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The Multicultural Student Leadership Initiative (MSLI) is a leadership training program for students who support diversity and want to make a difference during their time at UW. MSLI was designed to support U.S. ethnic minority students and all students who want to promote diversity through leadership. MSLI helps first-year students (freshman or new transfers) develop the skills and social network to excel in future leadership roles on the UW campus.
MSLI matches mentees (first-year students) with a peer mentor and a faculty/staff mentor, creating an MSLI mentoring “Triad”. MSLI peer mentors are students who have been involved with leadership activities on campus for at least one year. MSLI faculty/staff mentors are from a wide range of campus academic, professional, and personal backgrounds. MSLI Triads meet at least every other week to build a positive support network.
MSLI first-year students (mentees) meet regularly throughout the fall and spring semester for leadership development workshops and special community building activities. Mentees also work together – with support of the MSLI program – to design and complete a campus leadership project in the spring semester.
MSLI is a partnership between Multicultural Affairs (MA) and the Service, Leadership and Community Engagement (SLCE) office. It is coordinated by a committee that includes representation from MA, SLCE, Residence Life and Dining Services, and Admissions. The program is also made possible by the generous volunteer support from other campus faculty, staff, and student leaders who serve as mentors and guest presenters.
Click here for the MSLI 2013-14 tentative schedule (some details are subject to change).