Student Life & Engagement

Student Life & Engagement touches nearly every aspect of the Michigan State University campus by providing support and services to MSU students, the campus community and guests. Comprised of the office of the senior vice president and six departments, the division follows a core set of values that guides all business practices and decisions.

Mission Statement

Together, we provide a safe and inclusive environment while holistically enriching and advancing the life of every Spartan.



We strive to support the well-being of all team members and guests, recognizing we are responsible for the impact of our words and behaviors on our diverse communities.

Commitment to Student and Guest Experience

Through listening, engaging and effectively communicating, we provide student and guest experiences that exceed expectations and enhance and uphold a sense of inclusion and belonging.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

A sense of belonging is achieved when we celebrate diversity, ensure equity and promote inclusion. We address instances of harm and injustice through accountability and education to guarantee an environment in which healing and growth are deeply valued and supported.


With an emphasis on creating and strengthening value, we approach all internal and external partnerships with transparency and clear communication. Together, we focus on goals and outcomes, ready to learn from each other.


A culture of regulatory safety is embedded in our operational and business practices, allowing us to set boundaries when necessary to protect people. We endeavor to create an environment in which people feel safe socially, physically, psychologically and spiritually and repair harm when harm occurs.

Staff Development

Innovation, flexibility and access to learning and development provide team members at all levels opportunities for career growth. We strive to ensure all team members feel valued and proud to work in our division and serve as leaders.


Auxiliary Sports Group

Auxiliary Sports (ASG) creates lasting memories for Michigan State University guests who visit campus to learn, shop and play. ASG is committed to providing the ultimate in guest services and satisfaction while creating loyal customers for the Division of Student Life & Engagement. This group consists of the Breslin Student Events Center, Spartan Spirit Shops, Forest Akers Golf Courses, the MSU Indoor Tennis Center, and Recreational Sports & Fitness Services.

Culinary Services

As one of the largest self-operated university food service systems in the nation, Culinary Services strives to nourish, inspire and enrich the Michigan State University (MSU) community through culinary excellence in campus dining halls, Sparty’s convenience shops, numerous retail locations, MSU Concessions, MSU Bakers and more. MSU Culinary Services also oversees the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center and Kellogg Catering, MSU's full-service catering operation.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging

The Department of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging is comprised of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Gender and Sexuality Campus Center, the Graduate School Office of Well-Being, MOSAIC: The Multicultural Unity Center, the Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions, Student Parent Resource Center, Student Veterans Resource Center, and the Women*s Student Services. 

Student Development and Leadership

What was previously known as the Department of Student Involvement and Leadership is now the Department of Student Development and Leadership (SDL). This new department consists of the following: Career Services Network, Center for Community-Engaged Learning, Community & Student Relations, Impact 89FM radio, the MSU Union and Alumni Memorial Chapel, Office of Spartan Experiences, Registered Student Organizations, Associated Students of Michigan State University, Council of Graduate Students, and the Office of Student Support and Accountability.

Residence Education and Housing Services

Residence Education and Housing Services (REHS) focuses on a variety of areas that impact students’ overall on-campus living experience. REHS manages 27 residence halls and two apartment communities and focuses on student engagement and development, intercultural learning and inclusion, safety and security of residents, and sustainable practices.

Office of the Senior Vice President

The Office of the Senior Vice President encompasses Business and Financial Services, Digital Strategies and Services, Human Resources, Lean Enterprise and Assessment, the Planning and Projects Office, Strategic Communication, the Office of Strategic Initiatives, and University Licensing.