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Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) supports students as they navigate cross-cultural encounters and develop a cultural identity. OCAT engages students on issues related to academic transitions, culture, race and ethnicity. Specifically, OCAT prompts students’ involvement in broad-based university learning experiences (e.g., education-abroad, alternative spartan breaks, internships, etc.), while also connecting them to campus resources, people and programs that lead to deeper student learning and personal success. In part, the office accomplishes this by building critical alliances and connections with academic units. OCAT strives to bring together individuals and groups of students from diverse racial, ethnic, international and domestic backgrounds for meaningful interactions. OCAT employs multiple strategies to accomplish these goals, including signature programs, such as the Intercultural Aide program, Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC), Council on Racial Ethnic Students (CORES), and Spartan Remix. Visit www.ocat.msu.edu.