MCAE Kick Off 2021: Reconnection, Compassion, Legacy

MCAE Kick Off Team

MCAE Kick Off Leader Application

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We are looking for MCAE Kick Off Leaders for 2021, and our application is open! 

A Kick Off Leader Information Session will be held virtually on April 13th, 2021 at 3 PM. Join us at

Apply at:


NOTE: Kick Off Application for incoming students will be avialble in early summer. Check back!

MCAE Kick Off 2021: Reconnection, Compassion, Legacy

MCAE Kick Off Lead Shawn leading Fruit Yoga

The Office for Equity and Diversity and Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence invites you to join us for Kick Off 2021!

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) Kick Off provides a transitional experience that contributes to multicultural, American Indian and first-generation students’ potential for personal, social, and academic success at the University of Minnesota. MCAE executes the planning, implementation, and assessment of Kick Off, which is an essential event to welcome newly matriculated students. The Kick Off is an educational process designed to promote students' intellectual and personal development, develop their sense of belonging, and reflect on their academic journey and possible paths towards graduation. MCAE Kick Off offers a unique opportunity to:

  • RECONNECT first-generation students, students of color, and Native and Indigenous students to one another in the midst of the COVID crisis.
  • Build COMPASSION to emphasize a community of care, wellbeing, and support amongst the MCAE community.
  • Empower students to the power of the ancestral knowledge and LEGACY they bring with them to campus