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Diversity at SVSU

Diversity at SVSU involves exploring differences such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment and to move beyond simple tolerance to embracing and celebrating the rich dimensions found within each other's differences. The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance of and respect for our differences and appreciating that it is those differences that make each of us unique.

"Diversity, Equity & Inclusion at SVSU Annual Report and Celebration"


The Heartbeat: A conversation about history, culture, legacy, and vision!

Group of individuals from The Heartbeat performance

The Heartbeat: A conversation about history, culture, legacy, and vision!

Wednesday, July 24, 2024
6:00 p.m. social
6:30 p.m. program
Curtiss Hall
Saginaw Valley State University

Join us for an evening filled with insightful discussions, engaging conversations, good food, live music, laughter, and love! Or come early at 6:00 p.m. to enjoy the live entertainment, mingle, and "break bread." We will be serving a taste of soul and delicious sweets. This event will create space to journey through Saginaw's rich history, celebrate the culture, and reimagine the vision of what's to come. Join us as we delve into the heartbeat of Saginaw, Michigan. Learn more.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to connect with family, friends, and possibly make new connections. You will be a part of something special.


Karen S. Carter delivers 2023 Commencement speech for Fall graduation

Karen S Carter


Karen S. Carter, president of Dow’s Packaging & Specialty Plastics (P&SP) business operating segment, has been selected to address Saginaw Valley State University’s graduating class during two commencement ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 16.

Carter, who has spent her entire career at Dow, was named president of P&SP in November 2022. With annual sales exceeding $29 billion, the business unit is widely recognized as the world’s largest materials supplier of polyethylene resins and functional polymers used in a wide variety of applications.

Since joining Dow in 1993, Carter has served in a progression of roles. Prior to being named president of P&SP, Carter served four years as Dow’s chief human resources officer and chief inclusion officer, successfully institutionalizing inclusion and diversity as key drivers for long-term growth.

Carter has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Howard University and a master’s degree in international business from DePaul University. Carter has been widely recognized for her innovative leadership. In 2014, Carter was named to the prestigious Forty Women to Watch Over 40 list for her innovative leadership contributions. In 2018, she was named to Black Enterprise’s Top Executives in Diversity list. In 2019, Carter was named to Black Enterprise’s Most Powerful Women in Corporate America list.  In 2020, 2021 and 2022, Carter was recognized as one of the 100 Ethnic Minority Executives on the EMpower Ethnic Minority Role Model Lists supported by Yahoo Finance and by YouTube in 2023. Most recently, she was inducted into the Kansas African American Museum Trailblazer Hall of Fame.

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Mamie T. Thorns receives 2022 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Award

Thorns National Diversity Award

Mamie T. Thorns, SVSU associate vice president and chief diversity officer for diversity, equity and inclusion, was awarded the prestigious 2022 National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education Dr. Frank Hale, Jr. Award. Mamie was honored at the association's annual conference in San Diego on Friday, March 18, 2022.

Mamie has been instrumental in leading SVSU through an institutional transformation of inclusive excellence advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion across our campus. 

The award is presented to an individual who is distinguished in higher education, through a robust record of consistent service, for inclusive excellence; exercising innovative and courageous leadership; serving as a visionary in the field; and exemplifying the philosophy, principles, and practices of the Association; and contributing to diversity and inclusive excellence in higher education.

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Dance festival

Latin Heritage

MLK Walk in winter with students

MLK Walk

Holi dancer female

Dance Festival

coop and group

Diversity Programs

Dance group at holi

Dance Festival


Festival of Colors

international food fest

Taste of Soul

glb awards

Youth Leadership Awards

Cultural program presentation

Cultural Competency Dialogue