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Campus Groups Helping with Gender Inequity

We know that many fellow Spartans and MSU supporters want to help make MSU a better place for survivors and end sexual assault on campus. We would like to share with you information about groups on campus that are doing their part to prevent sexual assault, promote gender equity, or provide support to survivors. Together we can make MSU safer for all Spartans.

MSU Sexual Assault Program

The MSU Sexual Assault Program (MSU SAP) responds to those impacted by sexual violence and works to create a community free of violence and oppression. They work with sexual assault survivors and all others who are impacted by sexual violence, and provide counseling and support groups to MSU students. MSU SAP offers a 24-hour hotline and advocacy services to anyone in the greater Lansing community.

Office for Civil Rights and Title IX

The Office for Civil Rights and Title IX Education and Compliance is responsible for leadership of MSU’s civil rights compliance and efforts to cultivate a campus community that is free of discrimination and harassment. This includes oversight for the Office of Institutional Equity, and the Prevention, Outreach and Education Office. The Office for Civil Rights also coordinates with MSU entities that provide crisis and advocacy services to survivors of sexual assault and relationship violence. The office is also home to the university’s ADA coordinator.

In fall 2018, the OCR is launching the Know More Campaign to raise awareness about issues surrounding relationship violence, stalking and sexual misconduct (RVSM). The resource poster for the Know More campaign can be seen (and downloaded) below:


Title IX Prevention, Outreach and Education Office

The Title IX Prevention, Outreach and Education Office provides outreach and education to students, graduate students, faculty and staff. Programs under this department include the Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence Prevention Program (including specialized workshops for international  and LBGTQ students), Bystander Network, and Greeks Take the Lead. This office promotes safety and improves quality of life by educating members of the MSU campus community on sexual assault and relationship violence, eliminating violence on campus, empowering staff, faculty and students to become advocates for a non-violent community and positively affecting social change.

MSU LBGT Resource Center

The LBGT Resource Center is dedicated to leading and collaborating on university-wide initiatives that prepare students to thrive in our diverse world, and enhancing the campus climate and support services for students marginalized by their sexuality or gender.

MSU Safe Place

MSU Safe Place is a program that addresses relationship violence and stalking. They provide advocacy, emergency shelter, counseling, support groups, safety planning, information and referrals to survivors of violence and their minor children. All support services are free and confidential. Additionally, Safe Place works to increase awareness about relationship violence and stalking through community education and outreach efforts.

Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence

The Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence provides a collaborative, multi-disciplinary vehicle for MSU faculty and students to engage in social action research that influences local, state, national and international practice and policy related to gender-based violence.

MSU GenCen

GenCen concentrates on gender and women's studies through interdisciplinary, comparative, transnational, and transcultural approaches. It connects faculty and students in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, residential colleges, agriculture and natural resources, and professional fields and has support from all associated academic deans. Those affiliated with GenCen will consider how global flows of ideas, people, trade, and new communication networks are transforming women and men's lives and gender relations, and they will examine how gendered power structures affect processes of globalization. The intersections of gender identities with racial, ethnic, sexual, socioeconomic, and other differences will be highlighted in the context of global change.

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