Paulette Granberry Russell, JD Bio

Paulette Granberry Russell, received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Michigan State University (MSU) and her Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is a licensed attorney with the State of Michigan. She joined MSU in 1998 as its senior diversity officer, and director of the Office for Inclusion and Intercultural Initiatives and retired in August 2020, as Senior Advisor to the President for Diversity, Emerita. As MSU’s senior diversity officer, Granberry Russell was responsible for leading and facilitating MSU’s efforts to advance a more equitable and inclusive campus community that included cutting-edge education and development programs, leading campus climate surveys (quantitative and qualitative),  monitoring university efforts to increase diversity among students, faculty and staff, coordinating community outreach efforts, and incentivizing innovative DEI strategies through the office’s Creating Inclusive Excellence Grants. Her research interests include gender equity in STEM, campus culture and its impact on marginalized communities, and strategies for dismantling structural racism to create more equitable experiences for faculty, students and staff of color. In March 2020, Granberry Russell was elected President of the National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education. She is a sought-after presenter on DEI issues in higher education and beyond, including presentations and advising institutions and NGOs on gender equity, affirmative action, implicit bias and discrimination, strategic diversity initiatives, and inclusive leadership in the various countries in Africa and the United Kingdom.