Event Details

MSU is honored to host the 2022 MI ACE Women of Color Collaborative Virtual Luncheon Friday, November 4, 2022, from 11:30 A.M.-1:30 P.M.

The balance between work and life continues to be challenged as we navigate an ever-evolving workforce.  Working in an environment beyond the pandemic, today’s leaders must make intentional investments in their daily lives with scalable strategies that promote resilience, authenticity, and wellness.

One way to do this is to extract the old narratives, and interject negativity with knowledge, tools, and methods that unleash a new normal of who we are today– through emotional intelligence, authenticity, and agility.

Join us for an interactive session that provides opportunities to learn, connect and grow.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Rema Vassar, PhDDr. Rema Vassar

Rema Vassar, Ph.D., affectionately known as Dr. Rema, was elected to Michigan State University’s Board of Trustees for an eight-year term that began January 1, 2021. Dr. Vassar earned her doctorate from UCLA in Urban Schooling and currently serves as a Professor in the Department of Administrative and Organizational Studies at Wayne State University’s College of Education. The author of many scholarly journal articles, her research interests include parent-school partnerships; race, gender, and class implications in schools; implications of policy and practice on student achievement and outcomes; and equity, justice, access, and inclusion for minoritized communities. In addition to her work in higher education, Dr. Vassar has extensive experience in K-12 public education, having served over 20 years as a teacher, counselor, and principal. This year, Governor Gretchen Whitmer appointed Dr. Vassar to the MiSTEM Advisory Council for a 3-year term. She maintains a steadfast commitment to community service through her partnerships with school districts across the state to develop students’ and educators’ transformative leadership skills. Dr. Rema is particularly committed to leadership development in Detroit where she resides with her husband and children.


Danielle Flores Lopez, Interim Assistant Dean of Diversity Equity and Inclusion and Director of Academic Advising and Student Success Initiatives, College of Natural Science, MSU

Marita Gilbert, Associate Dean of Diversity & Campus Inclusion, College of Osteopathic Medicine, MSU

Melissa Woo, Executive Vice President for Administration, MSU

Event Recording

Please view the recording from the event here.