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Community of Multicultural Scholars

Community for Multicultural Scholars

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 historical and current issues that have an impact on the lives of diverse communities, this community is for you. You’ll learn about the successes and challenges of other communities, and validate your unique identity among a group of diverse, intelligent individuals. Supported in part by the Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE), you’ll find ways to be involved on campus with different events and activities. You’ll receive academic advising, career counseling, and educational planning assistance from the CMAE retention specialists who can help you succeed personally and academically.

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.