The Multicultural Center for Academic Success


Building a community centered on trust, the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) will strengthen the academic success of RIT’s AALANA student population. There are numerous ways for any student to participate and engage with MCAS, including one-on-one coaching, leadership development opportunities, cultural diversity education, and community building programming. Specifically, students may participate in:

DDI Summer Experience

An intensive four-week summer program that consists of (2) three credit hour courses, developmental workshops, academic coaching, exposure to research, and community service programs. 

MCAS Scholars Program

A highly selective program uniquely designed for students to enhance their RIT experience through developing intellectual and ethical leadership skills, fostering a passion for educational excellence, and a commitment to the learning process throughout their time at RIT.

Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program

Designed for exemplary Rochester City School District students, who are selected based on their academic achievements, leadership potential, and desire to make a difference in the RIT and surrounding community.

MCAS Coaching

MCAS coaching serves students of the RIT community by providing a one-on-one nurturing relationship with MCAS staff members who serve to engage, support, and challenge students.

DDI Tutoring

Offered for “traditionally challenging” courses, with a peer-to-peer tutoring model, as a best practice approach for helping improve retention and graduation rates for underrepresented students.

Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (MOCHA) & Women of Color, Honor and Ambition (WOCHA) 

The Men of Color, Honor and Ambition and Women of Color, Honor and Ambition programs were developed as one-year intensive leadership opportunity, specifically targeting the importance of mentoring, as well as personal, academic, cultural, social and professional development.

MCAS Library @ the Wallace Center

Looking for textbook resources? There are over 160 titles in the Wallace center for MCAS student use. Textbooks can be signed out for two hour time periods, within normal operating hours.