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2015-2016 Programs and Initiatives

September 3, 2015 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Colvard Student Union - Foster Ballroom

The Minority Faculty, Staff and Student Mixer will provide students with an opportunity to meet and build relationships with academicians and professionals at MSU and to interact with Starkville community leaders. Hors d'oeuvres and other refreshments will be provided.

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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.

November 16-20, 2015

In conjunction with the Maroon Edition Events for this year's selected book, "Same Kind of Different as Me," Holmes Cultural Diversity Center and the Student Association will launch a week long social media campaign to enhance and increase the visibility of diversity efforts at MSU through utilizing a unified #MSUEmbraceDiversity social media tag.

Using #MSUEmbraceDiversity, post an image, video, or blog to Twitter or Instagram to share your experience stepping outside of your comfort zone to encourage diversity and inclusion. Some potential ideas may include attending a religious ceremony outside of your faith, volunteering or participating for organizations and events that promote diversity and inclusion, visiting museums or exhibits that reflect diversity- the possibilities are endless! Prizes will be given away for the most creative and the most reflective entries. This event will be co-sponsored by the Student Association and the Holmes Cultural Diversity Center. Contact Hannah Owens at or Gita Ramakrishnan at for more information.

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: