African Student Association
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity
American Indian Student Culture Center
Amnesty International at the U
Asian-American Student Union
Asociación Cultural de Estudiantes Puertorriqueños
Association of Multicultural Scientists (AMS)
Beta Chi Theta National Fraternity, Inc.
Black Motivated Women
Black Student Union
Buisness Association of Multicultural Students
Career and Community Learning Center
Chinese Student Union
Circle of Giving
Ethiopian Student Association
Health Careers Center
Hmong Minnesota Student Association
In The Mix
Japan Student Association
Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity
Korean Student Organization
La Raza Cultural Center
Learning Abroad Center
Minnesota International Student Association
Minority Assoc. of Pre-medical Students
National Society of Black Engineers
One Stop Student Services
Parking and Transportation Services
Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc.
Phi Delta Theta
Sigma Lambda Beta Fraternity Inc.
Sigma Lambda Gamma Nat'l Sorority Inc.
Society of Women Engineers
Students Today Leaders Forever
Teach for America
The Diversity, Ethics & Peace Club
The Impact Movement
Vo Lam Kung Fu Club
Wallin Scholars Student Organization
Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc.
Instructions for Commuter Students
Busing to Campus
If you are commuting from West, South West, North West of the U of M West Bank Campus:
Take your respective Buses to Downtown Minneapolis. Your Connecting bus will be the #3 or #16 going Eastbound. Your stop will be Blegen Hall, which is located on Washington Ave on the West Bank (just before you cross over the Washington ave bridge). There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
If you are commuting from East, North East, South East of the U of M West Bank Campus:
Take your respective buses to Downtown St Paul. Your connecting bus will either be the #16 or #50 going westbound. Both buses will take you to campus (the #16 runs more frequently). Your stop will be Willey Hall, which is located on Washington Ave on the West Bank (just after you cross over the Washington ave bridge). There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
Busing from Campus
When leaving campus, if you are traveling westbound you will board your bus at Willey Hall. Your buses will be the #3, #16 or #50 westbound to downtown Minneapolis. You will then get on your connecting bus from there (#3 and #16 run more frequently). There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
When leaving campus traveling eastbound you will board your bus at Blegen Hall. Your bus will be the #16 or #50. You will take this bus eastbound to downtown St. Paul, and then catch your connecting bus. There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
Busing from Como Ave
If you are traveling to and from campus via Como ave, you can catch the #3. Take the #3 going westbound to get to the west bank, getting off at Willey Hall or eastbound from Blegen Hall going eastbound to depart from campus. There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
Getting Dropped off or Picked Up
Those students that will be getting dropped off or picked up from campus during the Multicultural Kickoff , your stop will be at the University of Minnesota Law School. You can drive in the circular drop off at the corner of 19th ave s and 2nd st s (across from Grand Marc apartments). There will be an ambassador or staff present with a sign to assist you.
Driving to Campus
Those students that will be driving to campus parking will not be provided. If you do drive here are some places to park:
The 19th ave Parking Ramp located on the corner of 19th ave s and 4th s. (this location is suggested)
If you park on the street, there will be an ambassador or staff member waiting at the 19th ave ramp to escort you. Like wise upon leaving someone will escort you to your parking location.
Commuting Tips and Fare Discounts
U-Passes are deeply-discounted, unlimited-ride bus passes available to University students, staff, and faculty. To get a U-Pass, you must be a currently enrolled student or a University employee, and you must have a U Card. You qualify for U-Pass if:
Ordering New this year, if you select U.S. mail as your delivery option, you can now enter a different address immediately without first changing your OneStop information. Plus, order processing is much quicker - you can pick up your pass 24 hours after you place your order.
MULTICULTURAL KICKOFF 2009
Frequently Asked Questions
• When will I find out my resident hall? Housing assignments will be sent to students in the middle of July.
• When can I move into my residence hall? For student registered to attend the Multicultural Kickoff, you will be able to move in on Tuesday September 1st, between 10:00am and 12 noon. There will be MCAE Ambassadors and Resident Hall Student Staff there to assist you. The Multicultural Kickoff begins at 1:00pm.
• How is the Multicultural Kickoff different from Welcome Week? Both programs are welcome events for all incoming students aimed at easing students' transition to the University of Minnesota. The Multicultural Kickoff is a free on-campus event that beings on September 1st and ends on Wednesday afternoon on September 2nd. The Multicultural Kickoff introduces participants to student organizations MCAE works closely with, to faculty of color teaching interesting courses, the academic and student support services provided by MCAE, and to student leadership opportunities. Welcome Week is a required event for all incoming freshman, it begins right after the Multicultural Kickoff ends and will conclude on September7th.
• Can I attend the Multicultural Kickoff and Welcome Week? Yes. There is no over lap in these two events.
• If I have my Freshman Orientation on August 31st and September 1st can I still attend the Multicultural Kickoff? Yes. When your Freshman Orientation concludes you will be able to check in at Willey Hall on the West Bank.
Tuesday September 1st @ Willey Hall room 175
10:00am Check-in begins at Willey Hall
10:00 - 12:00 Check-in to residence halls/lunch on your own
1:00 - 3:15 Ambassador Group Activity
3:30-4:30 Information Fair/Student Organizations
4:30-5:30 Opening Session- Willey Hall 175
5:30- 6:45 Dinner
6:45-9:15 Ambassador Group activity
9:15-10:00 Closing Session- Willey Hall 175
Wednesday September 2nd @ Willey Hall room 175
8:30 - 9:30 Breakfast
9:45 - 11:00 The Price is Right Willey Hall room 175
9:45 - 11:00 Lectures/Survey- Blegen Hall rooms110,120,130,150,155
11:15 - 12:30 The Price is Right- Willey Hall room 175
11:15-12:30 Lectures/Survey Blegen Hall rooms110,120,130,150,155
12:40 - 2:00 Lunch/Group Meetings Wallin- Blegen room 110, MEP-
Blegen room 10, AICH-Anderson Library, Casa Sol-Blegen
room 115, Community Outreach Opportunities-175 Wiley
2:15-3:00 Closing Session- Willey Hall 175
3:15-3:30 Group Photo
year in school: Freshmen
major: Planning on doing an individualize major called BIS with three majors combined which is Communication Studies, Life Sciences and Finance.
As incoming Freshmen be open to new things, ideas and people. Do not get caught up in all the excitement and lose focus of your education. This school is huge, I'm sure you have noticed, majority of us have found a way to make it small either joining one of the 600 groups on campus or another way. Do not keep to yourself, Freshmen year is all about discoveries and the beginning of a new journey. I hope you all enjoy your year like I did mine.
Major: Youth Studies and Theater
Minor: Afro and African Amercian Studies, Social Justice
Year: Sophmore in fall 09
Hometown: Stacy, MN
Hometown- Milwaukee, WI
Minor- Chicano Studies
Brooklyn Park/ Minneapolis
Year in School: Sophomore
Major: Anthropology, Communications, Art Minor
Do what makes you happy :) get involved your freshman year and ask questions!
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Major: Chemical Engineering
Northeast Minneapolis, MN
Major: Sociology and Leadership (minor)
Hometown: Fridely, MN
College/Major: CLA, Communication Studies Major, Business Management Minor
Additional comment:I'm very excited for the Kickoff!! I can't wait to meet all the students this year, it will be a blast.
Saint Paul, MN
Senior (fall 2009)
Retail Merchandising, Management