Cultural competency

One of MSU’s guiding principles is to lead inclusively, actively, and intentionally to promote full participation and a sense of safety and belonging for all employees and staff. Join us in building cultural awareness and inclusiveness skills that strengthen cultural competence!

Learning Objectives

  • Identify Elements of Cultural Competence and Self-Awareness
  • Evaluate Source of Your Messages and Hidden Issues About Different Culture Groups
  • Eliminate/Counter Stereotypes and Cultural Conditioning
  • Practice CARES Model: Communication, Appreciation, Respect, Empathy, Sensitivity
  • Reinforce Behaviors That Support Cultural Competency and Minimize Behaviors that Undermine It 
  • Understand Intent Vs. Impact in The Workplace 
  • Address Issues and Concerns in A Way That De-escalates Tension 


Thursday, June 20, 2024 (virtual)

Tuesday, September 17, 2024 (virtual)

Thursday, December 12, 2024 (in-person)


1:00 to 3:30 p.m. (September 17, December 12)

9:00 to 11:30 a.m. (June 20)


EVPA Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion




In-person: MSU HR building, 1407 S. Harrison Road in East Lansing, Suite 10*

Virtual: Zoom*


*MSU HR Organization and Professional Development follows all applicable state and public health guidance and university-wide directives. If deemed necessary or advisable, course locations and formats are subject to change. In the event of a change, notice will be communicated via email.