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Multicultural Engineering Programs

The mission of the Multicultural Engineering Programs (MEP) is to provide comprehensive support services to increase the enrollment, retention, and graduation of students of African-American, Native American, Hispanic, and Cape Verdean descent in the engineering field. Since 1973, the UMass MEP has graduated a number of engineers. Today's MEP students have many resources at their disposal to assist them in a successful college experience and to attain a professional career in engineering.

Activities and Resources MEP and SHPE Offers:

  • Professional development workshops
  • Support of student chapters of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  •  Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Graduate School information sessions
  • Getty Ready for Advanced Degrees (GRAD) Lab Conference GEM Consortium
  • National NSBE & SHPE Conferences
  • Summer Undergraduate Research Opportunities
  • Participation in Industry Advisory Council
  • Engineering Students Reaching Out (ESRO) outreach program for middle and high school students interested in engineering
  • Annual Diversity Programs Awards Reception takes place every spring semester. Students are recognized for their leadership and academic accomplishments. This event is sponsored by the Industrial Advisory Council.