Please welcome your 2012 MKO Lead Coordinators:

Sara Gapp - Allan Kerandi - Christina Lee
Along with these three amazing leads we have our MKO Leaders who have been placed in the teams below.

Congrats to all of you.
I can't wait for you to shine!

John B. and Ifeyinwa (Ify) O.
Carl C. and Kanesha B.
Anthony (Tony) J. and Amber J. and Stephanie M.
Derek K. and Amina B.
Caprecia M. and Choua L.
Derran B. and Gabrielle D.
Brenda B. and Simon N.
Samantha (Sam) C. and Phillip (Phil) B.
Mary T. and Rajat (Raj) G.
Xue X. and Matewos G.
Alyssa C. and Joseph B.
ChengMee V. and Sanjana B.
Adrian T. and Sukanya M.
Carlos R. and Manee T.
Ian N. and Elizabeth G.
Yeeleng V. and Prakhya B.
Amir E. and Kathleen J.
Peter H. and Stephanie N.
Kadir H. and Mehek M.
Cynthia H. and Laura S.
Maria S. and Doua Y.
Cassandra (Casey) M. and Tan (Tanner) T.
Monica L. and Dalen M.
Donna S. and Emeka O.
Stacy M. and Devyn C.
Martavius S. and Taylor V.
Janelle W. and Deeqa H.
Amina J. and Elizabeth (Beth) K.
Tiffany N. and Yakira M.



Tuesday Aug 28th 2012

10:00am - 11:00am MKO Check-in
Willey Hall West Bank UMN

11:00am - 11:55pm MCAE Welcomes U to the U!
Willey 175

12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch/Group Time/Diversity Resources Tour - SCVNGR
Appleby Hall

1:30pm - 2:30pm Speed Faculty Lecture Sessions

2:45pm 3:55pm Group time w/ MKO Leaders

4:00pm- 4:45pm "Let's Talk Money"
Willey 175

5:05pm- 6:00pm Entertainment Showcase
Coffman Theater

6:00pm - 8:00pm
Welcome Week Check-in
CMU Second Floor Open House
Alternative Move-in time
Photo booth


10:00pm -12:00am
Housing and Residential Life - "10:00 Programs"
All Residence Halls

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

8:00am - 8:30am Breakfast with MCAE/Check-in with MKO Leader
Willey Concourse

8:30am - 9:15am Energizer/Welcome Session and M-ASAP Session
Willey 175

9:25am - 10:05am ROTATION #1
Group Activity w/ MKO Leaders- Information Fair
Blegen Homerooms
Willey Hall Concourse

10:15am - 10:55am ROTATION #2
Group Activity w/ MKO Leaders - Information Fair
Blegen Homerooms
Willey Hall Concourse

11:05am - 11:50am Lunch w/ Scholarship Groups or MKO Leaders

12:10pm- 12:50pm ROTATION #3
Survey - Community Outreach Session
Computer Labs

1:10pm- 1:50pm ROTATION #4
Survey - Community Outreach Session
Computer Labs

2:10pm - 3:00pm Group Activity with your MKO Leaders/ Snack served

3:10pm- 3:55pm Closing Session
Willey 175

4:10pm - 4:20pm Group Photo
Northrop Auditorium Staircase

4:30pm Welcome Week Begins



This event is specifically tailored to domestic incoming undergraduate first-year students. There are additional programming opportunities for transfer students through MCAE which will be emailed out in August. Additionally, there are opportunities for international students through the International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) office. Please visit for more information.

*The information below was also emailed to registered MKO attendees


My name is Jasmine and I am one of the coordinators of the 2012 Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence (MCAE) Multicultural Kick Off (MKO). I would like to personally thank you for registering. This is a very special event that our office has hosted for many years. Each year, we look forward to welcoming first-year students like you to the U of M. The connections that you will make with faculty, staff, and current students during MKO will prove to be invaluable to you as you begin your academic journey here.

Please check your email regularly for updates from us. We will be sending out important detailed information in August. However, at this point, just so you have an idea of what will be going on, here are the basics.

You will be assigned to a small group of incoming students along with two current student leaders. Click to see your future MKO Leaders!

Schedule Outline:

Monday, August 27:
6:00pm-8:00pm - Move-in for all registered MKO attendees who will be living in on-campus housing

Tuesday, August 28:
10:00am - 8:00pm: Programming provided including resource sessions, entertainment, and scavenger hunt with a twist

* Light breakfast, lunch, and dinner provided

Wednesday, August 29:
8:00am - 4:30pm: Programming provided including an information fair with multicultural student organizations, program sessions, and much more!

*Light breakfast and lunch provided

After MKO concludes on Wednesday, August 29, commuter students will head straight into Welcome Week activities and those living on campus will join those activities a bit later in the evening.

Links to check out:
Click here for general information about MKO:

If you have friends who are incoming multicultural students, please encourage them to register:

Again, further details will be emailed and posted on the MKO blog. If you have any questions right now, please email
See you in August!
Jasmine Omorogbe
Coordinator of Events and Campus-Community Partnerships
University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence

Meet your 2012 Multicultural Kickoff Leaders!!!


Hey hey! We have 63 current student leaders who are super excited to meet you. Get to know them by visiting this page:

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