Creating Conversations for Change Sr. Advisor to the President for Diversity, and Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, Michigan State University As the Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity at Michigan State University, Paulette Granberry Russell’s responsibilities include facilitating and monitoring effective strategies to advance a diverse and inclusive university. As Director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives, she leads efforts in the Office’s four functional areas: institutional equity, education and development, community outreach and research and assessment. Russell is also involved in MSU’s Project 60-50, a yearlong facilitated conversation on human issues such as human trafficking, racial equality and marriage equality. Project 60-50 is designed to engage the community in these issues in a way that’s respectful, and not polarizing. Even high school students have been involved in issues that relate to them, and Project 60-50 gave them a place to talk about it. Russell enjoys spending time with her son, Ronnie, and daughter, Kathleen. Her interest in people and learning new things drive her to travel and experience the culture of places she visits. She’s traveled to Africa, Europe and South America.
Kyle Dowling is an employee of M3 Group and is pursuing a writing degree at LCC. He enjoys fiction writing, video games and movies.