The Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, the Vice President for Finance and Operations, and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Services share responsibility for providing pluralism, diversity, and multicultural programs. The University’s holistic approach includes such themes as gender, racial-ethnic minorities, disabilities, and sexual orientation. The Coalition of Racial/Ethnic Minorities (COREM) serves in an advisory and advocacy capacity on faculty and staff issues.

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT)
Constructs supportive social and educational communities that actively involve students in learning. Specifically, we prompt students’ involvement in broad-based University learning experiences (e.g., neighborhood concept, study-abroad, alternative spring break, internships, etc.), while also connecting them to campus resources, people, and programs that lead to deeper student learning and personal success. In part, the Office accomplishes this mission by building critical alliances and links to academic units. Additionally, OCAT helps students to better understand themselves and others through cultural and social activities. Student-to-student interaction is the key to benefiting from diversity, and OCAT strives to bring together individuals as well as groups of students from diverse racial, ethnic, international, and domestic backgrounds for meaningful interactions. Moreover, OCAT supports individual students in their navigation of cross-cultural encounters, and in their own understanding, exploration and development of cultural identity. OCAT employs multiple strategies to accomplish these goals. A few of OCAT’s signature programs include the Intercultural Aides, the Maximizing Academic Growth in College program (MAGIC), the Dia de la Mujer (DDLM), the Focus Conference, and Spartan Re-mix. View our website at www.ocat.msu.edu.