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2015-2016 Programs and Initiatives

August 26 from 10:30 AM- 2:00 PM

Colvard Student Union - Foster Ballroom (Section U)

10:30-12:30: "From Theory to Practice: Recruiting and Retaining Latino and Latina Students"

Internationally recognized presenters Dr. Rosa Maria Banda and Dr. Leticia Duncan- Brosnan will begin the event by discussing research-based strategies to recruit Latino and Latina students and support strategies and programming that can aid in retaining this group of students. Lunch will be provided after the discussion.

1:00-2:00: "Best Practices in Recruiting Women & Minority Faculty"

An esteemed expert in the field of diversity, Dr. Fred A. Bonner II will present on methods to attract a more diverse university faculty population.

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August 27 3:00 P.M.

Colvard Student Union - Room 324

Dr. Rosa Maria Banda will discuss inclusive programmatic and structural initiatives that can aid in retaining and matriculating Latina students particularly in STEM areas.

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"Reframing the Dialogue Around Men and Women of Color: Academic Success in Higher Education"

August 27 10:00 AM- 2:00 PM

Birth-12 Mini Summit

August 27 6:00-8:00 PM

Men and Women of Color Empowerment Dinner

August 28 8:00 A.M.- 4:30 P.M

Men and Women of Color Summit

*All Summit events will be held at the Mill Conference Center, Starkville, MS

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October 21, 2015 from 11:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M.

Colvard Student Union - Foster Ballroom

Structured as a panelist-based discussion, the Women in Leadership event will feature a diverse group of women in influential, leadership roles to provide insight and motivation to students on how to grow themselves both academically and professionally. Although the focus of this event centers on female students, the event is open to all MSU faculty, staff, and students. Lunch will be provided.

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Annual Events & Conferences

Each year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the Office of Institutional Diversity & Inclusion organizes a breakfast to honor the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Some of the event highlights include a keynote speaker and an essay contest for local high school students. The event attracts a capacity crowd from Mississippi State University and the surrounding community.

In the Fall of 2012, a summit was formed with a specific focus on how to aid young men of color in realizing their potential for academic and professional achievement through open dialogue and specialized sessions designed to address challenges faced by this group of young men. Now held annually in August, the Men of Color Summit has expanded to include a Birth-12 mini summit, an oratory contest, and a "Champions of Diversity" recognition ceremony for individuals who have displayed a passionate commitment to diversity.

To register for this year’s Men and Women of Color Summit, please visit:

Inspired in part by the success of the Men of Color Summit, in the Spring of 2013, a summit was formed with an emphasis on encouraging women of color towards successful academic and professional attainment. The Women of Color Summit is now held annually in March and features keynote speakers and panelist discussions on topics relevant to the holistic empowerment of women, a Birth-12 mini summit, a three-minute oratory challenge, and an awards ceremony featuring “Empowerment Honorees” who have exemplified and modeled leadership and success strategies to women.

*Special Note: Due to inclement weather, the 2015 Women of Color Summit was canceled. Programs and events from this summit have been combined with the Men of Color Summit for 2015 to form a Men and Women of Color Summit to be held August 27-28, 2015. To register for this event, please visit: