MSU is supporting several efforts to create greater communication, research, and funding opportunities for MSU faculty and staff through multidisciplinary collaboration.
Infancy to Innovation Networks
Infancy to Innovation (i2i) is a systems change framework employed across community sectors and coalitions to improve developmental outcomes for all children. The framework combines community resources to promote positive transitions for all children through three critical stages of development: 1) early childhood, 2) middle childhood/early adolescence, and 3) late adolescence/early adulthood. Because we know that success in each of these critical transitions requires that children have access to multiple supports and opportunities, our ultimate goal is to affect change at all levels of the community systems that support development – that is, family, neighborhood, organizations, and community. Michigan State University is working with communities across Michigan to develop and utilize the i2i framework for local change. Interested MSU faculty are encouraged to get involved. To learn more about this initiative, visit the Infancy to Innovation website.
The Pre-College Committee at MSU is comprised of program directors, coordinators, and senior administrators who work to coordinate the activities of pre-college programs at MSU. The committee provides guidance on policies and procedures and offers a framework for pre-college personnel at MSU and other organizations to collaborate. The committee holds regular meetings. To learn more about the Committee, visit the Spartan Youth Programs website.
Transforming Transportation Research Corridor Consortium
In light of the recent crisis in Michigan's automotive industry, Michigan's research universities have unique opportunities, expertise and responsibilities to explore questions related to the transformation of Michigan's economy and to provide the state and the region with research-based insights to address and understand the profound economic and social challenges of our times. MSU faculty from varying disciplines and community partners are invited to participate in exploring how the transformation in Michigan's transportation industry impacts all facets of the economy and culture and strategies for assisting the state and the nation to prepare for the changes to come. To learn more, visit the Transforming Transportation Research Corridor Consortium website.