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Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP)


The Michigan Community Scholars Program (MCSP) brings together students and faculty who have a commitment to community service, diversity and academic excellence. Through small courses, faculty-student contact, service projects, leadership opportunities and social programs, students model an ideal community through intergroup engagement, responsibility, friendship, and collaboration.

Some of our projects include:

  • Working with the Brightmoor Alliance and the Brightmoor Youth Garden (see the book by MCSP faculty faculty and students “The Brightmoor Farmway”)
  • Social Justice Film Series in collaboration with the Ann Arbor District Library
  • Working with Freedom House in Detroit
  • Preparing dinners at the Ronald McDonald House
  • Natural Areas Restoration Work/Ecosystems maintenance such as removing invasive non-native plants from nature areas
  • Assist with set-up, clean-up and/or participating in raising money by walking in the AIDS walk or the CROP walk
  • MCSP’s Smile Bringer Singers go to Senior Living Centers to sing and bring joy
  • MCSP’s theater troupe, SHOCK – Students Helping Others Choose Knowledgeably, offers performances for 5th grade classes about substance abuse.
  • Please see the MCSP book, Engaging the Whole of Service-Learning, Diversity, and Learning Communities, co-authored by MCSP faculty, staff, students and community partners, for additional information about the program.

    Some MCSP projects are initiated by faculty, others by students, and still others by the program administration.

    Contact Information

    Wendy Woods, David Schoem

    701 E. University Ave
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1245

    Phone: 734-647-4860
    E-mail: wwoods@umich.edu

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    Sponsoring Service Unit(s)

    Literature, Science & the Arts

    Sponsoring Department(s)

    College of Literature Science and the Arts

    Program Available to these Counties

    Washtenaw, Wayne

    Program Available to these Cities

    Ann Arbor, Detroit

    Subject Area(s)

    Business & Industry, Community Assistance, Continuing & Community, Culture (American & International), Early Childhood and Elementary (pre-6), Education, Engineering, Environmental, Health & Health Care, Middle and High School (7-12), Public Lectures, Senior Citizens, Social Services, Teacher Education / Resources