The College of Science and Engineering strives to support and increase the number of students from underrepresented minorities through diversity programs, outreach efforts to inspire future students, recruitment of multicultural faculty, and scholarships.

North Star STEM Alliance

The North Star STEM Alliance is a partnership of Minnesota colleges, universities, and community organizations with the goal of increasing the number of underrepresented minority students receiving science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) bachelor’s degrees in Minnesota.

Opportunities for students in the program include:

  • Funding for undergraduate research
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Travel to national conferences and professional society meetings
  • Community activities with the Science Museum of Minnesota and the Minnesota High Tech Association
  • Mentorships
  • Internships
  • Networking events

The North Star STEM Alliance is part of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation, an initiative funded by the National Science Foundation and partner institutions.

Learn more about the North Star STEM Alliance.

Living Learning Communities

The following University of Minnesota Living Learning Communities are open to students from underrepresented groups:

  • American Indian Cultural House
  • Huntley House for African American Males
  • STEM Diversity House

Find more information about Living Learning Communities.

Student groups

The College of Science and Engineering has various student groups that feature multiculturalism:

Learn more about CSE student groups.

Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) promotes an inclusive atmosphere to foster and enrich multicultural understanding among all members of the University of Minnesota community.

The center offers a variety of programs and resources for students:

  • MCAE Instructional Center with tutoring, facilitated study groups, study spaces, a computer lab, and academic success workshops
  • Student Excellence in Academics and Multiculturalism (SEAM) program for first-year students to explore multicultural perspectives and topics across disciplines
  • Annual events including a scholarship and internship information fair and graduation celebration
  • Events and workshops tied to cultural celebrations

Learn more about the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence.