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Program Expectations

In addition to MCSP Course Requirements, all MCSP students are expected to participate actively and take leadership roles in the MCSP Community and Program Activities as indicated below.

Admission to MCSP is voluntary and highly selective. Every MCSP student has applied to be a part of the program and has written a compelling application essay based on their commitment and experiences that are aligned with the MCSP mission and goals. Because of the limited size of the MCSP community, many outstanding students were not invited to join the program.

We have intentionally chosen not to mandate anything beyond the course requirements. However, we do fully expect every student’s active participation. No one in the MCSP or broader community benefits from having students do community service or “make a difference in the world” simply because it is a requirement. We believe that every student in the program fully intends to contribute to building a vibrant multicultural community, making a difference in the world through high quality community service and engagement, engaging in intergroup dialogue and considering different perspectives, broadening their awareness and understanding of social identities, and thinking critically about social justice.


  • Participate each semester in at least 2 activities sponsored by the MCSP Programming Board (PBU).
  • Participate each semester in at least 2 community service activities sponsored by the Peer Advisors for Community Service (PACS) or MCSP-affiliated service groups.
  • Participate each semester in at least 2 programs/dialogues sponsored by the Intergroup Relations Council (IRC).
  • Meet at least twice with your Peer Mentor and peer mentor group.
  • Model and contribute to building a strong, engaged, diverse community among your peers in the program.
  • Provide high quality, respectful, and beneficial service to the community.
  • Participate with honesty, openness, and respect in intergroup dialogues, hot topic discussions, and everyday interactions with members of the MCSP community.
  • Act with respect, sensitivity, and appreciation for every member of the UM community, including all students, staff, and faculty in MCSP, Housing, and throughout campus.
  • Make progress toward your academic success and professional goals, take full advantage of UM’s academic and counseling resources, and actively seek advice and support as needed.
  • Support the academic success and emotional well-being of every member of the MCSP community and contribute to the vibrant intellectual environment within MCSP.