The Firsts, an MCAE LLC
A community for first-generation students and students of color
The Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) invites incoming first-year students who are first-generation, Native American and/or students of color to live in a close knit and dynamic community with peers committed to academic success at the University of Minnesota.
In alignment with the MCAE Holistic Support Model, we have four educational support priorities for the MCAE LLC residents: sense of belonging, self-efficacy, academic support, and navigating a predominantly white institution (PWI).
Choose Your Experience
Five identity-based communities and one community dedicated to serving first-generation college students come together to form the MCAE Living Learning Community:
- American Indian Cultural House for American Indian and Indigenous Students (AICH)
- CASA SOL for Latinx Students
- Charlotte’s Home for Black Women
- Huntley House for Black and African American Men
- Tsev Hmoob for Hmong Students
- The Firsts for First-Generation Students
This community is open to first-year residents.
This experience provides an opportunity for students to engage within their respective identity-based communities, while also coming together as a collective to engage in cross-cultural leadership development opportunities, critical conversation, and intentional academic support coming directly from MCAE’s services.
We acknowledge that MCAE LLC residents hold diverse identities and their lived experiences exist beyond the walls of the university. We support students as a whole as they navigate their academic lives at the University of Minnesota.
Dr. Fernando Rodriguez
Director of the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence