Building Allies in Our Communities and in our Classrooms through Inclusive Language: Intersectional Lessons from Inclusion Efforts Focused on Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation

Quentin Tyler, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Katusha Galitzine, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11:15-1:00 (lunch available at 11:15, program begins at 11:30)
1425 Biomedical and Physical Sciences (BPS) Building


According to Ludwig Wittgenstein, the limits of our language means the limits of our world. Through one's interactions, language can be a powerful tool for inclusion, or the biggest stumbling block to being an effective ally. Language can welcome folks into conversation or make them feel like they do not belong. In this interactive session, we will discuss, reflect, and think about our language and explore ways and approaches to ensure that we create a welcoming, respectful, and inclusive environment. Participants will collectively think through effective responses to pushback/resistance to respectful language as we interact within our classrooms and in our respective communities.


Quentin R. Tyler currently serves as the Associate Dean and Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) at Michigan State University (MSU). As Associate Dean and Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (ADDEI), Dr. Tyler provides leadership for infusing diversity, equity and inclusion principles through all areas of the CANR.  Dr. Tyler very effectively focuses on creating a more multi-culturally centered environment for faculty, staff and students within CANR, AgBioResearch, and the MSU Extension; and networks with partners across MSU. His contributions and collegial spirit are highly valued by administrators, faculty, staff and students. Prior to MSU, Dr. Tyler spent over thirteen years in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion serving previously in the role of Assistant Dean and Director for Diversity at the University Of Kentucky College Of Agriculture. He received a Bachelor’s of Science in Agricultural Economics, a Master’s of Science in Agricultural Economics, and a Doctorate in Sociology, all at University of Kentucky, with an emphasis on Social Inequalities. Additionally, he has received a Professional Certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations. Dr. Tyler was notably the 2015-2016 National Professional President of MANRRS (Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) and currently serves as the National MANRRS Advisory Board Chair. Over the last decade, he has a plethora of recognitions for his work with students and in diversity and inclusion as the National MANRRS Advisor of the Year, a Tri State Diversity Champion, University of Kentucky Inclusive Excellence Awardee and as a Game Changer by Workforce Magazine in the area of workforce management. Dr. Tyler is Co-PI in Urban Wildfire and will provide expertise in the area of diversity, equity and inclusion, collaborations with our 1890 land-grant partners and facilitate relationship building in recruiting potential participants for the program.  Additionally, he will learning and development for participants in the area of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion and in the field of Forestry and WildFire.

Katusha Galitzine is the Associate Director for the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.  She has worked in not-for-profit advocacy, higher education and legal fields for the past 10 years, mostly on issues of freedom of expression and civil rights, with a focus on the LGBT community. She has lived and worked most of her life in Boston, Los Angeles and New York, and is new to the Midwest. Galitzine holds a BA in Writing, Literature and Publishing from Emerson College and a JD from Northeastern University. At Northeastern, she served as a teaching fellow in the Legal Skills in Social Context Program, which aims to create a legal pedagogy that prepares students to advocate in diverse environments and across demographic difference. Her interest in preparing diverse professionals for careers in which they are underrepresented brought her to the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.