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Student Leadership


As a program dedicated to helping college students develop lifelong leadership skills, MCSP offers multiple positions for sophomores through seniors.  Expand the following sections to learn about ways to lead in our learning community!

Resident Advisors

Resident Advisors (RAs) for the Michigan Community Scholars Program are sophomores,  juniors, and seniors at U-M. These students live in the halls alongside their residents, serve as community-builders, crisis managers, listeners, and friends. The RAs also facilitate small discussion sections of the ALA102 seminar and encourage communication between first-year students. If you have questions or concerns, please seek out one of the Resident Advisors. They are always here for you.



Peer Advisors and Mentors

Peer Advisors and Mentors are sophomores and juniors at U-M. These students help the RA’s build a strong sense of community and serve as resources and role models for first year students. Having just transitioned into college a year or two ago, they can share personal experiences about life within MCSP and at U-M.

Peer Advisors for Programming

The Peer Advisors for Programming lead the Programming Board (PB&U), a student-run organization providing social, cultural, and wellness events for MCSP students.



Peer Advisors for Community Service (PACS)

Peer Advisors for Community Service (PACS) act as Action Team Coordinators and Site Leaders for the service component of the required fall membership course, ALA 102. They also help to connect first year students with other service organizations on campus and in the community.




Peer Advisors for Intergroup Relations (IRC)


Peer Advisors for Intergroup Relations (IRC) plans and leads dialogue-style conversations on a range of social identity and social justice issues, along with addressing climate-focused initiatives. They also sponsor cultural events that build understanding across differences.




Program Associates

Program Associates serve a variety of roles for MCSP, performing duties that help with the program's operations and maintenance. From maintaining the website to managing the program's social media accounts, these students play vital roles in MCSP's operations.

2023-24 Program Associates

Michelle Ashkenazi

My name is Michelle Ashkenazi, and I’m from Miami, FL. As a rising sophomore, I intend on majoring in Economics and Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience. A fun fact about me is that I’m both Middle-Eastern and Hispanic! I enjoy reading, nature, piano, and exercising. I’m also very excited to be Social Media Coordinator!

Program Coordinator

Program Coordinators