Launched in 2016, the Diversity Research Network (DRN) connects faculty of color and diversity scholars to create scholarly communities and promote new interdisciplinary collaborations. The DRN is a support resource intended to enhance research productivity; grant and publication output; and collaborative research and mentorship opportunities. DRN creates a community where members enjoy promotion of their excellence, increased inclusion through cross-campus mentorships, increased visibility of their research and other opportunities for engagement.
The DRN Accountability Partnership Program provides opportunities to engage in a supportive partnership that helps researchers and scholars reach their goals, while the DRN Launch Awards have provided funding to faculty of color and diversity scholars 27 times since 2017, aiding scholars in launching new research through pilot study, creative projects of scholarly merit or the enhancement of a measure or technique.
MSU will build on initiatives like the Diversity Research Network, supporting the success and visibility of diverse scholars to help us to reach our goal of becoming a national leader in increasing diversity, promoting inclusion, ensuring equity and eliminating disparities.