The Master of Public Policy and Administration program at Mississippi State University recognizes that planning for diversity, inclusion and access is an integral component of the program’s future.
Diversity planning and implementation in the MPPA program are guided by the program mission, the MSU Vision Statement, and our program diversity statement and its initiatives.
Master of Public Policy and Administration Program Mission Statement
The Master of Public Policy and Administration program strives to professionalize and diversify state and local government in Mississippi and the region. The program prepares persons to serve effectively as public administrators at the national, state, and local levels of government.
Mississippi State University Vision Statement
Mississippi State University will be a leading public research university that is globally awarded and involved, accessible and responsive to many constituencies, and fully integrated with the intellectual, social, and economic development of the state, while delivering excellent programs of teaching, research, and service.
Master of Public Policy and Administration Program Diversity Statement
The Master of Public Policy and Administration program at Mississippi State University recognizes and respects the differences that define each of us as individuals, including gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, gender identification, and beliefs. We recognize that a diverse mix of faculty, students, and staff promotes respect for the differences that enrich society. The MPPA program is committed to promoting and supporting diversity by providing and encouraging a multiplicity of views and perspectives in our teaching, research, engagement, and all other activities. We will actively recruit members of under-represented groups to apply for admissions into the MPPA program and the ranks of our faculty, and will establish inclusive learning environments for all participants.
- Faculty Recruitment - Identify underrepresented candidate(s) for open faculty position(s) and once hired, help to provide mentoring and support.
- Student Recruitment – Recruit more underrepresented students to the Master of Public Policy and Administration graduate program.
- Internal Climate – Provide students with both cultural awareness and sensitivity to diversity issues in order increase their effectiveness in today’s workforce.