Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS)

Building a community centered on trust, the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS) will strengthen the academic success of RIT’s AALANA (African, Latin, and Native American) 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 two three-credit-hour courses, developmental workshops, academic coaching, and community building. This pre-collegiate program helps first-year students get acclimated to RIT, building confidence and bridges to resources before the school year begins.
Learn more about the DDI Summer Experience

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.
Learn more about the Destler/Johnson Rochester City Scholars Program

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.
Learn more about tutoring

Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (MOCHA)

Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (M.O.C.H.A) is a leadership development program for undergraduate male students at RIT. It is open to students who are between their second and fifth academic years of study.
Learn more about MOCHA

MCAS Library at RIT Libraries

Looking for textbook resources? There are roughly 100 titles in RIT Libraries for MCAS student use. Textbooks can be signed out for two-hour time periods, within normal operating hours. Search "MCAS" under Course Reserves to browse.

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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.
Learn more about MCAS Scholars

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Unity House

MCAS and Unity House are committed to building a strong African American, Latin American, and Native American (AALANA) student community at RIT.  In a dynamic and unique collaboration with Residence Life, MCAS serves as joint advisor for Unity House. In this role we work collaboratively to advocate for the floor, as well as advise and support the student leadership. MCAS and Unity House work together to ensure a full floor with robust offerings – we host Tutoring, collaborate on programming, and outreach to all RIT AALANA students.
Learn more about Unity House


Multicultural Programming
MCAS takes the lead on providing culturally enriching programs open to the entire RIT community. Our Multicultural Programming creates collaborative celebrations that engage, educate, and enrich the RIT community.

Financial Support and Assistance
Students are eligible to apply for academic scholarships, emergency loan funds, and receive books through the MCAS Reserved Library held at the Wallace Library. These programs are offered to students on a semester basis, but students must meet the eligibility requirements for each program.           

MCAS Programs and Events
The Multicultural Center for Academic Success sponsors a series of educational, cultural, and social events designed to foster students’ personal, professional, leadership, and academic development.

Family Meetings
Family meetings are held once during the Fall semester each academic year. These meetings provide students an opportunity to network with other students over dinner. Students also receive development workshops on a wide range of topics, such as time management, resume writing, STEM towards Success, and Co-op opportunities.

DDI Celebration of Excellence
The Celebration of Excellence is a Division-wide end of the year event that celebrates the accomplishments of Division of Diversity and Inclusion students, collaborators, partners, and supporters. This premier event also presents awards recognizing the contributions of student, faculty, staff, and alumni leaders to clubs, organizations, and departments.

Academic Support and Coaching
Professional staff are available to provide one-on-one advising and coaching to students on personal and social matters, to make referrals to other campus and community resources as appropriate, to monitor academic progress and recommend strategies for improving academic performances.



MCAS Suite
Located on the Mezzanine level of the SAU (above Ben & Jerry’s and Nathan’s Soups), the MCAS Suite is home to professional staff and also our DDI Divisional Tutoring. Stop by to schedule a Coaching session, do some class work, or get to know the MCAS Team!


Our Staff

Robert Hoggard

Director of Multicultural Center for Academic Success

Imani Baker

Senior Staff Assistant

David Benitez

Associate Director for Rochester City Scholars

Robert Bonfiglio

Assistant Director for Assessment and Academic Success

Alexandria Collins

Assistant Director for MCAS: Student Development

Jessica Saltzberg

Associate Director for MCAS: Student Success and Engagement

Melodie Velazquez-Soto

Assistant Director for Rochester City Scholars

Gena Willis

Assistant Director for Affinity Programs and Leadership Dev