We have provided programs and initiatives to support and enhance diversity. We will expand our campus and external partnerships to implement inclusive recruitment and retention practices.
Objective 2.1: Activities with External Partners
We will formalize our connections with institutions and networks that serve diverse populations.
2.1.1 By 2019, build on our developing network with Wayne State University and seven historically black college and universities (HBCUs) to submit a proposal for the NSF’s Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program [Program Solicitation 16-552].
2.1.2 Establish five new 3+2 joint bachelors-masters programs between MSU departments and partner MSIs.
2.1.3 Develop toolkits of best practices related to diversity and inclusion in graduate education from (1) NSF INCLUDES, (2) CIRTL, and (3) the Big Ten Professorial Advancement Initiative that can be adapted and used by MSU graduate programs across disciplines.
Objective 2.2: Activities with MSU partners
We will enhance units’ capacities to incorporate inclusive practices and foster diverse communities.
2.2.1 Increase the number of Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP) participants who are admitted to and supported by MSU graduate programs.
2.2.2 Require graduate programs that apply for Academic Achievement Graduate Assistantships (AAGA) and recruitment-related funding to create a “Diversity Action and Assessment Plan” based upon a template developed with the Graduate School.
2.2.3 Institutionalize the recently piloted Doctoral Student Recruitment and Retention Program.
2.2.4 Reach out to I3, DRN, HR and others to collaborate on programs that will ensure a broad inclusive culture around all aspects of graduate education.
Objective 2.3: Support for Diverse Student Populations
We will ensure targeted and effective programs for all student populations.
2.3.1 Compile and evaluate current programs targeting underrepresented or underserved graduate student populations to assess and ensure their efficacy.
2.3.2 In collaboration with colleges and units, strengthen and create effective bridge programs that serve to recruit traditionally underrepresented students and support their needs.
2.3.3 Work with graduate associate deans and graduate program directors to adapt components of the AGEP Community model to better support students in their program and college environments.
2.3.4 In collaboration with OISS, determine needs of international students concerning transitioning to US culture, wellness, and placement, and co-develop responsive programs within and across colleges.