Did you know? Students at the University of Wisconsin Madison are responsible for creating/planning well over 70% of all campus programs. However, there are few opportunities for students to be educated in the fundamentals of campus programming (Wisconsin Union Directorate being the exception).
The Multicultural Student Center Programming Board (MSCPB) includes students in the planning and development of all MSC annual events: Multicultural Orientation and Reception (MCOR), Multicultural Leadership Summit (MLS), Heritage/Awareness Month Observances, Multicultural Leadership Awards (MLA) and Graduation Ceremony. It creates and institutionalizes a structured opportunity for MSC staff to mentor students in the areas of: event planning and program/event development. As a consequence, we in-turn hope to be able to increase the quality of other student planned events and programs. The Programming Board also exposes students to career possibilities in Higher Education, Student/Multicultural Affairs and also embodies the core value of “student participation” as articulated in the MSC Mission Statement and Core Values.
Structure: The MSC Programming board (MSC-PB) will be comprised of 1 student representative (1 alternate) from each of the Student Organizations housed in the MSC, MSC Student Interns, and/or up to three at large members (can be a UW Madison Student). Participation on this board will be a requirement for any student group that has office space in the MSC. The MSCBP will be a Registered Student Organization (RSO) but will also be considered an auxiliary of the MSC. The MSC organizational advisor will be the staff person who works closely with the MSCPB.
MSCPB Guidelines: The Multicultural Student Center Program Board (MSCPB) is a multicultural programming and leadership development board comprised of leaders from the MSC Student Organizations housed in the MSC, MSC Student Interns, and/or up to three at large members (can be a UW Madison Student).
The mission of MSCPB is to collaboratively strengthen and sustain an inclusive campus where all students, particularly students of color and other historically underserved students, are engaged and can realize an authentic Wisconsin Experience. We seek to accomplish this by:
- Actively participating in the planning and execution of all MSC Annual Events/Programs
- Exposing ourselves to learning/training opportunities that will enhance our knowledge of and skill in campus event planning.
- Utilizing our experience on the MSCPB to enhance other student organizations and event planning on campus.
Membership: Organizations/Individuals desiring membership in MSCPB must support and promote diversity and inclusion activities on campus, and maintain registered student organization and/or student status.
To attain membership into MSCPB the organization/individual must be nominated for membership by at least one of the following:
- MSCPB Advisor
- MSC Professional Staff Member
- Other MSCPB organizations/individuals
- Self Nomination (please see MSC staff for application)
The organization/individual’s request for membership into MSCPB must be approved by a majority vote (7 votes) of the MSCPB (this can be achieved at a MSCPB meeting or via email). The organization must review the MSCPB ‘s guidelines with either the MSCPB Advisor or MSCPB Representative. Each member organization is required to elect or appoint one representative and one alternate to serve on the board. These representatives will be elected in April to ensure that new representatives will be trained in preparation for the next academic year.
Representatives: Representatives serve a full term, from August to May, functioning as liaisons between their organizations and the Multicultural Student Center. Duties shall include, but are not limited to:
- Report any information discussed at the MSCPB meetings their respective organization
- Attend all monthly MSCPB meetings and MSC program Planning Committee meetings
- Assign one person to attend the MSCPB meeting if they will be absent (i.e. alternate)
Nominations for representatives will be appointed or elected by the respective organization.To qualify for Representative Candidacy, the applicant must:
- Be an active member of the respective organization
- Hold a minimum 2.75 UW Madison GPA
- Be knowledgeable of the Multicultural Student Center
- Be knowledgeable of organizational dynamics
- Be knowledgeable about University and MSCPB organizations
Meetings: MSCPB Representatives shall meet once a month, at a locations determined by the MSCPB Advisor. MSCPB Representatives must also attend their respective MSC program Planning Committee meetings for their assigned/requested program (i.e. MCOR)
- Welcome Week Committee- This committee will be charged with planning a week of programs for Fall and Spring semesters. For example, planning the annual MCOR event, which takes place in the Fall. The week must include a combination of educational and social programs. The committee will research what campus programs are scheduled to take place to aid in developing collaborations and to ensure that our programs do not interfere with other major campus programs. This may include but is not limited to developing a master calendar of current welcome week events.
- Leadership Development Committee- This committee will be charged with planning the weekend retreat activities/agenda for the Fall. Summit is a weekend meeting of the MSC Organization leaders that focuses on preparing them to effectively handle the personal and professional demands that fall on leaders during the academic year. Each organization is required to send at least 3 executive members. This committee will also plan other events that may enhance or contribute to the leadership development of students.
- Heritage/Awareness Month Observation- This committee will be charged with planning events/programs for Heritage and Awareness months (i.e. Asian Awareness Month in April). The goal is to plan and/or coordinate with departments and student organizations to support their events. This may include but is not limited to developing a master calendar of current heritage/awareness month events. The committee is encouraged to also develop programs around the designated months for the campus community by sponsoring speakers, performers, etc.
- Graduation & Leadership Awards- This committee will be charged with planning The Multicultural Leadership Awards (MLA) Program. The MLA was developed by the MSC in 2000 to recognize contributions made by student leaders and Multicultural Organizations all across campus. Often times students are found working very hard in both academics and organizational involvement, and while both are important and even expected of excellent students, the MSC staff felt it was important that such work not go unnoticed.
MSCPB Officer Positions:
- Standing Committee liaisons- There will be 4 committee liaison positions. Each committee liaison will attend the planning meeting of the corresponding committee (i.e. Welcome Week) and report to the MSCPB each month on the committee’s progress. The liaison will also field any questions, concerns, or suggestions to the corresponding committee that MSCPB may have.