Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)

Multicultural Center for Academic Success

The Multicultural Center for Academic Success is a unit within the Office of the President and the Division of Diversity & Inclusion. The Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) is committed to maximizing the academic potential and holistic development of students by creating an inclusive, student-centered environment. By keeping academics first and foremost, MCAS strives to become a nationally recognized model for academic excellence and student success.

Scholar Spotlight: Alyssa Alleyne-Atherly
"A Scholar Leading With an Open Mind and a Compassionate Heart"

Alyssa Alleyne--Atherly is a third-year student in the College of Computing and Information Sciences majoring in Information Technology. A 2011 Summer Bridge graduate, Alyssa quickly established herself as a leader and scholar at RIT. In her first year, Alyssa was selected as an MCAS Scholar and a Program Assistant (PA) for the 2012 MCAS Summer Bridge Program. She also received the Unsung Hero Award, the highest student honor, at the 2012 MCAS Star Awards.

Her natural talent as a servant leader is evident in her involvement on campus. Currently, Alyssa serves as Vice-President of the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Historian of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. She previously served as Historian for Unity House and Publicity Director of Society of African American Business Students (SAABS). She is also an active member of Unity House, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), and Women in Technology. When balancing the pressures of leadership, Alyssa says, "I don’t find fault, I find a remedy."

Modeling the "MCAS Way", Alyssa is well-respected among her peers as a role model, mentor and friend. Alyssa currently serves as an MCAS mentor, where she has the opportunity to provide guidance and support to first-year AALANA students. She is also a founding member of the Rochester, NY chapter of Determined Individuals Victoriously Achieving Success (D.I.V.A.S). D.I.V.A.S is an empowerment group that promotes sisterhood, excellence, and positivity among college women of color. When asked about how she maintains healthy relationships on campus, Alyssa answers, " I am as true to my friends as I am to myself." Additionally, Alyssa often dedicates her time to help other students academically. She not only provides guidance and tutoring to IT majors, she also served as a Peer Advisor for the Academic Support Center.

Eager to take on new challenges and experiences, Alyssa traveled to Croatia to study at the American College of Management and Technology during the Summer of 2013. While in Croatia, she studied small business sustainability, sociology, and environmental science. During this time, Alyssa also had the opportunity to travel around Croatia from Dubrovnik to Zagreb. After returning from Croatia, Alyssa started a co-op at Lenel Systems International as a Quality Assurance Engineer.

When asked about the motivation behind her academic, leadership, and professional achievement, Alyssa simply states, "I try to be the yardstick of quality. Everyone isn’t used to an environment where excellence is an expectation."

News & Events
Wednesday September 24, 2014
Resume Workshop – Hosted by McNair/TRiO MOSAIC, 1:00pm
Thursday September 25, 2014
Resume Construction Workshop Liberal Arts Hall (LBR)-3233, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Friday September 26, 2014
Dress for Success – Hosted by McNair/TRiO MOSAIC, 3:00pm
Sunday September 28, 2014
Etiquette Dinner Saunders College of Business-1225/1235, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Sunday October 5 – Friday October 10, 2014
MCAS Spirit Week Various Locations (flier with events and locations to come)
Friday October 10, 2014
MCAS Family Meeting Gosnell-1250, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Tuesday October 14, 2014
Wellness Workshop Bamboo Room-Room 2650, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Monday October 20 – Friday October 17, 2014
Doc A Day MCAS, All Day
Wednesday October 22, 2014
Finding My Path Reading Room, 12:00pm
Friday October 24, 2014
Mystery Bus Undisclosed location, 5:00pm
Wednesday October 29 – Thursday October 30, 2014
Halloween Decorating Contest MCAS
Saturday November 8, 2014
Professional Development Series Conference CIMS-Various Rooms, 9:00am – 1:00pm
Monday November 10, 2014
MCAS at the Movies Select theater, 6:00pm
Friday November 14, 2014
MCAS Family Meeting Gosnell-1250, 5:00pm – 7:00pm
Monday November 17 – Friday November 21, 2014
Doc A Day MCAS, All Day
Tuesday November 18, 2014
Speaker Event: Andrew Solomon
Wednesday November 19, 2014
Finding My Path Reading Room, 12:00pm
Wednesday December 10, 2014
MCAS Lock-In (TBD), 8:00pm
Thursday December 11, 2014
MCAS Study Salon (TBD), All-Day