“We see a university in which students are educated using a globally integrated curriculum and a campus climate in which intercultural engagement is valued and practiced on a daily basis.”
Our MRULE team works to build genuine community among people of different backgrounds in a variety of spaces. We believe one of the best ways to learn is through sustained intercultural engagement and discussion.
GOALS OF THE MRULE ICA PROGRAM:
The MRULE-ICA program is a fusion of two different programs, providing a broad set of goals for meeting students’ needs. All of our goals can branch from the following two objectives:
- Help students transition at Michigan State to promote student retention, persistence, and success at MSU.
- Cultivate students’ abilities to engage across cultural boundaries and discuss intercultural issues in a community environment.
Both of these goals are complex in nature. Transitional needs vary depending on a student’s background, and during transitional phases of life it is easy for students to cling to the familiar rather than choosing to cross difference. ICAs work to make both of these goals come to life through intentional outreach in the residence halls and providing students the opportunity to discuss social issues in an intercultural community.
Equipped with ongoing intercultural training and awareness, ICAs partner with RAs to foster an inclusive campus climate that supports student identity development, sense of belonging, and intercultural engagement. Learn more about how our goals impact Michigan State University.
Our Model and Principles
Like many student leader programs, we see “leadership as a process, not a position.” We also see it as humble act of service carried out for the betterment of the public good–in this case, our shared goal of building inclusive communities and cultivating a sense of belonging that contributes to student success. We also see ourselves as explorers on the frontiers of learning, discovering new ways of being, thinking, seeing, and engaging more holistically with ourselves, each other, and the world.
To support these twin identities, we use a process that reflects our posture of learning and encourages us to study, act, reflect, and consult–often and regularly–as we work to transform ourselves, build vibrant communities, and catalyze social change.