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Community of Multicultural Scholars

Community for Multicultural Scholars

The Community for Mulicultural Scholars is full for the 2018-19 academic year.

What is the Community for Multicultural Scholars?

The Community for Multicultural Scholars is an opportunity for students to share their diverse identities, cultures, and experiences by living and learning together. By choosing to live in this Academic Residential Community you’ll live with others who embrace inclusiveness and seek empowerment. You’ll also have the opportunity to take classes together that address social justice issues currently affecting the lives of individuals of color and underrepresented groups.

Why should I choose to live in the Community for Multicultural Scholars?

  • If you are interested in supporting students' racial and other identities, while developing social justice advocacy in your academic area, this community is for you.
  • If you are interested in an Educational Foundations or Ethnic Studies major or minor, the three terms of our community seminars will substitute for a pre-requisite course in either of those majors or minors. Additionally, our other co-required courses help meet pre-requisites for these majors or minors, as well as the general education requirements for any degree.
  • Through the Center of Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), you can also recieve academic advising and information of other campus events and activities.

Which classes will we take?

  • Outdoor Ropes challenge Course: During your Week of Welcome, when you move into our Carson Residence Hall floor, all CMS ARC students are required to participate in the Spencer Butte Challenge Course. This outdoor ropes course will not only bond us together as a community, it will be a living metaphor for facing the challenges and rigor of being a university scholar. (The Challenge Course is adapted for all abilities and sizes. All are able to participate.)
  • EDST 111 Issues and Problems in Education (4 credits)
  • EDST 199: CMS ARC seminar (1 credit). Fall, winter, and spring terms.
  • ES 101: Introduction to Ethnic Studies


This community is currently located in Carson Hall. Please note that Academic Residential Communities can be moved to different residence hall buildings if the size or need of the community changes.

Who is eligible and how do I apply?

The Community for Multicultural Scholars is designed for multicultural students who are committed to an environment of equity and inclusion. 

  • First - Apply for University Housing and select Community for Multicultural Scholars on the "Community Preference" section.
  • Second - Complete the "Community Questions" section on the housing application. This will ensure that the faculty director will be able to review your application to live in this community. The faculty director will be in contact with you before summer to determine your placement in this community.

For more information, e-mail or call 541-346-3479.