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Welcome to the resources page for the Office of Diversity Programming at James Madison College.

If you are interested or would like more information, please feel free to contact Amber Benton.

Scholarships and Research Opportunities

Annual JMC Alumni Diversity Scholarship

Two awards given annually to incoming freshmen (non-renewable) This award is open to every student admitted to the James Madison College first year class, and is designed to emphasize the importance of ethnic, racial, and cultural diversity in the college and will be awarded to the essayist most likely to contribute to or to actively support the goal of diversity.

Essay of 600 words maximum; please respond to the following question: Please tell us a bit about how you define diversity.  What has contributed to your understanding of what diversity means?  Why do you believe diversity is important, and how do you envision yourself seeking out and promoting diversity during your time at James Madison College?

For more information and how to apply, please visit: http://jmc.msu.edu/scholarships/

The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship

One award given annually to an incoming freshmen (non-renewable).

The Nelson and Marlene Cummings Scholarship was founded by Jeffrey Cummings, a 1984 Madison graduate, to honor his parents and their life-long commitment to public affairs, civic activities, and education. The purpose of the scholarship is to assist James Madison College in its effort to recruit and retain students whose presence will further the College's compelling interest in obtaining the educational benefits that flow from a racially and ethnically diverse student body.

This essay competition requires a 1,000 word (max-essay and is open to all incoming first year students who are planning to enroll in James Madison College at Michigan State University during the upcoming fall term.  It is the donor's wish that each candidate answer one of the following essay questions.  Preference shall be given to the student whose essay is stylistically well-written and best reflects analytic thought, creativity, and personal experience.

For more information, or to apply, visit: http://jmc.msu.edu/scholarships/

MLK, Jr. Advancing Inclusion Through Research Award

Do you believe in inclusion and diversity? Do you support the ideals of Martin Luther King, Jr.? Are you interested in receiving an award for a research project? If you answered YES to these questions, the MLK, Jr. Advancing Inclusion through Research Award may be just for YOU!

In an effort to build the body of work authored by students that supports the MSU and MLK, Jr. ideals of inclusive excellence, we encourage submission of MSU student research papers and creative projects on topics of inclusion, diversity, and marginalized populations. Students from Honors College (all majors), James Madison College, Lyman Briggs College, and Res College in the Arts & Humanities are eligible to apply for the Award.  Any work  from the Spring, Summer or Fall Semesters are eligible!  Submissions will be due in annually in December! For more information, or to apply, visit: MLK, Jr. Advancing Inclusion Through Research Award website. Information and Application

Information for Multicultural Students Studying Abroad: Scholarships for Multicultural Students

Study abroad is an investment in your future. Like any other type of investment, it requires planning, careful management, creativity, perseverance and commitment. How can you pay for it? Start by planning far in advance (a year is suggested). By planning and selecting certain programs, you may find that the cost of study abroad is far less than you imagined. Information and Application

MSU MLK Endowed Scholarship Program

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Endowed Scholarship Program recognizes MSU students who are, through their stewardship, becoming society's leaders by actively engaging in their communities in ways that fight injustice and promote equality for all on every possible level. This scholarship is due annually in February. Information and Application

Campus and Community Resources

OCAT-Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions
339 Student Services Building

Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender Resource Center
302 Student Services Building

Women’s Resource Center
116/118 Linton Hall

Counseling Center
207 Student Services Building

Olin Health Center
Located on East Circle Drive between Berkey Hall and the Grand River parking ramp.

Resource Center for Persons with Disabilities
120 Bessey Hall

Native American/American Indian Resources

Native American Resource Sites

American Indian Library Association

American Native Press Archives

This site provides research materials documenting all aspects of life among American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations of Canada. Along with the American Native Press Archives, the Center documents contemporary Native American communities by creating, maintaining, and providing to the public the most comprehensive collection possible of Native newspapers, periodicals, and other publications; maintaining Native manuscripts and special collections; and acquiring other materials related to Native communities, press history, and literature. The Center serves tribal communities and the general public by developing and maintaining the means of accessing the content of these collections and by providing educational resources through various media and public programming. ANPA stands today as one of the world's largest repositories of Native thought.


Native Videos

These award winning, celebrated videos used by thousands of institutions such as libraries, universities and Native Nations for “public viewing” as well as by individuals for “home use”.


National Museum of the American Indian


North American Indigenous Student Organization (NAISO)
G-33 North Hubbard Hall and in the Multicultural Center (432-7153)

African American Resources

Library of Congress Resource Guide
Study of Black History & Culture



The New York Public Library Digital Library Collections
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century


AOL Black Voices

A premiere site for African-American culture and community, offers African-American message boards, profiles and chats, African-American sports, African-American news, African-American entertainment, African-American style and beauty, relationship advice and more.


The Black Collegian Website

Career site for students of color.


The Western Journal of Black Studies


Black Student Alliance (BSA)
BSA office in the Multicultural Center, (432-7153)

Asian/Pacific – Islander Resources

Asia Society

A leading global organization working to strengthen relationships and promote understanding among the people, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States. We seek to enhance dialogue, encourage creative expression, and generate new ideas across the fields of policy, business, education, arts, and culture.


University of Michigan - Asian Pacific Islander Month


Library of Congress Resource Guide – Asian/Pacific- Islander


Asia Source – Resource of the Asian Society


Asian Pacific Islander Family Resource Network


Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASO)
Vincent Chin Heritage Room, Holden Hall G-13, and in the Multicultural Center

Latino/Hispanic Resources

The National Council of La Raza


The League of Latin American Citizens


The National Hispanic Media Coalition


Hispanic Surf – Connecting everyone to everything Hispanic


I Hispano – The professional Latino Network


Library of Congress- Handbook of Latin Studies


Latin American Network Information Center


Culturas de las Razas Unidas (CRU)
CRU room in Wilson Hall, and in the Multicultural Center, (432-7153)