Voices of MSU records the current and historical experiences and achievements of minority students, faculty, and staff at Michigan State University. Many of these experiences go undocumented or are only partially recognized in university yearbooks, newspapers, and other traditional sources of campus history. This lack of documentation then leads to an absence of a shared heritage across the university community and a missed opportunity to enrich the study, research, and acknowledgement of the contributions made by learners, educators, and researchers from different cultural backgrounds. These interviews help address those gaps in the archival record, contributing key perspectives to the history of Michigan State University.

This project was created by the MSU Archives & Historical Collections, with financial support from the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives.

If you would like to share your story, please contact archives@msu.edu.

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Featured Interviews

A. J. Rice interview, 2017

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A. J. Rice interview, 2017

A. J. Rice, a PhD student studying African American and African Studies (AAAS) at Michigan State University (MSU) was interviewed by Liz Timbs on June 29, 2017. The following video accounts his undergraduate career studying International Relations at James Madison College (JMC). With his insights into students, faculty, curricula, and the administration, he describes his demands for structural changes regarding JMC and AAAS.

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Jessica Gray interview, 2018

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Jessica Gray interview, 2018

Jessica Gray, interviewed on January 31, 2018 by Mileena McDonald, is a Michigan State senior majoring in Social Work. This video showcases her experiences as an Resident Assistant, the Executive Coordinator of Alternative Spartan Breaks, and the Treasurer of the Association of Black Student Social Workers. Moreover, she describes her personal experiences in volunteering and her plans for the future.

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