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Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions records

 Record Group
Identifier: UA-3.30.1

Scope and Content

The Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions (OCAT) records contain administrative records, staff meeting agendas, event flyers, Minority Aide / Racial Ethnic Aide Program materials,and Maximizing Academic Growth in College (MAGIC). There is also material for student organizations related to the Office inclding Asian Pacific American Student Organization (APASo), North American Indian Student Organization (NAISO), Pilipino American Student Society, and Vietnamese Student Organization.


  • Creation: 1984-2010, 2016-2018, undated

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical / Historical

The history of the Office of Cultural and Academic Tranistions starts with the creation of the Black Student Aide program in 1969 to address concerns of lack of representation of African-American students on campus and in the residence halls. It was administred under the Coordinated Minority Student Programs Office (CMSPO). In 1972, the name changed to the Minority Aide program when Native American and Chicano and Latino aides were added. Asian Pacific American aides were included in 1987. In 1989, the name of the office changed to the Office of Minority Student Affairs. In 2001, the name changed to the Office of Racial Ethnic Student Affairs (ORESA). In December 2006, the name changed to the Office of Cultural & Academic Transitions (OCAT).

Source: Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions website


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Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University Property Rights: Michigan State University

Office of Cultural and Academic Transitions Records
3 Ready For Cataloging
M. Malone
July 2012
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US