MCAE Kick Off 2022: Are you ready?

MCAE Kick Off 2022: Are you ready? cohort Photo.

Group photo of approximately 400 MCAE Kick Off students at the MacNamara Alumni Center

Kick Off 2022 is all done!

Stay tunned for updated information for Kick Off 2023 Information.

MCAE Kick Off is an opportunity for you to meet hundreds of your peers who are also first-generation students, students of color, and Native and Indigenous students. Our hope is that at this year’s Kick Off you will build community, feel a sense of belonging on the University of Minnesota campus, and be empowered to recognize and use the ancestral knowledge and legacy that you bring to campus. 

MCAE Kick Off Leader Team 2022

Group photo of MCAE Kick Off Leaders


Have questions about MCAE Kick Off?

Click here to see if your question is answered on our Frequently Asked Questions document!

If you have a question not addressed at the above link, please email

Student Coordinators


Mallika Chadaga (She/Her)

Major: Music Therapy & Psychology

One piece of advice for incoming students: Keep seeking out opportunitiies to meet new people wherever and whenever you can! You never know where it could take you.

Diego Luis

Diego Luis Niquio (he/him)

Major: Architecture

One piece of advice for incoming students: When needed please ask for help, the best thing to do is reaching out and communicating with either your peers, professors, or colleagues.