Inclusive Campus initiative underway with the fall community forums | MSU Today

In May, the Inclusive Campus Initiative was formed as a partnership between Residential and hotel services and Student Affairs and Services raise awareness of the concerns of under-represented students.

The initiative is the result of the leadership of Senior Vice President for HRH and Auxiliary Businesses and Acting Vice President for SAS Vennie Gore, and informed by the work of the DCI Steering Committee and the Racial Equity Task Force.

This project is an effort to meet the ongoing demands of students who have resurfaced year after year at community town halls. Gore has regularly heard students say they feel insecure and tackling this issue is a top priority as two cohorts of students enter campus for the first time this fall.

“We are undertaking this project to develop inclusive strategies that can be implemented this fall in the hope that students of all identities will feel safe on campus,” said Gore.

Last July, an Inclusive Campus Initiative Summit was held at Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center where more than a hundred participants began to develop plans on how to address student concerns.

From Monday, September 13, the initiative will launch a virtual community forum series aimed at increasing the visibility of diversity, equity and inclusion efforts on campus. The forums will provide an opportunity for students to ask questions and share their concerns with university leaders. The first forum will feature Jabbar R. Bennett, vice president and director of diversity at MSU, who will address the topic of campus safety.

The forums will be held via Zoom Mondays (September 13, September 27, October 11, November 1, November 15) from 5 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. EST and are open to MSU students, staff and faculty. Registration is compulsory.

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