Bridge programs like MSU Ignite are critical to student success, particularly for first-generation college students from historically marginalized communities. Over the course of a week, students will design an ad campaign with the direction of ComArtSci faculty. The students will then present their work to their parents and peers, for a chance to display their ad campaign in front of the entire student body at the team’s high school. The program offers students added support, through a variety of mentors and connections created with their peers. In July 2021, 12 incoming freshmen completed this inaugural program and they have continued to share the impact of the program on their college experience. Our goal is to double the number of opportunities for summer 2022 and build a stronger cohort experience throughout the year.
MSU Ignite Summer 2021
Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Lauren Gaines McKenzie is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) for the College of Communication Arts and Sciences where she oversees, develops, and implements programs and initiatives that seek to advance DEI both in and outside of the College. Lauren has worked in higher education for over 14 years and is currently completing her Ph.D. in Higher, Adult, and Lifelong Education (HALE).
Jada Flowers serves as the MSU Ignite Program Coordinator. Drawing from her experiences as a first-generation college student from Detroit has been an integral part of the program's creation, development, and implementation. Jada earned her bachelor’s in advertising (’20) and master’s in public relations (’21) from the College of Communication Arts and Sciences.
We are seeking highly motivated, enthusiastic undergraduate students to join our team as Program Assistants (PA) for Summer 2022. Ignite Program Assistants (PA) play a vital role in the success of the Ignite program. Program Assistants will assist with the implementation of the various activities during the 5-day program by actively participating, facilitating, and interacting with the participants in program sessions. Program Assistant applications will open in March 2022!