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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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:
- Bridging the gap between admissions and enrollment;
- 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;
- Providing learning and professional development opportunities to support graduate students from the beginning to end of their graduate program(s).
Who We Are
Manpreet Kaur serves as the Program Coordinator for the Multicultural Graduate Network at the Graduate School Office of Diversity, Inclusion and Funding.
In her role, Manpreet seeks to support underrepresented graduate students across campus. The position strategically develops, evaluates and sustains innovative initiatives supporting the recruitment and retention of graduate students, especially those of underrepresented or marginalized backgrounds.
Manpreet brings experience as a Community Organizer in the central valley of California focused on youth leadership and empowerment, building health communities through civic engagement, resident empowerment, and youth advocacy in rural communities and disenfranchised communities of color to create lasting policy change locally and statewide.
Manpreet is obtaining her Master’s in Public Affairs at the La Follette School of Public Affairs at UW–Madison.
Interim Assistant 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.
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.
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.
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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 support group meetings. 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.
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.