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Dear student,

MCAE WordmarkHave you thought about being a Multicultural Kickoff (MKO) Ambassador or a Welcome Week Leader? (WWL) Well we were hoping you would consider doing both! These complementing opportunities are a great opportunity to develop your leadership skills, make new friends, and make a difference in the lives of others.

Previous MKO Ambassadors and WWLs have said...

MCAE students"[MKO Ambassador and WWL] complemented each other because you felt extremely prepared on how to address all issues that could arise and gained confidence in working with students who were pretty much the same age as yourself… I would recommend doing both because it is really rewarding to see how people come from all walks of life."

"Being both an MKO Ambassador and WWL allowed me to connect two different demographics that attend the U of M - specifically, the multicultural community and entire first year population. It was interesting helping a smaller niche get acclimated within the larger group."

The FACTS about being a MKO Ambassador or WWL*

  MKO Ambassador WWL
Time Commitments
  • Summer training (Dates TBD)
  • Training sessions: August 22 & 23
  • Multicultural Kickoff: August 26-27
  • Reunion, Fall 2013
  • Orientation Session:
    February 16 or 19
  • Spring Training 1: March 9 or 12
  • Spring Training 2: April 20 or 23
  • Prep Week: August 23-27
  • Welcome Week:
    August 28 – September 2
  • Lead large and small group activities including ice breakers and team building exercises
  • Facilitate small group discussion relating to campus resources and campus life
  • Promote the wide variety of student support service and resources available through MCAE
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Lead a small group of first-year students through Welcome Week
  • Create a welcoming and inclusive environment
  • Assist with the logistics of Welcome Week events
  • Serve as a role model and participate in fun Welcome Week events
  • Other duties as assigned
  • Full time student
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Prior leadership experience
  • Knowledge of resources on campus, as well as, services and programs of MCAE and of multicultural student organizations on campus
  • An understanding of the range of issues students of color may face coming to the U of M
  • Full time student
  • 2.3 Cumulative GPA
  • In good standing with Office of Student Conduct & Academic Integrity and Housing & Residential Life
  • Ability to work well with others, communicate effectively, demonstrate mature judgment, commit to a rigorous schedule
  • Cannot be graduating in or before December 2013, or departing to study abroad between August 15 and
    September 3
  • $100.00 stipend
  • MCAE T-shirt
  • Free meals during training and required MKO dates
  • Free meals from local restaurants (in Dinkytown, Stadium Village, etc.) and UDS during Prep Week and Welcome Week
  • T-Shirts for every day of Welcome Week

*Although it appears that there are overlapping times between MKO Ambassador training and WWL and prep week, accommodations can be made so that students can participate in both opportunities!

2012 welcome week leadersTo apply for the opportunity to become an MKO Ambassador, visit z.umn.edu/apply2013mko. Priority deadline Feb. 1, final deadline Feb. 15. If you have questions about the position, direct them to Evonne Bilotta-Burke at bilot003@umn.edu.

To find out more information about being a WWL and apply, visit www.ofyp.umn.edu/wwl. Applications are due on February 13. Questions? Feel free to call Orientation & First-Year Programs, 612-624-1979 or email us at wwl@umn.edu.

Orientation & First-Year Programs
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities


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