The Multicultural Validation Program (MVP) is a collaborative effort with the Office of Residence Life and Multicultural Student Services to increase retention and persistence of multicultural students on campus and living in the residence halls by connecting students with peer mentors, professional staff advisors, and on-campus opportunities. The program currently consists of 4 peer mentors who have at least one year of experience at UWL and 9 incoming first-year students. The incoming first-year students reside in Laux Hall and have regular meetings with their peer mentors and professional advisors.

All individuals participating in MVP (mentors and mentees) are required to: 

  • Monthly connections with their mentor or mentee 
  • Attend monthly MVP social/development events 
  • Be involved in at least one multicultural student organization
  • Participate in at least one opportunity in their residence hall on campus. 

Important Dates:

  • Review applications: April 1st
  • Notify students: Week of April 13th

To apply, visit MVP Mentee Application.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Evensen or Shane Springer in Residence Life or call 608.785.8225.

Applications are available February 1st and will be reviewed starting April 1st. The application consists of:

  1. Demographic Information
  2. A short essay
  3. A short agreement

To apply, visit MVP Mentee Application.

Applicants will be notified on April 10th.

Apply to be a MVP Mentor by March 19th!

“I couldn’t understand why being around people that looked like you was important to some people. I had never experienced what it was like to actually be around a group of other people of color and to feel that kind of comfort. It feels kind of weird that this school of 90% white people would be the one to provide me with this kind of experience, but it has been really good.”  - First-year student  

“Without the MVP program I would have felt lost, especially in the beginning. This program is how I made my first connections.” - Second-year scholar  

“In my meetings with my advisors and mentor has indeed made me feel as though I’ve got a good system of dealing with anything that might happen to me in the future, and that’s a very good feeling and I’m glad I have these resources to help me along.” - First-year scholar   

“I am excited to be a mentor this year. I am excited to be able to help incoming freshmen get used to campus and college life. I also think I will have fun and be able to gain good experience mentoring people that will help me later on in life. I’m excited to see how this year develops and how I will grow as a person and a mentor.” - Second-year scholar 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

Office of Multicultural Student Services (608.785.8225) or the Office of Residence Life (608.785.8075)

When is the application due?

It is recommended you have your application completed by April 1st, when applications will begin to be reviewed.

Where can I locate the application?

The application is a Qualtrics survey, it will be available February 1st.

Where will I live on campus?

Laux Hall (622 East Avenue N, La Crosse, WI 54601)

What are the program requirements?

  • Monthly connections with their mentor or mentee 
  • Attend monthly MVP social/development events 
  • Be involved in at least one multicultural student organization
  • Participate in at least one opportunity in their residence hall on campus. 

 

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