Pre-College Programs

Office of College Access Initiatives

The Office of College Access Initiatives (CAI) provides academic enrichment programs to high school students in the Lansing area in order to increase the number of youth from disadvantaged backgrounds who complete high school and enroll in post-secondary education.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups

Contact: Office of College Access Initiatives (ocai@msu.edu)


ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS)

AIMS is designed to give high school students broad exposure to the food and agricultural sciences, natural resources and related fields.

Contact: Stephanie Chau (chaus@msu.edu, 517-355-0234)


Multicultural Apprenticeship Program

MAP is designed to give high school students the opportunity to experience college life and to explore the many exciting educational and career opportunities in the agricultural and food sciences, natural resources and related fields.

Contact: Phillip Seaborn (seaborn@msu.edu, 517-355-0234)


Michigan Indian Leadership Program

MILP is designed to give Native American youth in grades 8-12 the opportunity to learn about college, experience college life on the university campus and explore the many exciting educational opportunities available at Michigan State University as well as the many career opportunities available in the agricultural, food sciences, natural resources and related fields.

Contact: Stephanie Chau (chaus@msu.edu, 517-355-0234)


Undergraduate Programs

Michigan Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (MI-LSAMP)

MI-LSAMP transforms undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

Contact: Phillip Seaborn (seaborn@msu.edu, 517-355-0234)


Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences

Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) is a national organization with chapters around the country that welcome people of all backgrounds in agriculture and natural resource-related careers. As a MANRRS member, you will learn valuable career building and networking skills through community service opportunities, skill-building workshops and conference preparation.

Contact: Phillip Seaborn (seaborn@msu.edu, 517-355-0234)


Michigan State University College Assistance Migrant Program (MSU CAMP)

MSU CAMP offers individuals with migrant or seasonal farm work backgrounds, a unique opportunity to begin an undergraduate program at MSU.

Contact: Aleida Martinez (marti995@msu.edu, 517-432-9900)


Undergraduate Research

The MSU Undergraduate Research Office works to educate students on how to find and maximize their research experiences, expand the pool of faculty engaging undergraduate students in their scholarly work, and sponsor relevant programming for undergraduate students and their research mentors (faculty and graduate students). We sponsor two large undergraduate research forums (UURAF and MidSURE) each year and offer undergraduate research grants for undergraduate students.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups

Contact: Office of Undergraduate Research (ugrsrch@msu.edu, 517-884-4384)


Women in Engineering

The mission of the Women in Engineering Student Success Office is to encourage women of all backgrounds to pursue careers in engineering


Graduate Programs

GEM Fellowship

The GEM Fellowship program is designed to offer opportunities for underrepresented minority students to obtain MS degrees in engineering and Ph.D. degrees in engineering and the natural and physical sciences through a program of paid summer internships and graduate financial assistance.

Contact: info@gemfellowships.org


Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

AGEP supports recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented U.S. minorities in doctoral programs of the natural and social sciences, mathematics, and engineering.

Contact: Steven Thomas (deshawn@msu.edu, 517-432-3268)


Summer Research Opportunities Program (SROP)

SROP is designed to increase the number of underrepresented students who pursue graduate study and research careers. SROP helps prepare undergraduates for graduate study through intensive research experiences with faculty mentors and enrichment activities.

Contact: Steven Thomas (deshawn@msu.edu, 517-432-3268)


General DEIA Resources

Diversity Research Network - Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives

The Diversity Research Network (DRN) connects faculty of color and scholars interested in diversity research, to create scholarly communities, facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations, and advance the growth and visibility of research by underrepresented faculty as well as research on diversity across MSU. The DRN emphasizes MSU’s value of diversity as excellence across all disciplines, and promotes this value through the support and resources it offers. The DRN is a support vehicle for enhancing research productivity, mentoring, and training emphasizing the unique research contexts of faculty of color and diversity scholars, grant and publication output, and meaningful collaborative research opportunities.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Grantwriting and support
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Lisa Fuentes (fuentesl@pres.msu.edu)


Institutional Diversity and Inclusion

The Office for Institutional Diversity and Inclusion leads and supports efforts to advance a diverse and inclusive campus community, consistent with MSU's core values. We:

  • Design and deliver education and training for students, faculty, and staff
  • Coordinate programs to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. and Cesar E. Chavez
  • Coordinate grants to promote and enhance diversity and inclusion on campus
  • Coordinate scholarships for community-involved students
  • Conduct and support research on inclusion-related topics 

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Undergraduate or graduate student learning

Contact: Lisa Fuentes (fuentesl@msu.edu, 517-353-4563)


Julian Samora Research Institute

The Institute has current research/outreach initiatives targeting the needs of the Hispanic community in the areas of economic development, education, and families and neighborhoods. A database is also being developed to serve as a resource on and for Hispanics. JSRI has organized a number of publication initiatives to facilitate the timely dissemination of current research and information relevant to Latinos.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Communication to public
  • Interdisciplinary collaborations

Contact: Francisco Villarruel (fvilla@msu.edu)


MSU Detroit Center

The MSU Detroit Center is designed as a space for convening education, research, outreach and engagement and extension opportunities for colleges and units of the university and its partners and stakeholders.  The Center works to advance the university's work, impact and relationships both in the City of Detroit and more broadly in Southeast Michigan.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Partnerships with other public groups
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships

Contact: Jena Baker-Calloway (bakerca9@msu.edu)


Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships

The Office of Community Scholars and Partnerships (OCSP), Division of Public Health, College of Human Medicine, is committed to developing equitable relationships with community partners, partnering institutions, and other stakeholders to ultimately improve the health outcomes of the greater Flint community through effective community engaged research. The OCSP will serve as the institutional home of the Community Based Public Health Caucus (CBPHC) of the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Vision: Optimal health for communities through equitable community-academic research partnerships
Mission: Promote community-engaged approaches to build mutually beneficial partnerships around the shared goal of improving community health and fostering community engaged scholarship.

Broader Impacts Areas

  • Youth/K-12 programs and partnerships
  • Increasing opportunities for underrepresented groups
  • Partnerships with other public groups

Contact: Dr. Kent Key (kent.key@hc.msu.edu)


Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities

The Mission of the RCPD is to lead Michigan State University in maximizing ability and opportunity for full participation by persons with disabilities.

Contact: 517-884-7273