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Global DEI Webinar Series

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International Studies & Programs and the Global DEI Task Force present a three-part webinar series on using inclusive language and images in a global context.

MSU is a vibrant, global community of students, faculty, staff and partners from around the world. In support of MSU's long-term commitment to international engagement, the Globally Inclusive Language & Images webinar series will serve as a catalyst for campus-wide reflection and action by offering information and resources that reinforce globally inclusive practices.

The Globally Inclusive Language & Images sessions will:

  • Demonstrate the need to shift from centering the U.S. Spartan experience toward celebrating MSU's global community
  • Highlight lived experiences from international colleagues, students and scholars
  • Raise awareness around biases that lead to common missteps
  • Empower participants to examine, reflect on and revise current approaches
  • Provide tools, tips and resources to implement change

At the conclusion of this series, attendees will be equipped with expanded knowledge and resources to implement and reinforce globally inclusive practices in their work and personal lives.

The Globally Inclusive Language & Images learning series welcomes anyone and everyone in our MSU community to participate—administration, faculty, staff, students and scholars—especially those who develop university-related internal and external communications.

November 30, 2021: An Introduction

What is globally inclusive language and why is it important? The first webinar in the series will focus on how language and images are perceived in a global context and the need for an intentional shift toward communications that de-center the U.S. perspective and celebrate our Global Spartan community.


  • Teresa Woodruff, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Steven Hanson, Associate Provost and Dean for International Studies and Programs


  • Ashley Green, Assistant Dean for Administration and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, International Studies and Programs


  • Luis Garcia, Director, Migrant Student Services
  • Salah Hassan, Director, Global Studies in Arts and Humanities and Associate Professor, Arab American and Muslim American Studies
  • Jamie Monson, Director, African Studies Center and Professor of History
  • Judith Walgren, Associate Director and Professor of Practice, School of Journalism
  • Adesoji Adelaja, John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor in Land Policy, Department of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics

Webinar recording will be available shortly.

January 2022: Putting into Practice

How do globally inclusive language and images contribute to a welcoming university community? In this session, attendees will be given real-world examples, including common missteps and best practices, and learn how to begin implementing and strengthening more globally inclusive communications.

Page will be updated with additional details as they are available.

February 2022: Tips, Tools and Resources

How do we ensure we're being globally inclusive? Building upon the first two sessions, this webinar will focus on practical tips, tools and resources that can help attendees integrate more globally inclusive practices in their work and personal lives.

Page will be updated with additional details as they are available.


Contact Ashley Green or Anjam Chaudhary