Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN)

The Multicultural Graduate Network is your resource for social networking, learning, and professional development. Housed within the Graduate School at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, we focus on the needs of graduate students of color, and also serve as an inclusive network for ALL graduate students!

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About MGN

The Multicultural Graduate Network (MGN), located in the Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion, and Funding brings together graduate students from across UW–Madison to foster community and relationships. We seek to address the needs of students of color through professional development opportunities, social networking, and continued dialogue.


The Multicultural Graduate Network started out as Partners For Success, a mentorship program which supported graduate students at the beginning of their programs. From there, it evolved into what is today the Multicultural Graduate Network, a space for students of color to come together through learning and community.


The Multicultural Graduate Network has three primary goals for increasing and supporting graduate students of color:

  1. Bridging the gap between admissions and enrollment;
  2. Creating multicultural spaces through which graduate students can build communities across campus, as well as spaces for graduate students to connect with others from their own and similar cultural backgrounds;
  3. Providing learning and professional development opportunities to support graduate students from the beginning to end of their graduate program(s).

Who We Are

Tania Mancilla

Tania MancillaMGN Coordinator

Tania is currently completing a master’s degree in Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis. Previously, she worked as an admissions advisor at Salt Lake Community College where she guided first-generation and Latino students and their families through navigating financial aid, scholarships, and first-year life. She earned her bachelor of social work at the University of Utah, where she worked in the Women’s Resource Center as a peer educator and mentored groups of at-risk middle school girls through facilitating conversations about identity, self-esteem, and college access & success. Tania has engaged in various roles as an advocate for survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. She is passionate about mental health care in communities of color, the impact of generational trauma, and educational access.

Her doors are always open to connect students with resources, brainstorm solutions to problems students are facing, and to give endless recommendations for food and fun in Madison!

Office hours: M, W, Th: 9 am-3 pm

LaRuth McAfee

LaRuth McAfeeAssistant Dean, Diversity, Inclusion and Funding

The Assistant Dean of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding plays a central role in creating an inclusive and multicultural educational landscape at UW–Madison. This includes oversight of activities such as Graduate School-based fellowships and awards, the Summer Research Opportunities Program, and the Multicultural Graduate Network. A chemical engineer by training, McAfee did her postdoctoral research in engineering education and has focused on education and diversity in university settings her entire professional career.

Helpful Resources

DACA/Undocumented Student Support

As a student population in the U.S., there are unique challenges for dreamers who may be DACA-mented, undocumented. Chancellor Blank has publicized a statement on executive order on immigration and has signed a statement in support of DACA and undocumented immigrant students. The MGN and the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) is a place where students may seek support, resources, and community building opportunities.

The Undocumented Student Task Force, which is led by the MSC, has compiled a resource page for students who are undocumented.

MGN Coordinator Office Hours

The MGN Coordinator is available during office hours to meet with students looking to get connected to resources and become more involved with multicultural grad student orgs or needing help reporting a hate or bias incident.

Office hours: M, W, Th: 9:00 am-3:00 pm

Reporting Incidents of Bias or Hate

The University of Wisconsin–Madison values a diverse community where all members are able to participate fully in the Wisconsin Experience. Incidents of bias or hate affecting a person or group create a hostile climate and negatively impact the quality of the Wisconsin Experience for community members. UW–Madison takes such incidents seriously and will investigate and respond to reported or observed incidents of bias.

If an emergency has occurred please call 911.

Bias or Hate Reporting >>

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MGN Events

MGN Mixer Series

The UW–Madison Multicultural Graduate Network, with support from Deputy Vice Chancellor and Chief Diversity Officer Patrick Sims, hosts a series of demographic-based mixers to support our graduate students of color. We hold these events with the dual mission of facilitating community building among affinity groups, but also to introduce graduate students to faculty and administrators of color who can share their experiences in navigating, surviving, and thriving in life after graduate school. Beginning this summer, mixers will be preceded by a panel of faculty and staff.

Multicultural Grad Student Support Group

A licensed mental health therapist from University Health Services who is a person of color facilitates bi-weekly support group meetings. Weekly topics are selected by group members. This is a gently-facilitated, non-therapeutic support group. All grad students are welcome, especially those seeking community and space to process their experiences as minoritized students on the UW campus.

MGN Welcome Celebration

The Multicultural Graduate Network, through the Graduate School at UW–Madison, kicks off the start of a new school year with a large celebration to invigorate the vibrant community of graduate students on campus.

Graduate Peer Mentor Awards

The Graduate Student Peer Mentor Awards recognize graduate students who exhibit stellar mentorship qualities.

2018 Peer Mentor Award Winners Liza Chang, Folagbayi Arowolo, and Amelia Cuarenta

End of the Year Celebration

The Multicultural Graduate Network’s End of the Year Celebration is an opportunity to honor graduate students who have completed their degree programs and to celebrate the end of another year at UW–Madison! Students gather in a campus space to socialize and congratulate those who have who achieved notable accomplishments.