Creating and sustaining an accessible, inclusive and supportive community.
Welcome to the Office of Diversity and Pluralism in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.
The mission of the Office of Organization and Professional Development for Diversity and Pluralism (ODP) is that it will serve as a resource that faculty, staff and graduate students within the units of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) use to develop intentional efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, staff and graduate students to enhance teaching, research and extension.
To this end, ODP works with relevant departments to recruit diverse students, faculty, and staff; to support the professional development of members of our community from diverse and historically underserved backgrounds; and to represent and advocate for diverse representation in academic and professional fields in agriculture and natural resources.
Explore the programs, events, and resources we maintain to support our mission.
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MSU Releases Updates to Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct Policy
Michigan State has recently updated its University Policy on Relationship Violence and Sexual Misconduct. The changes reflect an understanding of a greater need for community training and response. You can read the accompanying letter from the President, as well as the announcement from MSU‘s Title IX coordinator.
To ensure that all MSU community members have access to the resources they need, MSU has issued the following guides, one for students and one for faculty, to help them understand the resources and processes MSU uses to address this problem.
MSU also recently issued a response to a national survey on campus sexual violence.
The Journey From Fields to Careers
In Support of ODP’s mission to support diverse students in ANR careers, a course titled “Preparing for Academic Success and Exploring Careers in Agriculture and Natural Resources” was designed for freshmen students of migrant farm worker background. It was developed as a collaborative strategy between the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Office of Diversity and Pluralism and the College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP) at Michigan State University. These students share common experiences including educational disruptions, financial need, and a lack of geographic continuity. The course is intended to provide preliminary instruction, counseling, and career planning for this unique group of students.
The goal was to equip these first generation college students with the tools necessary to persist and succeed in their journey through higher education. The course curriculum included multiple interactive and hands-on instructional strategies to engage students in course content.
You can read a recent write-up of this course in Adelante | Forward Magazine.
Michigan State University’s Migrant Student Services in collaboration with the Office of Diversity and Pluralism, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources bring together, through the process of introspection and interactive experiences, a video production about the journey of migrant farm worker students to Michigan State University.
Celina Wille a CANR alumna, transitioned this Spring from MSU Extension to CANR’s Office of Diversity and Pluralism as AssociateDirector. She holds a B.S. in Agronomy and a B.A. in Education. In 1988, she transferred to MSU from Brigham Young University’s Agricultural Economics M.S. program and graduated from Michigan State University with a Ph. D. in Agricultural and Extension Education in 1992. Dr. Wille has spent the past 18 years of her career in various appointments such as Extension Specialist, Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Agricultural and Extension Education Department of Texas A&M University and has also held a joint MSUE and College of Social Science appointment as Visiting Assistant Professor with the Julian Samora Research Institute. Her most recent
MSU affiliations were with the Michigan Nutrition Network and MSU Extension’s Institute for Improving Health and Nutrition. Celina has been involved in outreach and research activities in agriculture, 4-H and Youth Development and Nutrition Education. Much of her community fieldwork has been focused on culturally diverse or Spanish-speaking populations in poverty. In 1997 she was the recipient of the Vice Chancellor’s Award in Excellence at Texas A&M for her work promoting diversity in their agriculture program. She alsoreceived recognition from MSU for her team work in diversity at the All-University Excellence in Diversity Recognition and Awards Program in April 2002 and later that year, she received the John Hannah Award for Program Excellence as member of the MSU Extension Floriculture Area of Expertise Team. Dr. Wille is also the author of two bilingual children’s publications: “We Like to Eat” and “We Like to Eat Fruits and Vegetables” currently distributed across Michigan through MSUE, several state agencies and non-profit community organizations. Her third story “We Like to Eat From our Gardens”, currently in the works, will be published early this Fall in collaboration with the Michigan Fitness Foundation. The book will feature culturally-diverse connections promoting gardening and nutrition.
Catherine Galitzine has worked in not-for-profit advocacy, higher education, and legal fields for the past 10 years, mostly on issues of freedom of expression and civil rights, with a focus on the LGBT community. She has lived and worked most of her life in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, and is brand new to the Midwest. Ms. Galitzine holds a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing from Emerson College and a JD from Northeastern University. At Northeastern she served as a teaching fellow in the Legal Skills in Social Context Program, which aims to create a legal pedagogy that prepares students to advocate in diverse environments and across demographic difference. Her interest in preparing diverse professionals for a careers in which they are underrepresented brought her to the Office of Diversity and Pluralism.