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HC IMPACT Week of Service 2023


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I loved the variety of service projects we were able to do through HC IMPACT and the variety of lessons we could pull from them. The ability to get to know my peers and HC staff was also a really helpful experience. Between the people and the experiences, I was reassured I made the right choice to leave my home state and come to MSU.



  • Develop your MSU community
  • Connect with local service organizations and make a difference
  • Work closely with Honors College faculty, staff, and classmates
  • Earn 2 credits with a connected Fall semester course

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HC IMPACT (August 19-24, 2023), the Honors College’s service week, is open to 50 incoming Honors College members and 10 incoming Academic Scholars Program members who will be introduced to a variety of focus areas related to social inequity and inequality (such as, but not limited to, poverty, health, education, and environment) and complete service with various community organizations in the Greater Lansing area. Each day will conclude with engaging reflective discussions to connect the day’s materials and participation in social activities further introducing you to the MSU and Greater Lansing communities.

The program will extend into the academic year with connection to an Honors first-year seminar course (UGS 101H) and an Honors English course (ENG 211H). The first-year seminar is a 2-credit course in the Fall semester focusing on topics covered during the summer program that provides the opportunity to continue the service experience with a community organization of your choice that addresses social inequity in the city of Lansing.

For HC members, the English class may serve as an Arts & Humanities (IAH) substitution or a Tier I Writing course, depending on what is needed. For ASP members, UGS 101H and ENG 211H are eligible to serve toward the first-year experience requirement and the 2 Honors experiences required by the end of the academic year.

While enrollment in both courses is strongly encouraged, participants will work with an ASP/HC academic advisor during New Student Orientation to determine if ENG 211H is needed based upon AP/IB/dual-enrollment credits.

hc impact 2018HC IMPACT Participant Eligibility & Timeline:

2023 HC IMPACT is open to any first-year student whose first semester in the Honors College or Academic Scholars Program is Fall 2023. Please note, any student needing to participate in New Student Orientation activities from August 21-24, 2023 cannot participate in HC IMPACT due to schedule conflicts; for students who pay their deposit to MSU by July 1, there should be no orientation conflicts with HC IMPACT.

  • March 3: Applications open (applications must be submitted via the Google Form)
  • May 7: Applications close
  • June: Applicants will be notified of their status via their MSU e-mail account

Download the 2023 HC IMPACT Participant Application Packet for a preview of this year’s application.

HC IMPACT Mentor Eligibility & Timeline: 2019 HC IMPACT group photo

Applications for the 2023 program have closed. Mentor applicants for the 2024 program must be planning to enroll for classes at MSU at least through Fall 2024.

  • December 2023: Applications open (must be submitted via Google Form)
  • January 2024: Applications close and résumés due
  • February 2024: Interviews
  • Late February/early March 2024: Mentor candidates notified of selection

Visit this page for further details.

Please direct any questions about HC IMPACT to Program Coordinator Erika Crews.

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