Diversity, Equity, and 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.



Dr. Nwando Achebe

Meet the College of Social Science Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusive Affairs Team

The Michigan State University College of Social Science Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusive Affairs (ODEIA) welcomes two new staff members to its team, Veda Hawkins and Victoria Pierce. Dr. Nwando Achebe returns to her role of Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Faculty Development, and Strategic Implementation as well as Director of the Office of Diversity.



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:
Dean's Distinguished Senior Scholar Program

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

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. 



Diversity Champion Maya Craft attends college resume critique and mock job interview workshop with fellow Career Services Office staff.


This month, we celebrate “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.” Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.



Diversity Champion 
Maya Craft

Maya Craft has spent over 10 years at Michigan State, working to make the post-graduation and job searching experience more navigable for students through professional development. She is particularly interested in assisting international and first-generation students along their collegiate and career journey, helping them to find jobs both here and abroad. Craft currently serves as Assistant Director of the Career Services Network in the College of Social Science.

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Diversity Torch
Megan Smejkal

Megan Smejkal is a senior majoring in political science, economics and history. She is the Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer for the MSU Residence Halls Association, Cultural Vogue Chair for the Asian Pacific American Student Organization, President of the Professional Asian Student Organization, and a member of the Women’s Leadership Institute. Originally an adoptee from Korea, Megan grew up in Mount Prospect, Illinois.

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Diversity Spotlight

Diversity Spotlight
Maggie Chen-Hernandez

Maggie Chen-Hernandez is the Assistant Director of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion unit of Residence Education & Housing Services, housed in Student Life & Engagement. She is one of the founding members of the Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO) and has worked tirelessly to make campus a more inclusive place not just for Asian Americans, but students of all races and backgrounds.

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Special Feature
Asian Pacific American (APA) Studies

We shine a special spotlight on our APA Studies Program that is celebrating their twentieth year. Congratulations!

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