Diversity & Inclusion

At the College of Social Science, we believe that the quality of our academic programs, learning, and work environments, depends upon our capacity to uphold the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We strive to cultivate an inclusive and welcoming college environment that celebrates a diversity of people, ideas, and perspectives.



Meet our Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Faculty Development, and Strategic Implementation

Dr. Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe is a multi- award-winning historian and teacher for the College of Social Science at Michigan State University. She is also the founding editor-in-chief of the Journal of West African History.



Dr. Nwando Achebe

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Planning and Implementation

The College of Social Science (SSC) has completed a strategic planning process to advance our goals of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), in alignment with Michigan State University’s mission to make DEI central to our excellence. Many students, faculty and staff participated in this collaborative process. The plan will be implemented over 5 years starting late Fall 2023 semester.




Now accepting applications: 2023 DRAP and DDSSP 

The Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs is now accepting applications for the 2023 Dean's Research Associate and Dean's Distinguished Senior Scholar programs.

The Dean's Research Associate is an initiative aimed at promoting an inclusive scholarly environment in which outstanding scholars in the social sciences support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy. The Dean’s Research Associates will have a minimal teaching load, will be mentored and supported, and will participate in a SSC Dean’s Research Associate Development Institute, with the goal of possibly transitioning them into tenure-system positions at Michigan State University. The DRAP is an ongoing program that will re-open applications every even year until further notice.


The Dean's Distinguished Senior Scholar Program aims to promote an inclusive scholarly environment for exceptional senior faculty who will bring distinction to Michigan State University, substantially enhance the College of Social Science’s standing, and support the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academy.