We Are A Jayhawk Family: The Benefits Of Joining The MSP
MSP has a long and successful history of supporting students to successful completion of their academic programs.
MSP Jayhawk Family Cohorts
Each new MSP Jayhawk will join a small cohort within their respective Professional School (see list above) or College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Advisors and more senior peer mentors provide individual attention to each student, facilitate their access to opportunities beyond the classroom and specific to their academic goals.
MSP professional staff and faculty advisors and peer mentors offer MSP students personal guidance and facilitate:
- Identification of and navigation to appropriate academic resources (e.g. tutoring, academic advising)
- transition into academic units (guidance and support as students develop intellectually, socially, and professionally)
- Personal guidance and support to facilitate the identification and use of broad student support resources (emergency resources, health and well-being, financial aid, housing, etc.)
Peer-to-Peer Connections (PPC)
MSP students are expected to connect with at least one peer through Peer-to-Peer Connections, a component of MSP in which students are intentionally partnered with other students to supplement other forms of academic and social support, Students serve as another ear to listen, another link to the university environment, and another source of guidance and affirmation. Peers see and understand the campus from a perspective different from faculty and staff. The connections provide space for shared student experiences, collaborative problem-solving, and introductions to other peers.
Expanded MSP Network and Community
Academic unit focused cohorts are part of a central MSP network. This larger community of MSP programs work collaboratively to further professional development and preparedness for work life and community leadership beyond the undergraduate degree. MSP students are expected or encouraged to engage in the following during their award period:
- Participation in at least one semester-long service learning project or active participation/leadership in a KU associated extracurricular activity (e.g. Student Senate, student organizations)
- Participation or attendance in at least one multicultural event per semester and a brief summary of the experience submitted through this online survey. You can visit the Events Calendar page on this site for a list of approved events, and highly recommend events organized by Diversity & Equity Offices including the: Office of Multicultural Affairs, Emily Taylor Center for Women and Gender Equity, and Office of Sexuality and Gender Diversity
- Participation in at least one MSP or academic unit designated professional development opportunity (e.g. career center workshop, internship fair, job fair)
- Participation in MSP social activities that are intended to sustain and grow a supportive social and professional network throughout the MSP undergraduate experience and encouraged to do so following graduation (e.g. Fall Picnic, Spring Winter Banquet, or MSP Spring Reception)
- Meet regularly with Academic Program Faculty/Staff Directors
- Engage with MSP peers
- Complete electronic program MSP program evaluation surveys
- Stay in touch after graduation and continue as part of our network of growing MSP Jayhawks
The KU Multicultural Scholars Program aims to help you maximize your KU undergraduate experience through a multifaceted, holistic approach. As we prepare diverse scholars for leadership in the future, we address multiple aspects of college life. The MSP will guide you in achieving academic excellence and developing your career plans, help you grow as a leader in your field and community, expand and enrich your awareness and appreciation of the arts, and support professional opportunities in your field of study. Click on the tabs on left to explore in more detail some of the many benefits associated with the MSP.