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Equity Outreach Initiatives

Equity Outreach Initiatives at Michigan State University aims to increase individuals’ and organizations’ capacity to implement equitable policies, procedures, and classroom and organizational practices for meeting the academic and social needs of a diverse PreK-21 student body and workforce. Our purpose is to provide professional education that assists educators, community organizations and corporations in creating and sustaining equitable communities by centering issues of race, culture, power and privilege in learning and work environments. Stakeholders receive instruction from Michigan State University experts who have in-depth experience connecting research and practice in these areas.

Equity Outreach Initiatives is led by Assistant Dean Dorinda Carter Andrews, who is nationally known for her research on issues affecting the academic performance of students of color in K-12 education. She has shared her expertise as a consultant to many school districts and higher education institutions.

What We Do

Participants examine issues of culture, power and privilege to promote sustainable change in their school communities and organizations through:

  • Professional education on culturally responsive leadership and instructional practices
  • Connecting research to practice (i.e. praxis) for PreK-21 educational leaders, staff, and teachers
  • Professional education for developing and sustaining diverse and inclusive work environments

Who We Serve

  • PreK-12 administrators, practitioners, and staff
  • Higher education faculty, administrators, and staff
  • Community organizations
  • Corporations

Our Definition of Equity

We define equity as a measure of fairness and justice by meeting the needs of individuals and groups. Educational equity, then, is achieved through assessing needs and implementing policies, practice, and programs that eliminate barriers to success for students of historically and traditionally marginalized groups (e.g., race, ethnicity, gender, class, ability, religion, sexuality). Similarly, achieving workplace equity requires assessing needs and implementing policies, practices and programs that eliminate barriers for employees to have similar access to career opportunities.

Contact Us

If you are interested in a professional education event for your team or organization, contact Dorinda Carter Andrews, Assistant Dean of Equity Outreach Initiatives, dcarter@msu.edu or (517) 432-2070.