The Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program (MASP- formerly the Minority Arts & Sciences Program) is:
- an academic community supporting motivated students who want to be part of a diverse community (including high-achieving traditionally underrepresented undergraduate students) in their successful matriculation in, retention and graduation from the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Colorado at Boulder
- a challenging and enriching academic program that encourages students to experience opportunities on the campus enhancing their academic experience
- a program encouraging students to develop a cooperative and collaborative community
MASP invites students committed to academic excellence to participate in its rigorous yet supportive academic community by setting high expectations for its students, which exceed the university's own minimum requirements. MASP enriches its current academic, intellectual, and community practices through: 1) experiential engagements, 2) academic research and scholarship with supportive faculty from the Boulder campus and 3) promotion and networking of MASP scholars through participation in national conferences and professional intellectual communities.
MASP serves students interested in being part of a diverse community of scholars by stressing the ideals of access to opportunities and to the pursuit of excellence. MASP supports these students in achieving their baccalaureate degree as well as in preparing for post-baccalaureate professional and graduate degrees. MASP appreciates its presence on the campus as an intentional multi-racial, multi-ethnic, multicultural environment, in which many of its students are intellectually curious about their surroundings and caring human interaction. MASP will always serve primarily as an intellectual and academic environment, in which race/ethnicity and other social markers that continue to inform our students' realities for mutual care and concern, but does not define or limit their intellectual purpose. MASP honors and re-affirms the university's commitment to its social justice character.
History of MASP
Originally founded in 1993 as the Minority Arts & Sciences Program, MASP's charge from the College of Arts & Sciences was to retain the many talented students of color disillusioned with their natural sciences majors. The university found that many of these students had been steadily switching their majors from the natural sciences or had been leaving CU-Boulder altogether.
Over the years MASP has grown dramatically - both as a program and in the ways it supports its students. We are now much more than a retention program. We now help students focus on making the transition from college to their post-graduate aspirations. In fact, in 2008, we proudly renamed our program to honor the late Dr. Ofelia Miramontes - a tireless advocate for providing resources ensuring academic excellence for bilingual students, first generation college students and traditionally underrepresented students.