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Can I go to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives for scholarships and loans?
The Center for Multicultural Initiatives houses the nationally recognized Oakland University Trustee Academic Success, (OUTAS) program, which provides sliding scale scholarships to a diverse group of entering freshmen who have demonstrated academic success and leadership development in high school. The renewable $1,000-3,000 scholarships require that students meet academic standards as well as meet with a counselor, peer mentor, Circle of Sisterhood and Brothers support groups and attend the Collegiate Communications (COM 101) course. CMI Scholars also include students who receive the Wade McCree Scholarship and the Detroit Compact Scholarship. The Center for Multicultural Initiatives also provides limited emergency financial assistance in the form of loans and scholarships granted to students beyond the freshman year.
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Does the Center for Multicultural Initiatives give scholarships to on campus students?
Students who have a demonstrated emergency financial need that will prevent them from continuing their education might be eligible for Retention Fund scholarships from the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. Students who have a minimum 3.0 GPA and who have demonstrated a commitment to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of honoring intercultural relationships and interracial understanding through their actions at OU and beyond can apply for the annual Keeper of the Dream Award.  Students who have earned a 2.5 or higher g.p.a. and who have earned at least 24 credit hours are eligible for the CMI Sharp Book Loan up to $250.00.
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Is the the CMI just for underrepresented students?
No. All students are encouraged to benefit from the services provided by the Center for Multicultural Initiatives.
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What are the Brothers and Circle of Sisterhood groups through the Center for Multicultural Initiatives?
These groups in the Center for Multicultural Initiatives are designed to help students understand and work together through the adjustment issues faced by all college students, and how to best cope with those issues. The groups meet weekly, host a fall conference, and co-sponsor programs with many student organizations.
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What does the Center for Multicultural Initiatives do besides scholarships, loans and support services?
The Center for Multicultural Initiatives is involved in campus-wide programming initiatives such as the Keeper of the Dream Awards Banquet, which honors Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy of celebrating intercultural relationships and interracial understanding. The banquet honors students who have a minimum 3.0 grade point average and who have demonstrated a commitment to Dr. King's dream through their actions at OU and beyond. Three to five $2,500-$5,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The Center for Multicultural Initiatives also collaborates with departments across campus on Hispanic Celebration, African American Celebration, Collectively Oakland Retains Everyone (CORE) First-Year Retention Initiative, Diversity Training and Diversity Programming Fund Proposal selection and funding.
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What is the Center for Multicultural Initiatives?
The Center for Multicultural Initiatives (CMI) provides programs and services to increase the recruitment, retention and graduation of all students and particularly underrepresented racial and ethnic groups (African American, Latino and Native American). The office provides services to increase the academic and social success of students. Services include mentoring, referrals to campus resources, leadership development training and student support groups. The office also provides limited emergency financial assistance in the form of loans and scholarships granted to students beyond the first year.
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What other financial support does the Center for Multicultural Initiatives provide?
The Center for Multicultural Initiatives has a book voucher loan program by which students who have a 2.5 or higher g.p.a., who have a proven financial need can borrow, interest free, up to $250 to purchase books from the OU bookstore. The loan must be paid back to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives by the end of the semester.
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Who are the Peer Mentors & CORE Ambassadors?
Peer Mentors and CORE Ambassadors are CMI student staff who function as mentors to Center for Multicultural Initiative Scholars and CORE participants. They also serve as an advisory board to the Center for Multicultural Initiatives. The students research and investigate the pulse of the student community through focus groups and programming initiatives and report to the CMI on the issues relevant to diversity, cross-cultural relationships and interracial interaction that are "hot topics." These issues can then be addressed through the Center for Multicultural Initiatives and the OU community.
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