Programs

Multicultural Academic Student Services Mission Statement

Central Michigan University's Multicultural Academic Student Services is a comprehensive office which provides academic, personal, social and cultural support to students. To empower and retain students, the MASS team provides and enhances a campus environment where diversity is understood and celebrated.

 

Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd Cofer Scholars Residential College (MACRC)

Opening its doors for the first time in fall 2006, the Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd Cofer Scholars Residential College (MACRC) located in Troutman Hall houses the scholarship recipients who share the common goal of academic achievement, service and diversity. The dynamic new living and learning community aims to increase student success and retention through academic and social support services. Emphasis is placed on promoting academic achievement, increasing support through peer relationship, and encouraging individual growth at Central Michigan University.

The workshops, social activities, and programs hosted by the MACRC provide students with valuable experiences that contribute to individual success through:

  • Academic planning
  • Career planning
  • Graduate school preparation
  • Campus involvement
  • Peer mentoring/advising
  • Peer tutoring
  • Civic engagement
  • Leadership development
  • Diversity and cultural understanding

In addition to the advantage of reduced occupancy that residents enjoy, some of the other unique opportunities offered include:

  • Assistance from peer advisors
  • Access to personal tutors
  • Study hall sessions
  • Four-year academic planning session
  • Cultural field trip
  • Group community service project

Located centrally as part of the Towers complex, residents have the easy access to the fitness center, convenience store, residential restaurant, video & gaming rental shop, math and writing center, academic advisors and computer lab. The MACRC accomplishes its goal by creating a close-knit community of scholars who are socially active and concerned with promoting diversity and understanding in our larger campus community.

 

Men About Change Mentoring Program

Men About Change is a male mentoring program that was initiated by Multicultural Academic Student Services in the fall of 2007. Men About Change serves as a brother-peer program to the Women's Initiative of Strength and Hope mentoring program.  This program provides young men at Central Michigan University with the opportunity to enhance their leadership skills as well as obtain professional and academic guidance in order to help them obtain their undergraduate degrees while preparing them to assist other young men to do the same. The program serves to "build men to build men," fostering reciprocity to younger generations. Mentees are matched with graduate students, university faculty and staff male mentors to facilitate the changes the program seeks to create.

These young men will be provided this guidance with the expectation that they will provide the same guidance to an incoming freshman male as well as serving as a resource to their fellow students. By engaging male faculty, staff, and students as mentors, this program will function as a mechanism for increasing the retention of students at Central Michigan University.

The goals and objectives of Men About Change are to:
 

  • Increase retention of young men at CMU and ensure that they obtain their undergraduate degree
  • Increase civic engagement as well as the effectiveness of male leadership at CMU
  • Cultivate compassionate, progressive, and proactive mentality among young men at CMU
  • Prepare young men to be resources to their community

    Participants

    This program is open to all. There is no cost to be a part of this initiative. We only require a little of your time and ask that you invest in your own future as well as your peer's. Participants of Men About Change will be granted a variety of free opportunities to develop academically, professionally, socially, and culturally. More specifically, involvement in this program will provide participants with the following:

  • Monthly workshops covering a variety of academic & professional development opportunities
  • One-on-one and small group mentoring
  • Informational gatherings each month to aid social development
  • Free access to conferences
  • Provide you with useful information regarding campus and community resources
Resources that will enhance your cultural understanding of the world

How to get involved

If you wish to get involved with this initiative as a undergraduate or graduate student, faculty or staff member, stop by or contact Multicultural Academic Student Services for application at:
Multicultural Academic Student Services
Bovee University Center 108
989-774-3945 or mass@cmich.edu

 

​Women's Initiative of Strength & Hope (WISH) Mentoring Program

Multicultural Academic Student Services’ Women’s Initiative of Strength and Hope (WISH) is a newly created mentoring program for women (both undergraduate and graduate), which serves as a sister peer program to the Men About Change mentoring program.

The purpose of WISH is to provide a support network for all women at Central Michigan University.  With the assistance of a peer mentor, both graduate and undergraduate women will develop a relationship with professional women leaders on campus and in the community, gain well-rounded and knowledgeable advice from conference speakers and other programming opportunities, and achieve personal and academic excellence through mentorship, campus involvement, and community service.

Created in the summer and fall of 2010, WISH aims to support women as they enhance their leadership skills through professional, academic and social guidance, and development.  WISH offers a select number of Central Michigan University students the opportunity to connect with alumna and community members as well as faculty and staff mentors to assist in their navigation, transition and development from students to leader to professional. 

The Cornerstones of WISH

Through the cornerstones of mentoring and programming, participants of WISH will be granted a variety of opportunities and experiences to develop academically, professionally, socially, and culturally. More specifically, involvement in WISH will provide participants with the following:

 

  • Monthly gatherings to discuss academic & professional development opportunities and other hot topics
  • Professional and peer mentoring
  • Access to conferences focusing on women’s empowerment, growth and development
  • Unlimited information and assistance regarding campus and community resources
  • Networking opportunities with a diverse population of women leaders
  • Resources that will enhance your cultural understanding of others
  • Social opportunities with the Men About Change mentoring program

The Goals of the WISH Program

  1. The WISH program will assist with retaining collegiate CMU women at the University.

  2. The WISH mentoring program will enable students to gain co-curricular experience of leadership and character development through the program’s focal points of Service/Volunteerism, Social/Recreational, Professional Development and Healthy Living and Lifestyle.  These experiences will come from volunteerism and community services, conference attendance, meetings and workshops and professional development opportunities.

  3. Participants have the opportunity to develop mentors with the CMU and Mt. Pleasant communities through various service projects and events.  They will also participate in cultural programs which foster positive, nurturing interactions and memorable experiences.

  4. Provide friendly collegiate bonds and experiences that support women’s transitions through CMU and life.

  5. Serve as a sister-peer mentoring program to Men About Change.

How to get involved

If you wish to get involved with the Women's Initiative of Strength and Hope as a undergraduate or graduate student, faculty, staff or community member, stop by or contact Multicultural Academic Student Services for application at:
Multicultural Academic Student Services
Bovee University Center 108
989-774-3945 or contact Multicultural Academic Student Services by email at mass@cmich.edu

WISH Mentoring Program Brochure
Protégé Participant Form
Mentor Form Application


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