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“Also, important to student learning are institutional environment that are perceived by students to be inclusive and affirming, and where expectations for performance are clearly communicated and set at reasonably high levels.” (Education Commission of the States, 1995; Kuh, 2001; Kuh et al., 2005b; Kuh et al., 1991; Pascarella, 2001).

EIMA strives to foster the campus’ engagement with and understanding of critical issues, including bias, power, and privilege.  We actively counter racism, sexism, classism, heteronormativity, ableism, and other forms of institutionalized oppression. By enhancing our understanding of these issues we can productively work towards creating a more inclusive campus environment.

EIMA is excited to launch its Reel to Real Film Series, as well as Critical Conversations Series:

Critical Conversations Series

When: Monthly on 3rd Mondays: Sep 18, Oct 16, Nov 27, Jan 22, Feb 19, Mar 26, Apr 23 | 4p-5:30pm

Where: Legacy Multipurpose Room

Critical Conversations Series targets MSU faculty and staff, but is open to the entire MSU community. Attendees will engage in important conversations regarding race, ethnicity, sexuality, systems of oppression and other topics that influence the delivery of present-day collegiate education. The series utilizes a number of formats including speakers, panels, and film for attendees to participate in critical thinking and dialogue that is constructive and applicable to a range of professions within academia and that encourages a variety of ways to support today’s college student. 

Reel to Real Film Series

When: Monthly, 1st Thursdays: Oct 5, Nov 2, Feb 8, Mar 8, Apr 12 | 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Where: Legacy Multipurpose 

The Reel to Real Series introduces and engages MSU students in a variety of topics focused on culturally relevant themes. A guest panel offers thoughtful commentary on each film and engages the audiences in deeper dialogue and reflection. 

Educational Resources

The Safe Zone Project: The safe zone project is a free online resource for creating powerful, effective LGBTQ awareness and ally training workshops.

Diversity Toolkit: This toolkit is meant for anyone who feels there is a lack of productive discourse around issues of diversity and the role of identity in social relationships, both on a micro (individual) and macro (communal) level. 

Social Justice Toolbox: The social justice toolbox is a resource hub for free, curated, ready-to-rock social justice activities and facilitation guides designed to help you make the most of your diversity workshops and social justice trainings.