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Make a Difference Giving to Michigan State University
  • $2,500 RAISED OF $7,000 GOAL


  • Dennis Keefe and Linda Bowen $1,000
  • Paulette Russell $270
  • Fashina Alade $30
  • Melissa McDaniels $100
  • Anonymous $500
  • Deborah Johnson $500
  • Paulette Russell $100

Diversity Research Network

The diversity research networkThe Diversity Research Network (DRN) connects faculty of color and scholars interested in diversity research to create scholarly communities, facilitate new interdisciplinary collaborations, and advance the growth and visibility of research by underrepresented faculty, as well as research on diversity across MSU. The DRN emphasizes MSU’s value of diversity as excellence across all disciplines, and promotes this value through the support and resources it offers. The DRN is a support vehicle for enhancing research productivity, mentoring, and training emphasizing the unique research contexts of faculty of color and diversity scholars, grant and publication output, and meaningful collaborative research opportunities.

Your Support Will Make a Big Difference

The DRN is an important support vehicle and resource for enhancing research productivity, grant and publication output, and meaningful collaborative research opportunities. Your support will go toward DRN initiatives and individual faculty to provide them places and spaces to network, collaborate, and enhance their engagement in community at MSU.

We’d love you to support faculty and research scholars in attending a beneficial professional development event, writing retreats, or grant trainings in spaces where mentoring and other professional support are available to them.

Project Budget

  • $30 = 1 DRN member attends Ford Foundation training
  • $100 = 1 DRN member attends Researcher’s Workshop
  • $650 = 1 DRN member attends the 3-day Stay Retreat writing retreat
  • $1,000 = 1 DRN member attends the 4-day Mafungo writing retreat
  • $5,000 = 1 Launch Award Program (LAP) grant

Faculty of color need unique and supportive spaces to conduct their work and to eliminate institutional isolation. The DRN exists to support the success of the Diversity Research Network and its members. LAP awards bridge or help to initiate innovative research to address diverse populations or disparities, these foundational efforts then build toward external granting success.

Your contribution will help maintain specialized programs and workshops that are meaningful and productive for scholars, such as the Summer Stay Retreat or the Mafungo Retreat, once per year programs. 

Comments from past participants:

"The feeling of community that was created was amazing!""

“My only regret is not finding a group like that sooner. The essence of community was nurturing.”

“…being able to tap back into this community of writers/scholars was invaluable at this time in my career.”

“I reconnected with my identity as a scholar”

Make a Gift by Mail:

University Advancement
Spartan Way
535 Chestnut Road, Room 300
East Lansing, MI 48824

*Make check payable to Michigan State University and write “Appeal 20OOPCF1DIVRNET” in the note section.

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