Council on Diversity and Community

NatSci Statement on Federal Executive Orders


Dear College of Natural Science Students, Faculty and Staff:


In view of the recent federal executive orders on immigration, deportation- and refugee- related issues, and in full support of President Simon’s letter to the greater MSU community, the College of Natural Science reaffirms its commitment to a safe, supportive and welcoming environment where all students, faculty and staff can pursue academic and professional success, and where discrimination is not tolerated.


Throughout the years, both MSU and the college have significantly benefitted from the scientific and cultural contributions of students, faculty and staff from all around the world, including from the countries specifically targeted by the executive orders. It is the firm opinion of the NatSci Council on Diversity and Community that discriminatory actions against specific nationalities have a detrimental effect on the entire Spartan community and on the open culture of scientific inquiry we foster together. It is critical for all of us, as a community, to show compassion and provide our support in every way possible.


Maintaining a respectful and inclusive campus community requires vigilance. We must, therefore, all stand up against derogatory and discriminatory language or actions whenever we see them. If you experience or witness acts of bias or discrimination, please report these to the Office of Institutional Equity (OIE).


NatSci advisors, faculty and staff are here to support our students. Professional counselors are also available at the MSU Counseling Center. In addition to these resources, the Office of International Students and Scholars (OISS) has set up a special page on its website that includes information and resources related to the latest federal executive order:


It is essential that we all work together to foster an inclusive community where Spartans of all backgrounds can study, work and thrive.




The College of Natural Science Council on Diversity & Community and

R. James Kirkpatrick, Dean

The council generally meets monthly and is composed of up to 20 people representing all groups in the college above the undergraduate level. Individuals are encouraged to apply, especially from groups not currently represented in the membership. Please send a statement of interest to Faith Peterson, 104 Natural Science Building.

Mission & Bylaws

Current Events/ListServ

"Pathways to Science" Luncheon & Seminar with Dr. Federico Ardila
March 16, 2017, C204 Wells Hall
12:00 - 1:00pm -- luncheon for graduate students and postdocs
RSVP for luncheon by March 13 at
1:00 - 1:45pm -- seminar on diversity and community in the sciences

Dr. Ardila is a professor of mathematics at San Francisco State University and an adjunct professor at Universidad de Los Andes, Bogota, Colombia. Dr. Ardilla teaches courses simultaneously at SFSU and Universidad de Los Andes and has supported members of underrepresented groups in mathematics with his teaching initiatives.

At the luncheon, graduate students and post docs will have an opportunity to talk informally with the speaker about his personal experiences, obstacles he’s faced, and issues of work-life balance. During the seminar, Dr. Ardila will share his perspective on diversity and community with the broader MSU community. Everyone is welcome at the seminar!


STEM Teaching Essentials Workshop
Learning Narratives from Students of Color in STEM Classrooms
11:30-1:30pm, February 16, 2016

Engineering Dean’s Conference room (EGR 3405)
Facilitators: Danielle Lopez, NatSci Assistant Director of Student Success, Kendra Pyle Kanaboshi, Academic Advisor, and Lazarius Miller, Biology-Interdepartmental Senior Undergraduate panel of STEM students

Results from the recent student climate survey and research on the benefits of an inclusive classroom suggest that hidden bias, microaggressions, and discrimination have a large impact on student success. This workshop will feature a facilitated discussion on the how to create an inclusive classroom, based on actual MSU student experiences. A panel of undergraduate STEM students from minoritized groups will share their stories from MSU classrooms and give feedback on specific strategies to create an inclusive and welcoming classroom environment so that all students can be more successful.

The STEAM4DIVERSITY listserv was created to disseminate diversity and inclusion information for the entire MSU community. It is intended to offer a place to share on- and off-campus events, information and resources. If you would like to become a member, please contact Faith Peterson ( with your email address.


Mission Statement

The College of Natural Science’s Council on Diversity and Community (CDC) disseminates information and sponsors and organizes learning opportunities to encourage and maintain diversity within the College of Natural Science and MSU.

Guiding Values

All members of the college contribute to the diversity of the College and University Communities. Diversity includes, but is not limited to: race, gender, sexual orientation, class, ability, belief and discipline. CDC is dedicated to the following beliefs:

  1. Diversity is key to maintaining the scientific leadership of the College and University.
  2. Departments and Programs must create and nurture respectful, inclusive and supportive communities to foster work-life balance and diversity.

Strategic Priorities

The CDC attends to these beliefs by:

  • Advising the Dean of the College and unit administrators on policies and procedures pertaining to diversity and community.
  • Creating programs and workshops for faculty, students and staff within the College aimed at addressing issues related to fostering and maintaining diversity.
  • Supporting seminars highlighting the efforts of individuals engaged in issues relating to diversity.
  • Creating virtual and real forums through which information relevant to specific communities is communicated.

Council on Diversity and Community Bylaws (PDF)