Multicultural Civic Engagement Program (MCEP)

What is the Multicultural Civic Engagement Program? 

The Civic Engagement Program is a retention initiative to promote and encourage community involvement and academic excellence for multicultural students. The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) has selected and coordinated culturally specific volunteer sites for student’s participation. The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence provides a scholarship for program participants after they have taken part in a civic engagement project that MCAE has designated.

Who is eligible?

Any undergraduate student (Freshman - Senior) who meets the following criteria:

  • Register and maintain full time student status
  • Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)
  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher each semester
  • Register with MCAE
  • Must have unmet financial need

If selected, what are student responsibilities?

  • Complete all classes as a full time student each semester
  • Maintain a 2.50 GPA or higher
  • Make at least THREE academic appointments with MCAE site supervisor
  • Complete a minimum of 50 hour community service project each semester
  • Complete tests and surveys designed to assess academic retention
  • Complete 3 MCAE and/or OED trainings and, if applicable, a site specific training

What are the benefits?

  • Build leadership skills
  • Receive a scholarship to apply toward their unmet financial need
  • Connect and give to their community and will be more civically minded
  • Students are encouraged to make greater use of support services
  • Free tutorial services
  • Have fun and meet new people
  • Gain marketable skills that will aid in employment and entrance into graduate and professional schools
  • Receive free tickets to cultural events

How do I apply?

Fill out the MCEP Interest form here

For further information, contact Cydney Gaines at cagaines@umn.edu

Is there a list of places I can volunteer?

Community Partners

American Indian MCEP Sites