The Student Mentoring Academic Resource Team (SMART) Start Program is designed to empower new students who are historically underrepresented in higher education. Participants are matched with an upperclass MSUM student mentor, many of whom have been SMART Start mentees in the past. Students engage in activities to share their diverse cultures and identities, participate in workshops to learn about resources available on campus, and develop a support network among their peers, staff, and faculty.
The mission of the program is to ensure that each new Dragon has the resources needed to achieve their personal, academic and career goals.
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion covers all program costs.
The SMART Start sessions will take place virtually via Zoom on Monday, August 17, 2020, Tuesday, August 18, 2020, and Wednesday, August 19, 2020 from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM CST. You will need a computer or other electronic device that is Zoom compatible. After the initial program in August, additional workshops and activities are hosted throughout the first year for SMART Start students.
2020 SMART Start Program Application
If you have more questions about the SMART Start Program, please contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion.
Participants must be accepted and enrolled at MSUM for fall semester 2019, have completed the FAFSA for the 2019-2020 academic year, be a citizen of the United States, and identify as at least one of the following:
Sophomore, Anthropology (Cultural) & East Asian Studies (Japanese Lang/Culture)
Sophomore, Social Work
Sophomore, Undeclared but currently taking business courses and thinking about minoring in Communications.
Senior, Film Production
SMART Start Scholars provides sophomore year programming for students who participated in the SMART Start Program during their freshman year. This is a new opportunity for SMART Start students. More information will be posted soon.