Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement (CORE) Program

The Community Outreach, Retention and Engagement (CORE) Program is focused on initiatives related to the recruitment and retention of underrepresented students - with a special focus on men of color - and works to develop relationships with community, campus, and national partners who might be able to assist with these efforts. 

CORE Initiatives

CORE 2025

CORE 2025, or C2025, is an early outreach, high-touch cohort pipeline program with the objective of building a larger pipeline of academically prepared, college-ready multicultural students (defined as African American, Hispanic/Latino, Hmong, Mexican American, Multiracial, Native American, Somali, Asian Pacific Islanders, as well as other under resourced populations). The goals of C2025 are to identify high-achieving multicultural students in Minnesota and to increase the number of students who graduate from the University of Minnesota annually by 2025. 

Who we're looking for...

CORE 2025 is actively seeking eight graders from multicultural, first-generation, and under-resourced backgrounds in Minneapolis/St. Paul Public schools who enjoy learning, show a high level of motivation, and who are seeking support on their path to college.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for CORE 2025


Huntley House

Huntley House for African American Men is a living-learning community that opened in August 2012. Huntley House is open to all male students from any college within the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, and is designed to build community by exploring the shared experience of African American males in and out of the classroom. Students will have the opportunity to explore issues of ethnicity, identity, and leadership, while receiving vital academic support and actively participating in and contributing to campus student life. 


Shakeer Abdullah 
Phone: 612-624-5124