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North Star Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs brochures and fliers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: RITArc-0055

Scope and Contents

The North Star Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs collection consists of several documents related to the office and its activities. Most of the collection is made up of brochures and fliers. There is information on the office, the pre-collegiate summer program, the North Star Society, and the Coalition for a Better World.

The collection also includes an email announcing a name change for the office. During the Fall 2010 quarter, the office changed its name to the Multicultural Center for Academic Success to better reflect is mission and new programs


  • Creation: 2005-2010


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers.

Biographical / Historical

The North Star Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs was established in 2000 as part of a Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) initiative to increase student retention at the college, particularly among minority students. The office was named in honor of Frederick Douglass's 19th century anti-slavery newspaper, The North Star. Aligned under the Division of Student Affairs, the office serves the entire RIT community through recruitment activities, workshops, and retention programs. However, the office's primary focus is on students of the African American, Latin American, or Native American communities.

The North Star Center offers students access to a variety of resources including personal advising, leadership development opportunities, and cultural events. Additionally, the office appoints representatives to serve as liaisons between the office and the various colleges at the university. The North Star Center also offers three main programs: North Star Academy, North Star Society, and Coalition for a Better World.

The North Star Academy (established 2003) is open to matriculating freshmen who wish to ease their transition into college by participating in a three week summer program. In addition to having students take a college course over the summer, the program includes leadership development programs and access to education, career, and wellness advisors.

Students who meet the five goals, seven principles, and seven leading virtues of the North Star Society are eligible for membership in the society. The five goals are in the areas of academic achievement, ethical development, community service, cultural excellence, and wellness. If a student earns a 3.0 GPA and meets these five goals, they are not only eligible for the society, but can be selected to be a Luminary.

The Coalition for a Better World was established in 2002. An outreach program, the coalition sponsors events such as lectures, workshops, and the global awareness fair.

At the start of the Fall 2010 quarter, it was announced that the office would be changing its name to the Multicultural Center for Academic Success (MCAS). The announcement came following a two month process where the office evaluated its strategies and services.


1 Folder(s)




Materials related to the Rochester Institute of Technology's North Star Center, renamed the Multicultural Center for Academic Success in 2010. The collection includes brochures, fliers, and an email announcement regarding the office and its activities.


Materials are contained in a single folder.

Physical Location

C.S. North, shelf 316

Related Materials

Multicultural Center for Academic Success, RITArc.0457

Processing Information

Finding aid created by Lara Nicosia in January 2011.

North Star Center for Academic Success and Cultural Affairs brochures and fliers
RIT Archives
Lara Nicosia
13 January 2011
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Part of the RIT Archives Repository

Rochester NY 14623 USA