Creating an Inclusive Environment

This is an interactive course. First, participants will work to understand and identify categories associated with the various labels we apply to ourselves and others in our everyday lives. Second, participants will consider the ways in which these categories apply to themselves and how this shapes their interactions with others. Finally, participants will be introduced to an exercise designed to enhance self-awareness and bridge connections.

NOTE: Creating an Inclusive Environment can be taken as a stand-alone class or as part one of the three-course Understanding Implicit Bias Certificate Program

This series of three courses (1. Creating an Inclusive Environment, 2. Implicit Bias and Microaggressions, and 3. Preparing for the Next Encounter) will allow participants experiential opportunities to thoroughly examine implicit bias and begin the work of interrupting their own biases as well as those embedded within systems at MSU. We all play a role in MSU’s ambition to achieve excellence through full participation, and this program will give you the tools to make a difference.

Upon certification, participants will:

  • Understand the lenses through which they see and experience the world, and how those lenses can be tinged with unconscious, implicit bias.
  • Have an increased understanding of power dynamics and privilege, and the barriers they create for full participation.
  • Be able to identify implicit bias and microaggressions when they play out in real life, and how to begin the work of interrupting them.
  • Have an increased sense of their own biases and a plan for continued self-education.
  • Better understand the challenges MSU faces in retaining top talent, and how you will contribute to an inclusive campus that opens doors to full participation.

This series is brought to you by the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives .


Tuesday, March 17, 2020


1:00 to 4:00 p.m.


Dr. Benjamin Reese




1407 S. Harrison Road, Room 10

East Lansing, MI