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An Open Letter of Support to Michigan State Students from MSU Faculty & Staff

To love on our Spartan students...

To love on our Spartan students...

Dear our Spartan student community,

This last week, these past months, this past school year has been tough.  Incidents of interpersonal and structural, interlocking oppressions have continued to affect your Spartan experience.  You have felt unheard, felt silenced, felt like there is nowhere to go.  

We see you continuing to have to practice resilience, to be told to be continuously strong in the face of overlapping -isms.

Others may have given you messages that you are not worthy of humanity.  You are a human full of worth.

You have been given messages that your voice does not count.  It does count.

You have been fed messages that you are unworthy of love.  You are worthy of love.

You have felt unheard.  We want to listen. 

We, the undersigned faculty & staff members, want to love on you a little bit harder than we have been.  We have heard many say that they do not know who to go to, who will support them.  We will support you.  We want to hear you and help in whatever ways we can.  We want you to understand your experiences are not just about reporting to the appropriate offices (like the Office of Institutional Equity).  We have heard you in many spaces express your pain and experiences and we want to be here to support you.

Find us.  Reach out.  So we can reach back out.

**This letter is inspired by several letters already authored by MSU faculty as well as faculty nationally, including "An Open Letter of Love to Black Students: #BlackLivesMatter," the "We Stand with Standing Rock" letter from members of AAAS, and "A Letter from Latinx/CLS Faculty to Latinx Students at MSU."

In solidarity,

  • Alex C. Lange, LBGT Resource Center/Student Affairs & Services, langeal3@msu.edu
  • Jasmine Lee, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (River Trail), leejasm@msu.edu
  • Donna Rich Kaplowitz, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, donnak@msu.edu
  • Kendra Pyle Kanaboshi, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology/Plant Biology, kpyle@msu.edu
  • Heather Shea Gasser, RISE (Residential Initiative on the Study of the Environment), gasserhe@msu.edu
  • Krysta Coleman, Department of Student Life/ Advisor to ASMSU, colem371@msu.edu
  • Genyne L. Royal, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (South), royalgen@msu.edu
  • Jonglim Han Yoo (Ms. J), Dow STEM Scholars Program/NSSC/APUE, hanjong@msu.edu
  • Bailey Krestakos, LBGT Resource Center, krestak1@msu.edu
  • Eduardo Olivo, Residence Education and Housing Services, olivoedu@msu.edu
  • Ginny Jones Boss, Educational Administration, gmjones@msu.edu 
  • Antonio Pee, Residence Education and Housing Services, peeanton@msu.edu
  • Tamika Smith, Residence Education and Housing Services, smitht80@rhs.msu.edu
  • Sarah Davis, College of Veterinary Medicine - Office of Diversity and Inclusion, davissa@cvm.msu.edu
  • Erica Wehrwein, Physiology, wehrwei7@msu.edu
  • Laura Burroughs, College of Veterinary Medicine - Office of Diversity and Inclusion, burrou32@cvm.msu.edu
  • Lydia Weiss, WorkLife Office & MSU Alumna, weisslyd@msu.edu
  • Danielle Merrill, Residence Education and Housing Services, dmerrill@rhs.msu.edu
  • Jodi Roberto Hancock, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (North), hancockj@msu.edu
  • Rick Shafer, Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution, shaferrt@msu.edu
  • Maggie Chen-Hernandez, Mosaic: the Multicultural Unity Center-MRULE/ICA Program, chenma@msu.edu
  • Deanna "Dee" Hurlbert, LBGT Resource Center, hurlber3@msu.edu
  • Kirstin Parkin, Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, parkinkr@msu.edu
  • Jessica Garcia, Sociology/Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, jcgarcia@msu.edu
  • Amber Cordell, Office for International Students and Scholars, amberc@msu.edu
  • Kent Workman, Lyman Briggs College, workman@msu.edu
  • Loren Clupny, LBGT Resource Center, clupnylo@msu.edu
  • Christie Schichtel, Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, schicht3@msu.edu
  • Michael Allensworth, Residence Education and Housing Services, allensw1@rhs.msu.edu
  • Jeanna Gazel, MRULE/ICA Program, gazeljea@msu.edu
  • K.C. Keyton, Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, keytonkr@msu.edu
  • Michael Kapowitz, Community Sustainability, kaplowit@msu.edu 
  • Brian Teppen, Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences, teppen@msu.edu
  • Daniel Spadafore, International Advancement, dms@msu.edu
  • Erik Maillard, ASMSU, maillar2@msu.edu 
  • Cori Fata-Hartley, College of Natural Science, fatahart@msu.edu
  • Dreux Baker, MRULE/ICA Program, bakerdre@msu.edu
  • Kimberly Steed-Page, Student Parent Resource Center, steedkim@msu.edu
  • Paul Brown, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, brownp17@provost.msu.edu
  • Ignacio Andrade, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, andrade@msu.edu
  • Dee Jordan, Council of Graduate Students, cogspres@msu.edu
  • Kevin Epling, Communication and Brand Strategy, epling@msu.edu
  • Dave Chupak, Residence Education and Housing Services, chupakda@rhs.msu.edu
  • Carlos Fuentes, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, fuentes@msu.edu
  • Melissa McDaniels, Graduate School, mcdani73@msu.edu
  • Kevin Pajaro, Community Relations Coalition, pajaroke@msu.edu
  • Renee Zientek, Center for Service-Learning & Civic Engagement, zientekr@msu.edu
  • Sheryl Kubiak, Social Work, spk@msu.edu
  • Amy Martin, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, mart1742@msu.edu
  • James M. Lucas, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, lucasjam@msu.edu
  • Patricia Walters, English Language Center, walter31@msu.edu
  • Suchitra Webster, Community Liaison, hingwesu@msu.edu
  • Matt Helm, Graduate Student Life and Wellness, helmmatt@msu.edu
  • Brian Proffer, University Activities Board, proffer1@msu.edu
  • Angha Sirpurkar, International Studies & Programs, angha@msu.edu
  • Scott Westerman, MSU Alumni Association, wsw@msu.edu
  • Lynn Aguado, Office of Study Abroad, aguado@msu.edu
  • Nicole Namy, Office for International Students and Scholars, namynico@msu.edu
  • Dale Elshoff, Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, elshoff@msu.edu
  • Tana Fedewa, MSU Sexual Assault Program, tanaf@cc.msu.edu
  • Sara Olsztyn, RHS Operations, olsztyn@rhs.msu.edu
  • Maja Myszkowski, Residence Education and Housing Services, myszkow2@msu.edu
  • Stephanie Motschenbach, University Advancement, motsche3@msu.edu
  • Skyin (Xiaoyu) Yin, Office for International Students & Scholars, skyin@msu.edu
  • Joy Hannibal, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (South), hanniba2@msu.edu
  • Sue Petrisin, MSU Alumni Association, suep@msu.edu
  • Cathy Lugibihl, Residential and Hospitality Services Human Resources, lugibihl@msu.edu
  • Kris Renn, Educational Administration, renn@msu.edu
  • Terah Venzant Chambers, Educational Administration, terah@msu.edu
  • Erin Graham, History/GenCen/CLS, egraham@msu.edu
  • Erica Flasky, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (North), flaskye@msu.edu
  • Leslie D. Gonzales, Educational Administration/HALE, gonza645@msu.edu
  • Deborah J. Johnson, Human Development & Family Studies, john1442@msu.edu
  • Laurie Hollinger, RCAH Center for Poetry, hollin53@msu.edu
  • Laina Wirgau, Sexual Assault Program, lainaw@cc.msu.edu
  • Lynn Paine, College of Education, painel@msu.edu
  • Andrea Louie, Anthropology/Asian Pacific American Studies, louie@msu.edu
  • Bianca Stepanyan, Sexual Assault Program, biancas@cc.msu.edu
  • Kristen McGrath, Honors College, mcgra103@msu.edu
  • Lynn Lammers, Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, lammersl@pres.msu.edu
  • Kathryn Reed, CANR External Relations, kreed@msu.edu
  • Brittland DeKorver, Lyman Briggs College, dekorver@msu.edu
  • Mark Largent, Lyman Briggs College & James Madison College, largent@msu.edu
  • Kendra Cheruvelil, Lyman Briggs College/Fisheries and Wildlife, ksc@msu.edu
  • Caroline Nelsen, Sexual Assault Program, nelsenca@cc.msu.edu
  • Monica List, Bioethics, Humanities, and Society Program, listmoni@msu.edu
  • Vashti Sawtelle, Lyman Briggs College/Physics & Astronomy, vashtis@msu.edu
  • Naoko Wake, Lyman Briggs College/History, wake@msu.edu
  • Patricia Soranno, Fisheries and Wildlife, soranno@msu.edu
  • Desiree Baolian Qin, Human Development and Family Studies, dqin@msu.edu
  • Katie Hinko, Lyman Briggs College/Physics, hinko@msu.edu
  • I-Ching Grace Hung, Counseling Center, hungichi@cc.msu.edu
  • Riyad Shahjahan, Educational Administration, shahja95@msu.edu
  • Mary Tate Bremigan, Fisheries and Wildlife, bremigan@msu.edu
  • Chris Torres, Educational Administration, ctorres@msu.edu
  • Patricia Marin, Educational Administration/HALE, pmarin@msu.edu
  • Scott Becker, Counseling Center, beckersc@msu.edu
  • Elizabeth H. Simmons, Lyman Briggs College/Academic Advancement Network/Physics & Astronomy, esimmons@msu.edu
  • Lance Sharp, Residence Education and Housing Services, lasharp@rhs.msu.edu
  • Gail Anderson, Counseling Center, ande1951@msu.edu
  • Kelle Sajdak, Counseling Center, kelles@cc.msu.edu
  • Justin St. Charles, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, stchar10@msu.edu
  • Logan O'Neil, The Graduate School, oneillog@msu.edu
  • Heather Bentley, Lyman Briggs College/Human Resources, heather@msu.edu
  • Sarah Jones, Integrative Biology, joness94@msu.edu
  • Bristol Day, Office for International Students & Scholars, daybrist@msu.edu
  • Danielle Matlick, University Advancement, matlickd@msu.edu
  • Matea Čaluk, Residence Education and Housing Services Outreach, caluk@rhs.msu.edu
  • Traci King, Residence Education and Housing Services, kingtra3@rhs.msu.edu
  • Chuck Elzinga, Biological Sciences Program, elzingac@msu.edu
  • Andrea Bierema, Lyman Briggs College, abierema@msu.edu
  • Sarah De Young, Counseling Center, deyoun80@msu.edu
  • Adam Anderson, University Advancement, ande1480@msu.edu
  • Cara Ballinger, Lyman Briggs College, loweca@msu.edu
  • Jen Grzegorek, Counseling Center, jeng@cc.msu.edu
  • Erika Trigg Crews, School of Criminal Justice, ecrews@msu.edu
  • Lori Holuta, Student Affairs and Services, holuta@msu.edu
  • Rachel Warner, International Studies and Programs, rawarner@msu.edu
  • Kathy Fore, University Advancement, fore@msu.edu
  • Melanie Cooper, Chemistry, mmc@msu.edu
  • Robyn Bluhm, Lyman Briggs College/Philosophy, rbluhm@msu.edu
  • Samantha Adler, University Advancement, adlersa2@msu.edu
  • Amanda Beardall, Residence Education and Housing Services, beardall@msu.edu
  • Cindy Hales, University Advancement, halescin@msu.edu
  • Allison Tilma, Student Affairs & Services, tilmaall@msu.edu
  • Meaghan Kozar, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions/APA Studies Program, kozarmea@msu.edu
  • Claire Vallotton, Human Development and Family Studies, vallotto@msu.edu
  • Katusha Galitzine, College of Ag and Natural Resources, galitzin@anr.msu.edu
  • Natalie Kaye Arazi, University Advancement, narazi@msu.edu
  • Kylie Horrocks, Lyman Briggs College, kylie@msu.edu
  • Christopher Seeley, Residence Education and Housing Services/Alumnus/MSU Counseling Center, seeleych@msu.edu
  • Richard Bellon, Lyman Briggs College/History, bellonr@msu.edu
  • Ed Tillett, Career Services Network, tillett@msu.edu
  • Robert W Bell, Lyman Briggs College/Mathematics, bellro@msu.edu
  • Mary Beth Graebert, School of Planning, Design, and Construction, lakemary@msu.edu
  • Tammy Coles, Department of Student Life, mitche25@msu.edu
  • Erica Schmittdiel, MSU Safe Place, schmit56@msu.edu
  • Natalie Liogas, Student Health Advisory Council, liogasna@msu.edu
  • R. Sekhar Chivukula, Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education, sekhar@msu.edu
  • Logan D. A. Williams, Lyman Briggs College/Sociology, will2734@msu.edu
  • Nicole C. Springer, Center for Service-Learning and Civic Engagement, spring57@msu.edu
  • Liz Matthews, Office for International Students and Scholars, elizm@msu.edu
  • Kristin Watkins, Residence Education and Housing Services, kwatkins@rhs.msu.edu
  • Ashely Chaney, Residence Education and Housing Services, chaneya1@rhs.msu.edu
  • Liz Mittman, German Studies/Linguistics & Languages, mittman@msu.edu
  • Jeff Grabill, Associate Provost for Teaching, Learning, & Technology, grabill@msu.edu
  • Matthew Gianiodis, Athletics/Head Swim & Dive Coach, gianiodi@ath.msu.edu
  • Amanda Taylor, Sexual Assault Program, amandat@cc.msu.edu
  • Joy Shantz, Office for International Students and Scholars, joyks@msu.edu
  • Morgan Bauman, Residence Education and Housing Services, baumanmo@rhs.msu.edu
  • Sara Bijani, Center for Gender in a Global Context, bijanisa@msu.edu
  • Annie Crain, Multicultural Business Programs, crainann@msu.edu
  • Anita Skeen, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, skeen@msu.edu
  • Harriet McTigue, Sexual Assault Program, mctigueh@cc.msu.edu
  • Karen Ann Corley, Residence Education & Housing Services, corleyk@rhs.msu.edu
  • Holly Brophy-Herb, Human Development & Family Studies, hbrophy@msu.edu
  • Bonnie Wheeler, Counseling Center, bonniew@cc.msu.edu
  • Amanda Morgan, School of Social Work, morga172@msu.edu 
  • Wendy Brown, Spartan Athletics, brownwe@msu.edu
  • Amanda Dubey-Zerka, School of Social Work, dubeyama@msu.edu
  • Scott Fitzpatrick, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, fitzpa33@msu.edu
  • Jeane M Kring, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, stebleto@msu.edu
  • Emily Sorroche, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, sorroche@msu.edu
  • Juan Flores, Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, floresj2@msu.edu
  • Robin Rennie, Dow STEM Scholars Program, rennier@msu.edu
  • Kang Li, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (East), likang1@msu.edu
  • Angela Michael, Recreational Sports and Fitness Services, alm@msu.edu
  • Elizabeth Guerrero Lyons, College of Human Medicine, elizabeth.lyons@hc.msu.edu
  • Francisco Velazquez, College of Human Medicine, francisco,velazquez@hc.msu.edu
  • Aaron Tucker, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, tucker68@msu.edu
  • Amanda Scharnweber, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, arrell@msu.edu
  • Michele Brock, School of Social Work, brockm@msu.edu
  • Christopher Gallick, University Advancement, gallickc@uadv.msu.edu
  • Cristian Lambaren Sanchez, Student Affairs and Services, vpsas.lambaren@vps.msu.edu
  • Mitch Rice, Counseling Center, ricemitc@msu.edu
  • Mary Hennessey, Volunteer English Tutoring Program, vetp@msu.edu
  • Kristi Porrell, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, porrellk@msu.edu
  • Leslie A. Johnson, College of Law/Office of International and Graduate Programs, leslie.johnson@law.msu.edu
  • Carol Arnold, English Language Center, carnold@msu.edu
  • Nancy Rademacheri, Office of International Students & Scholars, rademac2@msu.edu
  • Nora Thompson, Human Development and Family Studies, nthompso@msu.edu
  • Laura King, Residential and Hospitality Services, whitlo11@msu.edu
  • Sherri Henry, Eli Broad College of Businesss, henrys@msu.edu
  • Stephanie McCann, School of Social Work, mccanns1@msu.edu
  • Joanne E. Marciano, College of Education, marcian2@msu.edu
  • Tami Kuhn, MSU Union, tkuhn@msu.edu
  • Trish Caldwell, Career Services, caldwe63@msu.edu
  • Sarah Evans-Cain, Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative, evansca7@msu.edu
  • Monica Marcelis Fochtman, College of Nursing, fochtm10@msu.edu
  • Michelle Snitgen, Career Services, msnitgen@msu.edu
  • Jacob Nathaniel Jones, Residence Education & Housing Services, jones316@rhs.msu.edu
  • Dimity Palazzola, College of Veterinary Medicine, palazz39@msu.edu
  • Shannon McGaughey, Residence Education & Housing Services, mcgaugh2@rhs.msu.edu
  • Lauren Gaines McKenzie, Communication Arts and Sciences, gainesla@msu.edu
  • Lisa Parker, Lyman Briggs College, lparker@msu.edu
  • Kristy Dumont, College of Education, kdumont@msu.edu
  • Michael Zaborowski, College of Education, zaborow3@msu.edu
  • Jessica Douglas, East Neighborhood Culinary Services, dougl129@msu.edu
  • Nicole Martin, Employee Assistance and Health4U Program, elenba19@msu.edu
  • Katharine Douglass-Harris, International Studies & Programs, gabele@msu.edu
  • Erica Tobe, Human Development and Family Studies/MSU Extension, tobee@msu.edu
  • Niki Rudolph, Residential College in the Arts and Humanities, niki@msu.edu
  • Nicki Walker, Residence Education and Housing Services, walker09@msu.edu
  • Jill Selke, School of Planning, Design, and Construction, selkejil@msu.edu
  • Brandy Ellison, College of Social Science, belliso1@msu.edu
  • Nicola M Imbracsio, College of Arts & Letters, imbracsi@msu.edu
  • Sarah Ann Long, College of Music, longsar5@msu.edu
  • Amanda Ross, REHS Outreach, rossama1@rhs.msu.edu
  • Jennifer New, Communication Arts and Sciences, jnew@msu.edu
  • Karen Newman, School of Social Work, karen.newman@ssc.msu.edu
  • Janae Currington, College of Natural Science, curringt@msu.edu
  • Michelle Word, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, wordmich@msu.edu
  • Sara Bijani, Center for Gender in Global Context, bijanisa@msu.edu
  • Stephanie Kribs, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, kribsste@msu.edu
  • Jennifer Arbogast, Social Science Scholars Program, jennarbo@msu.edu
  • Whitney Stoepel-Brewer, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, stoepelw@msu.edu
  • Rebecca Richards, Residence Education and Housing Services, richarre@msu.edu
  • Petra Hendrickson, Political Science, hendr136@msu.edu
  • Kim Battjes, School of Social Work, kbattjes@msu.edu
  • Valerie Lenz, Residence Education and Housing Services, romeoval@msu.edu
  • Amy Refior, Internal Audit, refiora@msu.edu
  • Leslie Johnson, College of Law, leslie.johnson@law.msu.edu
  • Kate Birdsall, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, birdsal5@msu.edu
  • Hillery Glasby, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, glasbyhi@msu.edu
  • Vilma Yuzbasiyan-Gurkan, College of Veterinary Medicine, vygsu@msu.edu
  • Danielle Murphy, Department of Psychiatry, dimmittd@msu.edu
  • Lauren E. Spencer, Office of Institutional Equity, lauren26@pres.msu.edu
  • Ralph Kron, Counseling Center (Retiree), kron.brundage@gmail.com
  • Julie Sodeman, College of Education, jsodeman@msu.edu
  • Catalina Bartlett, Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures, bartl142@msu.edu
  • Karen Newman, School of Social Work, karen.newman@ssc.msu.edu
  • Kate Sonka, College of Arts and Letters, ksonka@msu.edu
  • Linda Mansfield, College of Veterinary Medicine, mansfie4@cvm.msu.edu
  • Amy Tratt, College of Education, tratt@msu.edu
  • Andrea Martineau, FAME Program/School of Social Work, mart1525@msu.edu
  • Ian Jacobs, FAME Program/School of Social Work, jacobsia@msu.edu
  • Barb Kolp, Residential and Hospitality Services, kolp@msu.edu
  • Denise Benington, Lyman Briggs College, beningde@msu.edu
  • Jennifer New, College of Communication Arts and Sciences, jnew@msu.edu
  • Hannah Brodhead, College of Engineering, brodhead@egr.msu.edu
  • Candyce Hill, College of Engineering, hillcand@egr.msu.edu
  • Kellie Klinck, College of Engineering, klinckke@egr.msu.edu
  • Sean Fochtman, College of Engineering, fochtma3@msu.edu
  • Lindsay Naylor, College of Engineering, naylorli@egr.msu.edu
  • Sharon Potter, Residence Education and Housing Services, potters8@msu.edu
  • Jeremy Dewar, Eli Broad College of Business, dewarjer@msu.edu
  • Angelica Kim, College of Education, akim@msu.edu
  • Jenelle Wildbur, Residence Education and Housing Services, finkbe17@rhs.msu.edu
  • Chelsea Heterington, MSU Extension, hether13@msu.edu
  • Michael Haslett, Kinesiology, haslett3@msu.edu
  • Sally Burns, Information Technology, burnssal@msu.edu
  • Amy DeRogatis, Religious Studies, derogat1@msu.edu
  • Jennie Yelvington, Human Resources, jennie@hr.msu.edu
  • Christy Turner, Human Resources, turner.c@hr.msu.edu
  • Pam Carpenter, Office of Planning and Budgets, pambach@msu.edu
  • Amanda Idema, College of Engineering, agidema@msu.edu
  • Ralph Pyle, College of Social Science, pyler@msu.edu
  • Jason Bradley Pennington, College of Engineering, pennin86@egr.msu.edu
  • Joyce Samuel, College of Engineering, samueljo@egr.msu.edu

**If you are faculty or staff member at MSU and would like to sign this letter, please click on this link and add your name and department/affiliation: https://goo.gl/forms/nwGtGifHCYKw2QDo2

**See the correspondence from the Provost here and from the Director of the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives here.

Alex Lange