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Dean's Corner

By Elizabeth H. Simmons, November 10, 2016

As this month's Dean's Corner, I'd like to share an important message from the LBC Committee on Inclusivity, which I support wholeheartedly.

Who Will Bridge Differences? Spartans Will. inclusion.msu.edu

Dear Lyman Briggs Community,

Regardless of which candidates you supported, we commend those of you who took part in our nation's political process. However, after a long, and at times divisive, election cycle, the mood on campus is filled with uncertainty for some members of our community.

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, this is a moment when we can pause and recognize the values that we share and affirm as a college. At Lyman Briggs, our diversity is more than an incidental aspect of our community: it is central to our identity. Justice not only asks us to respect all members of Lyman Briggs College, but our mission as a college goes further and guides us to cherish and celebrate our differences. We firmly believe that the ideals of academic excellence and engaged learning are most fully attained within a community of diverse students, staff, and faculty.

We warmly welcome international and indigenous students and faculty, LGBTQ individuals, persons of all genders, races, and ethnicities, and persons of all faiths, creeds, and backgrounds. We thank you for choosing Briggs, and we are here to support you.

Signed,

The Lyman Briggs Committee for Inclusivity (LBC Inc.)

I deeply appreciate the many acts of kindness and respect I have seen taking place throughout our college community this week in public spaces, classrooms, and online forums. For those looking for additional ways to connect, the MSU Academic Advancement Network has resources for Difficult Classroom Conversations, the MSU home page features "Schooled," an original spoken-word piece by alumnus Will "The Poet" Langford, and a pair of Healing Spaces events are coming up on November 14 and 15.

Regards,

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