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 three peer mentors who have at least one year of experience at UWL and 10 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: 

  • Respect and maintain the Mentor/Mentee partnership 
  • 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.

*These are all considered high-impact practices that help students develop transferrable skills early in their college career

Important Dates:

  • Application will go live January 2022 (for '22-'23 academic year)
  • Tentative Deadline: March 31st, 2022

            *No more applications are being taken for the '21-'22 academic year

To apply, visit MVP Mentee Application (2022-23 is not live yet)

If you have any questions, please reach out to Matt Evensen (Residence Life) or Andrew Roberts (Multicultural Student Services).

 

OMSS # 608-785-8225

Residence Life # 608-785-8075

Mentee spots and Mentor positions have been filled for the '21-'22 academic year.  If you want to explore options for the '22-'23 academic year, please reach out to Andrew Roberts, aroberts@uwlax.edu.

The application consists of:

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

MVP Mentee Application ('21-'22 filled)

  • '22-'23 application will go live January 2022

 

MVP Mentor Application ('21-'22 filled)

  • '22-'23 application will go live January 2022

Flyer advertising the MVP Mentor position, deadline is April 5th

 

 

“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?

Andrew Roberts, aroberts@uwlax.edu, 608-785-8226

Matt Evensen, mevensen@uwlax.edu, 608-785-8079

 

Office of Multicultural Student Services (608-785-8225)

Office of Residence Life (608.785.8075)

When is the application due?

It changes slightly every year, but usually at the end of March and it will be posted on the MVP webpage.

Where can I locate the application?

The application is a Qualtrics survey, it will be available January 2022 for the '22-'23 academic year

Where will I live on campus?

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

What are the program requirements?

  • Respect and maintain the Mentor/Mentee partnership
  • 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. 

*These are all considered high-impact practices that help students develop transferrable skills early in their college career

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