Dear MASP Family and Friends,

At the foundation of our program is the belief that community is a strategy for surviving challenging environments. In the midst of the stress and uncertainty brought on by COVID-19, we have remained resolute in this belief and have worked to reenvision what community  looks like amidst a global pandemic.  

Through the transition to remote learning, teaching, and working, the MASP students, faculty and staff demonstrated extraordinary resilience in finishing out the semester. We came together virtually to share community resources, strategies, and support.  We distributed over $6k in emergency scholarship funds to MASP students in need. We graduated 29 students. We held a remote version of our summer bridge program, welcoming over 40 new students to CU. 

While much of this Fall semester remains uncertain, we know that MASP will continue to support our students through community. Please read on to learn about what we’ve been up to. Meet our newest team member Dr. CheyOnna Sewell, the new Assistant Director of Social Science Education. Read about new student-led programming, our featured article in the Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine, highlights of current MASP students, and more.


Celeste Montoya
Faculty Director, Miramontes Arts & Sciences Program

Celeste Montoya



Introducing MASP’s New Assistant Director: Dr. CheyOnna Sewell

We are delighted to introduce you to a new member of our team, Dr. CheyOnna Sewell! CheyOnna joined us as our Assistant Director of Social Science Education. Trained as a criminologist from the University of Missouri—St. Louis, she is a Black Feminist Activist Academic. She applies an intersectional-lens to all...
Graduation caps

Graduation: Class of 2020

In lieu of our traditional MASP Commencement Ceremony this spring, we were still able to honor MASP’s class of 2020 with our virtual yearbook ! Our 29 graduates were able to push through despite the unexpected challenges that came in their way and finished strong! We are so proud of...

MASP Alumni Retirement Party Honoring Dr. Alphonse Keasley

Dr. Alphonse Keasley (former MASP Director) announced his retirement as Associate Vice Chancellor in the Office of Diversity, Equity and Community Engagement. We at MASP are grateful for Alphonse’s many years of service to CU and MASP specifically and wish him the best on this new chapter! In appreciation of...
MASP Japanese Club students studying the language

New Student-Led Programming

For our students who wish to connect with others that share similar passions within MASP, we launched student-led programming this past Spring. This initiative offers students the opportunities to lead as well as participate in community building activities with peers with a common interest. One of our current student-led programs...
MASP students studying for a class together

New Research Seminar Features Collaboration with Crown Institute

In collaboration with the new Renée Crown Wellness Institute on campus, this past spring MASP offered a hybrid fieldwork practicum and seminar where students learned about and engage in a Youth Led Participatory Research (YPAR) project around the construct of wellness. We feel strongly that the mission of the new...
Fall 2019 Mini-PEAC students posing for a fun group photo

Fall 2019 Mini-PEAC Recap

In January 2019 MASP piloted a new donor-supported bridge program to intentionally integrate new MASP students (who did not join through summer bridge) into the community through a residential weekend retreat. In November 2019, MASP hosted a second successful Mini-PEAC at the CU Mountain Research Station in Ward, Colorado. The...
Community Highlights

Summer 2020 Community Highlights

Student Recognitions Maya Stephens received the 2020 Linguistics Undergraduate Research Award (LURA) . WINNERS OF JACOB VAN EK SCHOLARSHIPS Janielle Burrage , Neuroscience Mariana Galvez Sminario , Sociology/Women and Gender Studies Aili Miyake , Political Science/Sociology Santos Navarro-Arriola , Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology Faculty Recognitions Celeste Montoya (Director) received...