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HC IMPACT Week of Service 2024


HC IMPACT 2023 growth graphic. 2023 program featured 8 community partners, 6 faculty community education, 1100 hours of service during the week, students from 12 states and 6 countries, and 1000 community engaged learning hours estimated for Fall 2023. Image included of 2022 IMPACT students and staff standing in front of a mural at the Allen Neighborhood Center. Event sponsors: Kim & Judith Swanson, Student Life & Engagement, the Center for Community Engaged Learning, and the MSU Federal Credit Union.

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.


HC IMPACT logo; text reads HC IMPACT Honors College Week of Service. In the logo, HC is bold and ACT from 'HC IMPACT' is bold and within a green circle for emphasis on taking action.

  • 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

2017 HC IMPACT participants; students wearing green program T-shirts smiling at the camera on a playground toy structure

HC IMPACT (August 17-21, 2024), 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 201H) 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 201H 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.

2018 IMPACT participants and staff smiling at the camera wearing program T-shirts in front of boxes of produce at the Allen Neighborhood CenterHC IMPACT Participant Eligibility & Timeline:

2024 HC IMPACT is open to any first-year student whose first semester in the Honors College or Academic Scholars Program is Fall 2024. Please note, any student needing to participate in New Student Orientation activities from August 19-22, 2024 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 1: Applications open (applications must be submitted via the Google Form)
  • May 19 (Deadline extended!): 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 last year’s application.

HC IMPACT Mentor Eligibility & Timeline:

Applications for the 2024 program have closed. Mentor applicants for the 2025 program must be planning to enroll for classes at MSU at least through Fall 2025.

  • December 2024: Applications open (must be submitted via Google Form)
  • January 2025: Applications close and résumés due
  • February 2025: Interviews
  • Late February/early March 2025: Mentor candidates notified of selection

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

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