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 & Inclusion

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.

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Dr. Nwando Achebe

 

This month, we celebrate “Juneteenth,” short for June nineteenth.  Juneteenth is a holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, the day in 1865, when federal troops took control of Texas ensuring that all enslaved people were freed. It is also called, Black Independence Day, a day for celebrating African-American people and culture.

 


Diversity Champion

Diversity Champion
Faculty/Staff
Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter

Dr. Kaston Anderson-Carpenter is an MSU assistant professor of Psychology, whose research aims to understand the social determinants that contribute to inequity in sexual minority communities, and the processes that facilitate positive change.

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Diversity Torch

Diversity Torch
Student
A'Lexus Hunt

A'Lexus Hunt is a recent MSU graduate, who majored in Interdisciplinary Studies. A'Lexus was a member of the Black Student Alliance at MSU.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Alumni
Larry Thompson

Larry Thompson, an MSU Sociology alumnus, was the former U.S. Deputy Attorney General during part of the George W. Bush administration (2001-2003), the second highest ranking position in the U.S. Department of Justice. An experienced leader in the private and public sectors, Mr. Thompson continues to thrive in his law career.

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Additional Resources

  • Books - General Public
    • Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of the Movement by Angela Davis
    • Juneteenth by Ralph Ellison
    • Just Pursuit by Laura Coates
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
    • Killing Rage: Ending Racism by bell hooks
    • The Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
    • Uprooting Racism: How White People Can Work for Racial Justice by Paul Kivel
    • Withness for Freedom: African American Voices on Race, Slavery, and Emancipation by C. Peter Ripley
    • Where Do We Go from Here: Chaos or Community? by Martin Luther King
    • Stamped from the Beginning by Ibram X. Kendi
    • How to Be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi
    • So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo
    • Me & White Supremacy by Layla F. Saad
    • The Color of Law by Richard Rothstein
    • Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks
    • Tears We Cannot Stop by Michael Eric Dyson
    • Warmth of Other Suns by Isabel Wilkerson
    • Caste: The Origins of our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson
    • Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope by bell hooks
    • I’m Still Here by Austin Channing Brown
    • The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander
    • Black Wall Street: From Riot to Renaissance in Tulsa’s Historic Greenwood District by Hannibal B. Johnson
    • How to Be an Anti-Racist by Ibram X. Kendi
  • Podcasts - General Public
    • Juneteenth Conversations (Dr. Michael G. Cartwright, host)
    • Code Switch (Shereen Marisol Meraji & Gene Demby, hosts)
    • Diversity: Beyond the Checkbox (Donald Thompson, host)
    • Diversity in Tech (Joanna Udo, host)
    • In Black America (John L. Hanson Jr., host)
    • Beyond 28 (Marc J. Spears, host)
  • Other resources - General Audience
    • SoarWorks DEI Resources—Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
    • We Are Lit—a Black-owned, multicultural bookshop in Grand Rapids, MI
    • Socialight Society—the first Black woman-owned bookstore and microshop in the Greater Lansing area (Read more here)
  • Books - Academic
    • Linguistic Justice: Black Language, Literacy, Identity, and Pedagogy by Dr. April Baker-Bell
    • Race Matters by Dr. Cornel West
    • Stamped from the Beginning: A Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
    • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing by Dr. Joy DeGruy
    • Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches by Audre Lorde
    • Women, Race, & Class by Dr. Angela Y. Davis
    • Privilege, Power & Difference (3rd ed) by Johnson, A. G.
    • Readings for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd) by Blumenfled, W. J., Castaneda, C., Hackman, H. W., Peters, M. L., & Zuniga, X.
    • The Praeger Handbook of Social Justice and Psychology (Vol. 1-3­) by C. V. Johnson & H. L. Friedman
    • White Privilege: Essential readings on the other side of racism (5th Ed) by Rothenberg, P. S
    • Black Residential Segregation in the City and Suburbs of Detroit: Does Socioeconomic Status Matter? By Joe Darden and Sameh Kamel
    • Choosing Neighbors and Neighborhoods: The Role of Race in Housing Preference by Joe Darden, Richard Hill, June Thomas, and Richard Thomas
    • Black Faculty in Predominantly White U.S. Institutions of Higher Education: The Influence of Black Student Enrollment by Joe Darden, Sameh Kamal and Andrew Jacobs
  • Articles - Academic
    • Crenshaw, K. (1989). Demarginalizing the intersection of race and sex: A Black feminist critique of antidiscrimination doctrine, feminist theory and antiracist policies. University of Chicago Legal Forum(1), 139-167.
    • Crenshaw, K. (1991). Mapping the margins: Intersectionality, identity politics, and violence against women of color. Stanford Law Review, 43(6), 1241-1300.
    • Mitchell, U. A., Nishida, A., Fletcher, F. E., & Molina, Y. (2021). The long arm of oppression: How structural stigma against marginalized communities perpetuates within-group health disparities. Health Education & Behavior, 48(3), 342-351. https://doi.org/10.1177/10901981211011927
    • The 1619 Project: A Brief History of Slavery That You Didn’t Learn in School, by Mary Elliott and Jazmine Hughes
    • The 1619 Project: What the Reactionary Politics of 2019 Owe to the Politics of Slavery, by Jamelle Bouie.
    • The 1619 Project: America holds onto an undemocratic assumption from its founding: That some people deserve more power than others, by Jamelle Bouie
  • Other Resources - Academic