Welcome to Oxy’s Multicultural Summer Institute!
MSI laid the foundation for my experience at Occidental. I met other first-year students before classes started and I had a community that I’m still very close friends with now. It was definitely an amazing transition into college.
Anna Palmer ’19
Welcome to Occidental!
We are delighted that you have chosen to come to Oxy, and we look forward to seeing you in the fall. We are excited to be moving forward with Occidental College's Multicultural Summer Institute (MSI) this summer and have made some adjustments to the program to accommodate the current public health situation.
MSI is a rigorous academic course taught by Oxy faculty. This year’s course is titled "Race & Community Exposures: Environment, Health, Resilience, and Justice in the United States." Straddling the lines between history, politics, geography, science, and critical theory, this course examines the relationships between environment and health to highlight how environmental factors and health outcomes are inextricably linked while being spatially and racially determined. These issues have come to the fore vividly through the current COVID-19 crisis.
The course is divided into three integrated components throughout the academic year: a 2-unit summer remote learning course, a 1-unit community dialogue in the fall, and a 1-unit community-based project in the spring. Upon completion of the course, students earn 4-units toward their degree (1 course equivalent), and meet one of Occidental's Core Program requirements, U.S. Diversity.
While in MSI, you will collaborate closely with your peers, the faculty members teaching the class, and staff and administrators at the College. You will be challenged to develop your critical thinking, close reading, analytical writing, and quantitative skills, while connecting across differences and becoming integrated into the campus community through the co-curricular portion of the program. The relationships you will develop with your fellow students, the MSI faculty and staff, and the campus community during the program will remain close to you throughout your four years at the College.
We ask that you submit a short application explaining why you are interested in being part of MSI.
- The application is due Monday, June 1
- The program for the summer session dates are July 19th - July 31st
- With the exception of a $25 deposit, MSI is free. The College covers the cost of tuition for the summer experience, and the cost of fall and spring experiences is covered as part of your regular Oxy tuition package.
If you have any questions or would like to speak to someone over the phone about the program or any aspect of the application, please contact Chris Arguedas, ICC Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We encourage you to review the information on our website with your family and submit your application to this unique program. We look forward to meeting you on July 19th.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College, Co-Director, MSI
Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Co-Director, MSI