https://msps.cofc.edu/spectra/ SPECTRA was created 40 years ago as a program to provide an academic and transition experience for recent African American, Latinx, Asian, and Native American (AALANA) high school graduates who have been accepted to the College of Charleston and are enrolling for the fall semester. It gives participants an exciting glimpse of academic and residential life at one of the top colleges in the South. SPECTRA students enroll in classes, earn college credit, live in a residence hall on campus, and participate in a variety of programs and activities designed specifically to assist them with transitioning from high school to the academic life of a college student. https://msps.cofc.edu/mentoring-matters.php What is the Mentoring Matters Program? The Multicultural Student Programs and Services’ Mentoring Matters program is based on a collaborative model that pairs “mentors” such as successful returning students, faculty and staff with SPECTRA freshmen. It is designed so that the mentors have the opportunity to provide curricular and co-curricular support and share their skills and experiences with the newest members of our student body. Likewise, it is an opportunity for students of different backgrounds to learn from one another through shared experiences. Contact the Office of Multicultural Student Programs and Services for more information about the Mentoring Matters Program.