Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (MSAC)

The Multicultural Student Advisory Committee (MSAC for short) is a group of student volunteers who work to make you aware of the diversity of thought and experience that exists on campus! We work with the Admissions Office on a variety of different initiatives, all with you in mind. If you would like to know more about who we are, feel free to check out our profiles. If you have any questions about UChicago, please don’t hesitate to email the MSAC team.

Back Row (left to right)

Caleb L., Anthony D., Claire M., Jeronimo M., George A.

Front Row (left to right)

Anase A., Jasmine O., Kellie B., Diego C., Morganne R.

 
Name: Caleb L.

Year in College: Class of 2018

Major: Global Studies

House: Keller

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Prospective Student Advisory Committee
  • EnvisionDo
  • UCicago Careers in Journalism, Arts, and Media
Why did you choose UChicago? To pursue my academic interests within an intellectual as well as nurturing community.

Favorite class? Contemporary Global Issues 1

Favorite place to eat on campus? Starbucks

Favorite thing about UChicago? The passion that all UChicago students possess for their respective interests.

 
 
Name: Anthony D.

Year in College: Class of 2017

Major: Political Science

House: Snell

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Inter-House Council
  • Leaders of Color at the Institute of Politics
  • Organization of Black Students
Why did you choose UChicago? Coming from one of the most culturally diverse high schools in Georgia, I was captivated by the commitment to the essence of multitudes: of thought, of experiences, of origins, of ethnicities and cultures. Although UChicago is not where it wants to be or should be concerning diverse students and identities, I am confident and reassured that there is a devotion and awareness. The world-class education and the value of the freedom of expression at UChicago have a foundation sprouting from its multiplicities and inclusive community.

Favorite class? Temple or Forum: Designing and Debating the Obama Presidential Center

Favorite place to eat on campus? Subway, because it serves healthy yet tasty sandwiches. In addition, it is nice to take a break from the dining halls.

Favorite thing about UChicago? I really enjoy attending seminars at the Institute of Politics. The IOP, under the direction of David Axelrod, brings in policy practitioners in the fields of politics and journalism. There’s a definite commitment to educating and grooming the next generation, and the off-the-record policy of the IOP ensures a unique and deep connection that focuses primarily on civic engagement.

 
 
Name: Claire M.

Year in College: Class of 2018

Major: Spanish, Linguistics

House: DelGiorno

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • University Vocal Performance Program
  • Organization of Black Students
  • Socioeconomic Diversity Alliance
  • University Ballet
  • UChicago Maya
  • Underground Collective
Why did you choose UChicago? I chose UChicago because I really liked the programs for my majors and the access to the city. I also liked how UChicago offered many different classes in clubs that allows students to pursue all of their passions.

Favorite class? My favorite class was Spanish 211, Las Regiones del Español, a sociolinguistics class taught in Spanish that focused on the different dialects of Spanish. It combined my two passions: Spanish and Linguistics. I learned a lot.

Favorite thing about UChicago? My favorite thing about UChicago is the freedom that it allows its students. Between class offerings and RSO options, a student can do almost anything that they can think of. At UChicago, a student’s major does not enclose them in a certain division of the school for their entire time at the university. I know Chemistry majors who build computers for fun, Biology majors who work at the radio station (WHPK), and Economics majors who participate in a poetry collective.

 
 
Name: Jeronimo M.

Year in College: Class of 2019

Major: Physics

House: DelGiorno

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Gymnastics
  • Society for Physics Students
  • Outdoor Adventure Club
Why did you choose UChicago? I chose UChicago because I love the quirky and intellectual atmosphere of the school and its philosophy of having a liberal arts-style curriculum while also having many research opportunities. Also I love that it's in a big city, and how open-minded and friendly the people here are.

Favorite class? Physics 131/2

Favorite place to eat on campus? Logan Café

Favorite thing about UChicago? The students of the University are my favorite part. Everyone has such interesting backgrounds and passions, and are so intelligent that you end up getting into really deep and intellectual conversations in the dining hall or the house lounge. You end up learning almost as much from the students and peers around you as you do from the classes themselves. I also love how open minded and accepting everyone is and how everyone is always willing to help, whether it be in classes or by giving advice for staying warm in the winter.

 
 
Name: George A.

Year in College: Class of 2018

Major: Public Policy, Geography

House: Thompson

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Mural Magazine
  • Model United Nations
  • Institute of Politics
  • Emerging Minds Project at OMSA
Why did you choose UChicago? I love the way UChicago offers a traditional college experience nestled in the greatest city in the world. I wanted to be able to enjoy the great aspects of college life, while simultaneously having access to a great city with so much to offer.

Favorite class? Geographical Issues in Housing and Community Development

Favorite place to eat on campus? Hutchinson Commons

Favorite thing about UChicago? The Institute of Politics

 
 
Name: Anase A.

Year in College: Class of 2017

Major: Biological Sciences

House: Kenwood

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Varsity Women's Soccer
  • Maroon Key
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Women's Fraternity
  • UChicago Careers in Health Professions
Why did you choose UChicago? To be in an environment of individuals committed to the pursuit of lifelong learning in conjunction with purposeful academic exploration.

Favorite class? Principles of Toxicology

Favorite place to eat on campus? It's a tie between the Med and Billings.

Favorite thing about UChicago? My favorite thing about UChicago are the diversity of interests among the student body - it makes your academic and co-curricular activities that much more interesting when these different lived experiences interact with each other.

 
 
Name: Jasmine O.

Year in College: Class of 2017

Major: Comparative Human Development, Spanish

House: Graham

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Prospective Student Advisory Committee
  • Council on University Programming
  • University of Chicago Career in Education Professions
Why did you choose UChicago? I chose UChicago because of the core curriculum. I liked the idea of taking classes outside of my major that I wouldn’t otherwise take.

Favorite class? Las Regiones del Español

Favorite place to eat on campus? Bonjour Bakery on 55th and Lake Park, right by Treasure Island and Walgreens! They have the best sandwiches and awesome breakfast specials. The bakery is owned by a French family, so everything is authentic!

Favorite thing about UChicago? My peers are my favorite part of UChicago. Everyone has different interests and passions, and it’s always interesting to support your friends at all of their events on campus.

 
 
Name: Kellie B.

Year in College: Class of 2016

Major: Biology, English and Creative Writing minor

House: Thompson

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Prospective Student Advisory Committee
  • Student National Medical Association-MAPS Chapter
  • Organization of Black Students
Why did you choose UChicago? I chose UChicago mainly because of the great environment that I felt when I came to visit here. The students were so friendly, and I really just felt a sense of belonging. I love that it’s in the great city of Chicago as well! I’m really glad I chose UChicago.

Favorite class? Human Developmental Biology or Ethnopoetics

Favorite place to eat on campus? Anything on 53rd street, Mitchell Lobby Cafe

Favorite thing about UChicago? My favorite thing about UChicago has to be the neighborhood and the students. I love Hyde Park. It is kind of a bubble within Chicago, but I love all that it has to offer. The students made my four years here really enjoyable and definitely unique. As an underclassman, the house system here made the transition from high school very seamless.

 
 
Name: Diego C.

Year in College: Class of 2018

Major: Psychology, Sociology

House: DelGirono

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Leaders of Color at the Institute of Politics
  • Southside Scribblers
Why did you choose UChicago? I chose UChicago because of its location in the city of Chicago along with the broad, interdisciplinary education I’d receive. I really liked the Core and how the university is focused on inquiry and critical thinking.

Favorite class? Probably Social Psychology, or the third quarter of Philosophical Perspectives on the Humanities.

Favorite place to eat on campus? Noodles, Etc.

Favorite thing about UChicago? Definitely the people. It’s not just that they are passionate about what they study, but they usually have an interesting backstory filled with fascinating experiences. They challenge you in your opinions and interest you with their stories, backgrounds and personalities.

 
 
Name: Morganne R.

Year in College: Class of 2018

Major: Political Science, Linguistics minor

House: Booth

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Leaders of Color at the Institute of Politics
  • The Chicago Maroon
  • Moot Court
  • Pi Beta Phi
Why did you choose UChicago? I was drawn to UChicago because I wanted to go to a school that had a strong intellectual community and was located in a big city. I ended up choosing UChicago because it had these, and because I love House culture and all of the great opportunities that I have here.

Favorite class? Intro to Linguistics

Favorite place to eat on campus? Plen Air Cafe

Favorite thing about UChicago? My favorite thing about UChicago is the people. Not only are my peers some of the nicest and smartest people I've met, but also everyone here is really passionate about something, whether it’s computer science, or activism, or Game of Thrones.

 
 
Name: Meyer H.

Year in College: Class of 2017

Major: Political Science

House: Tufts

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • Organization of Black Students
  • Emerging Minds Project
  • Southside Scribblers
Why did you choose UChicago? UChicago just felt right. The academic opportunities were too amazing to pass up and the students I interacted with all had something wonderfully unique about them.

Favorite class? Zumba with Cruz. Kidding! Although, it’s a lot fun! In terms of real classes, I really enjoyed my Anti-Colonial and Indigenous Political Thought Class.

Favorite place to eat on campus? C-Shop. DJ Khaled has his keys to success, mine are bagels and coffee.

Favorite thing about UChicago? The people I've met!

 
 
Name: Brooke P.

Year in College: Class of 2017

Major: Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

House: Tufts

What other RSOs are you involved in?
  • UChicago Careers in Education Professions
  • UChicago Public Policy and Service: Philanthropy and Institutional Development
  • Chicago Public Policy and Service: Social Impact Corps
  • Alpha Omicron Pi Women’s Fraternity
  • ArtShould Afterschool Program
Why did you choose UChicago? The people... erm... opportunities... you know what i just don’t know anymore!

Favorite class? Religions of the African Diaspora. It had an amazing interdisciplinary curriculum with a really conscientious graduate student lecturer. It allowed for productive examinations of colonial effects on religion, both past and present.

Favorite place to eat on campus? UChicago Grill at Hutch. Love the stomachache I get from the fries.

Favorite thing about UChicago? The academic environment. It can be intense, but cooperative. I don’t think there’s an undergraduate program in the country where I would learn more. Classes here have taught me how to think, theorize, discover, and research at deeper levels than I could have imagined.