Michigan State University (MSU) is an R1 designated research university located in East Lansing, Michigan. Founded in 1855 as the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan, MSU is the first land-grant college in the U.S. Today, with 49,695 students enrolled in 200+ academic programs, MSU applies its knowledge and resources to create solutions in partnership with communities across the state.

“MSU is deeply committed to Michigan’s urban communities, including Detroit, Flint, and our home region around Lansing and East Lansing. We look forward to joining other CUMU institutions in sharing, learning, and growing to further university-community partnerships that produce meaningful social impact.”

University outreach and engagement

MSU’s Office of University Outreach and Engagement facilitates university-wide efforts to create an ecosystem of engagement by supporting the engaged activities of faculty, staff, and students; fostering public access to university expertise and resources; and by advocating for exemplary engaged scholarship, nationally and internationally. The Office emphasizes university-community partnerships that are collaborative, participatory, empowering, systemic, transformative, and anchored in scholarship.

This scholarship focus is applied to a broad range of community-defined needs, with special focus on:

Partnering with communities for healthier futures

MSU’s location provides opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to work alongside community partners in neighboring cities. MSU has been partnering with Flint for more than 100 years, helping residents to solve local problems, do their jobs better, raise healthy and safe families, build their communities and empower children for successful futures. In nearby Detroit, MSU works with partners to support economic development, advance the arts, transform schools, improve health, and sustain the environment.

“Our CUMU membership will open opportunities for our faculty, staff, and students to engage in professional development, expand their networks, further efforts for equity and justice, and make the meaningful differences in partnership with communities that is a hallmark of MSU.”

Join CUMU in welcoming Michigan State University to the CUMU membership.