Diversity in Action Panel

April 16, 2021
12 - 1:15 p.m. EDT

Zoom

Panelists will discuss their understanding and experiences of facilitating and participating in DEI efforts. The discussion will include exploring what support is helpful, sharing stories of learnings and engaging on what the current challenges they are experiencing. The goals of the event are to bring awareness of on-going efforts, sharing resources and envisioning what’s next for DEI efforts.

Panelists will include:

  • Stephanie Chau is one of the Assistant Directors of Undergraduate Diversity for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. Chau coordinates the Michigan Indian Leadership Program and is involved in outreach and engagement with the Native American Community. She is an enrolled citizen of the Little River Band of Ottawa Indians and has been active in the Native American community for over 40 years.
  • Justin Kunkle is the Assistant Director of Undergraduate Studies and Academic Advisor in the Department of Forestry at Michigan State University. Kunkle has a research background in forest ecology and plant ecophysiology. In recent years, his focus has been on creating sustainable pathways to natural resources education and careers for students traditionally underrepresented in related fields.
  • Phillip Seaborn is one of the Assistant Directors for Undergraduate Diversity in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR). In his role, Seaborn oversees three Pre-College programs including the Multicultural Apprenticeship Program (MAP), ANR Institute for Multicultural Students (AIMS) and the ANR Institute for Multicultural Students Bilingual (AIMS-B). Seaborn serves as co-advisor for the MSU chapter of the Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS) organization.
  • Ayodele Daré is the education program coordinator in the CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Daré's role focuses on interaction with faculty, staff, students and other stakeholders concerning programming needs related to DEI, coordinating events for programs and initiatives, maintaining the ODEI social media channels, working with communication partners to publicize programs and events and working with CANR to facilitate DEI trainings and workshops.
  • Dionardo Pizaña is the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Specialist for MSU Extension. He has over 25 years of experience developing, teaching, and facilitating diversity education programs through Michigan State University Extension, Adrian College, and Siena Heights University. He is a nationally recognized multicultural consultant, speaker and trainer. Dionardo’s work as an activist and educator is grounded in his conviction that deep and lasting institutional change requires an equally strong commitment to “working on oneself” while nurturing authentic relationships across difference.
  • Ming-Han Li is professor and director of the MSU School of Planning, Design and Construction. Li’s unique strength is his interdisciplinary background. He is a professional engineer and a professional landscape architect in the state of Texas, with a bachelor of science degree in agricultural engineering (National Taiwan University), master of science in civil engineering (The University of Texas at Austin), both master of landscape architecture and PhD in urban and regional sciences from Texas A&M University (TAMU).

Accommodations

Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information, contact the CANR Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at anr.dei@msu.edu