Diversity & Equity Services Office

Land Acknowledgement

We collectively acknowledge that Michigan State University occupies the ancestral, traditional, and contemporary Lands of the Anishinaabeg – Three Fires Confederacy of Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi peoples. In particular, the University resides on Land ceded in the 1819 Treaty of Saginaw. We recognize, support, and advocate for the sovereignty of Michigan’s twelve federally recognized Indian nations, for historic Indigenous communities in Michigan, for Indigenous individuals and communities who live here now, and for those who were forcibly removed from their Homelands. By offering this Land Acknowledgement, we affirm Indigenous sovereignty and will work to hold Michigan State University more accountable to the needs of American Indian and Indigenous peoples.

Our Leadership

Every day, my work is guided by a focus on the principles of multiculturalism, equity, diversity, inclusion, and access: MEDIA. I place equal weight on each element of my mission, and these principles are central to the programming and outreach that I offer to our whole student body.

Dean Ferguson, ’02

Alumna Mary Ann Ferguson, Assistant Dean for Diversity and Equity Services, has provided diversity leadership at MSU College of Law since founding the DESO in 2006.

Our History

The Law College has provided legal opportunities to diverse populations since its founding in Detroit in 1891. Michigan State University College of Law students come from a wide variety of personal, professional, and educational backgrounds. This diversity creates a rich exchange of ideas in the classroom and beyond.

Our Mission

Above all, our mission is to accept, appreciate, and achieve diversity. Join us in actualizing our Triple "A" Mission: Accept Voice, Appreciate Vision, and 21st Century Achievements.

Our Commitment

To facilitate a diverse, inclusive, equitable, and safe Law College Community that embraces race, color, genetic information, gender, gender identity, religion, national origin, political persuasion, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, height, weight, veteran status, age or family status.

Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly.

Martin Luther King Jr., Letter from the Birmingham Jail