CAS Adviser Wins Grant to Promote Diversity and Inclusion

LG1Academic adviser for the Office of Academic & Student Affairs Lauren Gaines was awarded a $10,000 Creating Inclusive Excellence Grant (CIE) through the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives at MSU. The grant will be used to execute programs and initiatives that support persistence and retention of first-year students in the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State.

MSU's Office of Inclusion serves as an institutional focal point for promoting inclusion and diversity at Michigan State University. The CIE Grant is a funding opportunity for faculty and campus organizations that share this interest.

Gaines, who is the Coordinator of Diversity and Multicultural Initiatives, is also a dean-appointed member of the IDEA Coordinators Committee for the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at the university level.

Gaines began to take interest in writing a proposal for the CIE grant with the idea of expanding upon models of best retention and persistence practices, being employed in the advisor-led Freshman Seminar, CAS 101.

"For the college, the grant will mean a lot in terms of diversity. The results will give us insight into whether or not we are succeeding with diverse student populations, and specifically incoming freshman. In addition to benchmarking, it will also show us how we can move forward and positively affect change in this area in the future," Gaines said.

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