The MSU Womxn of Color Initiatives [WOCI] is an effort to organize events for womxn of color and their allies on the MSU campus and in the greater Lansing community. In doing so WOCI aims to create spaces for students to be in conversation with each other and engage with women of color faculty, guest speakers, staff, and community members. Since spring 2016, the WOCI speaker series has brought one nationally recognized woman of color academic, creative, and/or political speaker to the MSU campus each semester.
The speaker series, artist-in-residence program, and health and wellness workshops offer cross-disciplinary and open spaces for dialogue that address issues of representation, graduation, and retention at the undergraduate and graduate level while offering community building opportunities for junior and senior faculty and staff at MSU. By bringing together speakers, workshop leaders, and community members we hope to strengthen the community of women and allies working toward social and racial justice and equity. In doing so, we can make MSU a Midwest hub for womxn of color intellectuals, artists, activists, and thinkers.