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Program Highlights

Snapshot of Accomplishments

100%

Retention of first-year students, and underrepresented students of color

98%

Graduation rate for MCSP student leaders

185,700

Hours of community service across 10 years

$3,658,290

Dollar value of community service projects across 10 years

Student Leadership, by the Numbers

100

Resident Advisors

270

Peer Advisors

340

Peer Mentors

2,000+

First-year Students

What MCSP has pioneered...

  • Civic Engagement, Community Service and Democratic Practice – commitment to civic engagement in all professional careers long before national embrace of service
  • Intergroup Dialogue and Engagement – commitment to modeling a “diverse democracy” and intentionally “interrupting the cycle of racial segregation” in both the classroom and the residence hall through this living learning program
  • Academic Excellence, Retention, and Diversity – unprecedented academic success of all first-year students as demonstrated in student retention data

Selected Funding Endorsements and Awards

  • Need-Based Scholarship Endowments – The MCSP Faculty and Staff Community Service Need-Based Scholarship Endowment Funds and The Milstein Family Fund
  • Provost’s Whitaker Grant – “Diverse, Interdisciplinary Learning Experiences for Students through the Integration of Classroom Study and Community Engagement.” 2009-10
  • Diversity Council Grant – “Building and Celebrating a Multicultural Learning Community,” 2009-10
  • Ginsberg Outstanding University Program Awards – “University-Community Social Justice Film and Discussion Series.” 2008-09; Outstanding Campus Impact Awards; Outstanding New Student Leaders, etc.
  • U-M Distinguished Diversity Leaders Award - MCSP administrative team, 2010
  • Ford Foundation Grant on Difficult Dialogues – faculty retreats and seminars on religious pluralism and academic freedom resulting in course revision and writing initiatives, 2006-07
  • U.S. News and World Report: Annual “Best Colleges” ranking for U-M Learning Communities and Service-Learning Programs
  • Bringing Theory to Practice Initiative – MCSP is showcased by Association of American Colleges and Universities as model for a healthy environment for students in terms of depression, stress, binge drinking
  • National Recognition: CNN Broadcast – MCSP is showcased on Anderson Cooper 360, PEW National Learning Communities Fellows, Newsweek Magazine, Detroit Free Press, Ann Arbor News, etc.  

Other Accomplishments

  • Student Leadership Awards – MLK Spirit Awards, Ginsberg Awards, IGR Gurin Awards, Truman finalist, Black Celebratory keynote, Solar Car Team, Smart Award, Wallenberg Fellow, Engineering Commencement speaker, etc.
  • Annual MLK Day “Circle of Unity” – 250 – 350 people gather on the diag
  • Book Publication: Engaging the Whole of Service-Learning, Diversity and LearningCommunities – by MCSP faculty, national leaders, students and community partners, 2004
  • AmeriCorps – Michigan students have worked at Focus: HOPE, Warren-Conner Development Coalition, ROC-Michigan