Published: May 24, 2018

Campus Starbucks locations to close early May 29 for racial-bias education

Contact(s): Leah Ball Culinary Services office: 517-884-6403

Starbucks locations on Michigan State University’s campus will close at 3 p.m. on May 29 to allow team members to participate in company-wide racial-bias education. 

This includes Starbucks stores at 1855 Place, Wells Hall, Eli Broad College of Business and the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum location.

Training is being provided to nearly 175,000 partners across the country in response to a recent incident at a company-operated store in Philadelphia. 

The Starbucks corporate office will provide training materials to licensee partners designed to address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome. Partners are given the option to use existing diversity and inclusion training materials provided by their organization.

The MSU Division of Residential and Hospitality Services regularly offers diversity and inclusion workshops, including sessions focused on implicit bias and microaggressions, building an inclusive workplace and addressing identity-based encounters. Training provided on May 29 will further enhance the knowledge and skills of Culinary Services team members, reaffirming what they’ve learned in past workshops.

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