Multicultural Student Initiatives

The Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives (OMSI) advances Kettering University’s commitment to diversity by providing support services to enable multicultural students to make a smooth transition to campus life and engage in meaningful activities to promote their intellectual, social, emotional and professional development.

Families celebrate graduation after the 2016 commencement exercise.

Programs and Services

OMSI ensures success for multicultural students through pre-college programs; academic services and support; collaboration with faculty, staff and leadership; and various services. Services provided include:

  • Tutoring 
  • Mentoring 
  • Scholarships
  • Recruitment 
  • Academic Advising 
  • Personal Counseling
  • Financial Counseling 
  • Career Counseling

King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiatives

The King-Chavez-Parks (KCP) Initiative Select Student Support Service (4-S) component established by the Michigan Legislature in 1986, the program goal is to increase the graduation rate of admitted Michigan residents who are academically and/or economically disadvantaged at point of admittance or during the matriculation process.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to receive services from KCP, students must be Academically Disadvantaged and/or Economically Disadvantaged.

Academically Disadvantaged Requirements

Incoming Freshmen

  • ACT Composite Score < 24
  • SAT Math Score < 600
  • Math Placement Score  < 17

Continuing Students

  • On Academic Warning/Probation
  • Freshman GPA < 2.5
  • Cumulative GPA below 2.0

Economically Disadvantaged Requirements

  • Pell eligible based on the FAFSA

Support Services for KCP Eligible Students

  • Academic Support Services
  • Advising/coaching
  • Tutoring
  • Supplemental instruction
  • Academic Excellence Workshops
  • Expanded Orientation Workshops
  • Leadership Development Workshops
  • Motivation Workshops
  • Organizational Structure Workshops
Kettering University students working in a chemistry lab

Academic Excellence Workshops

Academic Excellence Workshops provide advanced group-learning techniques for technical subject mastery which incorporates problem sets that expand student capabilities beyond the normal curriculum. The workshops are a disciplined learning environment (versus a teaching environment) in which students demonstrate subject mastery to peers and learn test-taking skills. The workshops help develop communication skills regarding technical issues and the ability to work effectively in groups.

Academic Excellence Workshops are success oriented and aimed at high grades and no failing grades. Its supplemental learning experience is closely related to a specific technical course.

Academic Excellence Workshop Goals

  • Build an academic community among students, facilitators and faculty
  • Obtain a more complete mastery of material
  • Enhance technical communications skills
  • Increase ability to work as a team member
Industrial Engineering students work on robots during lab time.

Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC)

Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC) is part of the freshman orientation program focusing on academic success strategies. A significant segment is devoted to the benefits of collaborative learning and group study. Topics introduced include setting personal goals, seeking help from peers and professors, campus resources, time management, roommate issues, developing study skills and test taking. Personal development focuses on helping students realize their personal growth and development are dependent on obtaining a good understanding of themselves. Issues covered include academic and social motivation, general coping skills and being receptive to support services.

Black Unity Conference members wash cars to help raise funds for their organization.
Participants in the AIM program work on projects in a Mechanical Engineering lab.

Academically Interested Minds (AIM)
Pre-College Program

AIM is a five-week residential summer program for students of color presently in the 11th grade and interested in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. Students are enrolled in freshman level courses and are exposed to the corporate world of engineering through company tours.

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L.B. McCune, Ed.D
Associate Dean of Students
Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives
(810) 762-9629

Stephanie Jones
Assistant Director
Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives
(810) 762-7328

Ricky Brown
Associate Director
Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives 
(810) 762-9845

Nadia Gilbert
Program Coordinator
Office of Multicultural Student Initiatives
(810) 762-9915