Founded by Dr. Ernest S. Betts in 1988, the purpose of Multicultural Business Programs (MBP) has been and continues to be to improve the recruitment, retention, and graduation rate of multicultural students by providing opportunities for them to develop full academic and career potentials. Our programs promote a success philosophy by fostering a positive awareness of personality, gender, physical, and cultural differences.
MBP provides continuing support to graduation, with individualized academic counseling support, free tutorial services, career development, and placement. Our programs are primarily funded by corporate gifts and the University general fund. We currently serve more than 650 multicultural students enrolled in business or pre-business majors.
The Native American Business Institute is a shared vision conceptualized by Dr. Ernest Betts and Allard Teeple through the recognition of the low Native American college enrollment and talent in the Eli Broad College of Business. NABI began its journey through the visitation and open dialogue discussions with local Michigan Native American Tribal Communities and leaders. Through these open discussions NABI was defined as the program that could address the low attendance of Native American Business students at MSU, and each community’s needs of creating opportunities and services for Tribal members who have an aspiration towards the attainment of an advanced business degree from a four year institution. The NABI strategy is the establishment of an annual Native American Business Institute (NABI) through the use of a Native American Community Outreach Program (NACOP), both integral components for the recruitment of Native American youth to MSU and the important relationship management of local Michigan Native American communities.