With a mission to provide resources and support for all students regardless of race, class or gender, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) was established in the early 1980s to advance the role of underrepresented populations, including minority ethnic groups, first-generation students and women, in the engineering fields. The program has successfully increased multi-ethnic enrollment in the College of Engineering and raised the retention rates of MEP participants over the retention rate of the general engineering student body.
MEP hosts a number of innovative programs, including the AT&T Summer Bridge program to prepare incoming freshman for the rigor of the engineering math sequence, and provides more than $150,000 annually in need-based and merit-based scholarships. Yet, the real success of MEP is found in the untold stories of those lives it has changed. From former and current participants to the program administrators who witness firsthand the positive impact MEP has on so many students, each person telling the story of MEP demonstrates the incredible investment this program has been and continues to be.
The legacy of MEP has far-reaching implications. Not only does it introduce engineering to underrepresented student populations and provide resources needed to be successful for each program participant, but it also is creating dialogue for the entire OU student population. MEP participants are taking a lead role in promoting diversity and community for students across campus.
Multicultural Engineering Program
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