources that address historical and contemporary social inequalities.
Inclusion actively invites all to contribute and participate. In the face of exclusive differential power, we strive to create balance. Every person’s voice is valuable and no one person is expected to represent an entire community. We are committed to an open environment and campus where students, alumni, staff, faculty and community voices are equally respected and contribute to the overall institutional mission.