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At MSU, every undergraduate student is a part of a Neighborhood where they have access to resources to succeed academically, gain global perspectives, make connections, learn by doing, and live a healthy life. The Engagement Centers are unique spaces located in each neighborhood and serve as the main access points to important resources such as neighborhood advisors, tutors, help rooms, health practitioners, and other resources that can help you navigate through your college career. Services available in the neighborhoods include: academic advising; assistance with math coursework, writing papers, and other academic subjects; recreation and fitness programs; health clinic; intercultural dialogues; and exploring majors and careers. When students have a question, need support or want to connect with other Spartans, they can visit any of our 5 Engagement Centers.

While students are encouraged to visit the Engagement Center in their Neighborhood, students can visit an Engagement Center in any of the locations listed below.


Director: (TBD); Buildings: Armstrong • Bailey • Bryan • Butterfield • Emmons • Rather More Info


Director: (TBD); Buildings: Akers • Holmes • Hubbard More Info


Director: (TBD); Buildings Mason/Abbot • Snyder/Phillips Halls • Campbell • Gilchrist • Landon • Mayo • Williams • Yakeley More Info

River Trail

Director: Jodi Roberto-Hancock; Buildings: McDonel • Shaw • Owen Graduate Hall • Van Hoosen Apartments More Info


Director: D’Wayne Jenkins; Buildings: Case • Wonders • Holden • Wilson More Info

Who is each neighborhood staffed by?

Neighborhood Director

The Neighborhood Director (ND) reports to the Assistant Dean for Student Success Initiatives and Director of the Neighborhoods Student Success Collaborative. The ND is a seasoned leader who is passionate about student success delivery, has a strong background in management of professional staff, and a proven commitment to social justice oriented leadership. They Ensure delivery of student success services and programs for their neighborhood and they lead campus-wide initiatives for student success.

Academic Advisor

The  NSSC Academic Advisor provides one-on-one academic advisement for primarily first and second year students at MSU. Additionally, advisors provide success coaching intake and serve as the exploration experts on campus. Each neighborhood has at least two Advisors available to see students. 

Engagement Center Assistant

The Neighborhood Student Success Collaborative (NSSC) Engagement Center Assistant (ECA) provides office management in their Engagement Center. They provide supervision, recruitment, hiring and mentoring of Peer Assistants. The ECA serves as the assistant to the Neighborhood Director of an assigned center. They also manage center resources, schedule events, plan meetings and provide student success support for NSSC programs and services.

Peer Assistant

The Peer Assistant (PA) is a staff member of the Neighborhood Engagement Centers. The staff member serves as an integral part of student success relating to the academic, residential, health and wellness, & intercultural support network for students in each neighborhood.

Each building staffs several other positions that makes us one big collective unit, which allows us to excel in helping student succeed through college. See the Staff Directory Page for a full list of our team.