Living & Learning Communities

  • MCAE Kick Off
  • Group photo of approximately 80 first year students living in MCAE's living learning communities.

MCAE Living Learning Communities

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) invites incoming first-year students who are first-generation and/or students of color to live in a close-knit and dynamic community with peers committed to academic success at the University of Minnesota. In alignment with MCAE Holistic Support Model, we have four educational support priorities for the MCAE LLC residents: a sense of belonging, self-efficacy, academic support, and navigating a predominantly white institution (PWI). 

The MCAE Living Learning Community encompasses five identity-based communities and one LLC dedicated to serving first-generation college students. The MCAE LLCs include:

These communities come together to form the MCAE Living Learning Community. This experience provides an opportunity for students to engage within their respective identity-based communities, while also coming together as a collective to engage in cross-cultural leadership development opportunities, critical conversation, and intentional academic support coming directly from MCAE’s services. We acknowledge that MCAE LLC residents hold diverse identities and their lived experiences exist beyond the walls of the university, we support students as a whole as they navigate their academic lives at the University of Minnesota.

Students interested in this community should expect the following:

  • Individualized holistic academic support from MCAE Staff.
  • Academic grade checks at semester midpoint and end of the semester (Fall & Spring).
  • Wellbeing programming including MCAE group fitness classes and stress management. 
  • On-going social and community-based events.
  • Regular study nights with peer tutors on-hand to provide support.
  • MCAE LLC Alumni Engagement.
  • Intentional connections with various on-campus resources.


Students interested in participating in the MCAE Living Learning Community must meet the following requirements:

  • Must be a first-year student.
  • Must identify as a first-generation student and/or a student of color.
  • Must submit a completed application due May 2023.
  • Must move in on Friday, August 25th, 2023.
  • Must attend MCAE LLC Retreat on Saturday, August 26th, 2022.
  • Must attend MCAE Kick Off prior to the start of the academic year (August 27th to August 29th).
  • Must commit to participate in academic coaching and holistic support from MCAE Staff.
  • Must commit to attending regular community meetings and events.
  • Must live on campus for the entire duration of the academic year (Fall & Spring).
  • Must follow Housing & Residential Life community/conduct expectations as well as University’s Student Code of Conduct.
  • Must be fully present at MCAE LLC events, remain open to new ideas and experiences, and make an effort to get to know other members of the MCAE LLC community.


  1. Complete a House & Residential Life application and select the MCAE LLC(s) you are interested in joining
  2. Early Summer: Housing & Residential Life will send all names and contact information of students interested in joining MCAE's Living Learning Communities
  3. Check your email: If you expressed interest in one of MCAE's LLCs you will receive an email communication from MCAE with complete application information in mid-summer
  4. Submit your MCAE LLC application! Only students who submit a completed MCAE LLC application will be considered.
  5. Check your email! The first round of LLC application reviews begins in early summer.
Living Learning Community Interns

MCAE Living Learning Community 2nd Year Intern Team 2022-2023

Living Learning Community Advisors


Carly (she/they)



Molleysa (she/her)

Tsev Hmoob


Navietya (he/him)

The Firsts


Louisa, (she/her/hers)

American Indian Cultural House

Charlotte's Home

Terra, (she/her/hers)

Charlotte's Home


Destyn, (he/him/his)

Huntley House