The Center for Multicultural Academic Excellence (CMAE) is a collaborative pilot program among the Divisions of Undergraduate Studies and Student Affairs and The Office of Institutional Equity and Diversity.
Purpose: To ensure that all University of Oregon students have the opportunity for a rich education – one that is intellectually adventurous and socially rewarding.
Premise: As part of the educational experience, all students should be provided with opportunities to explore, understand, and affirm the complexities of cultural identity that shape the human experience. Cultural identities include many attributes – for example, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, religion, and physical ability. The Center will support exploration by providing cohesion, coordination and linkage among cultural programs across campus, and by fostering community for students with a special emphasis on serving students from historically underserved and/or underrepresented groups. Additionally, all students should have the opportunity to pursue an intellectual interest in depth and to engage in creative work. The Center is committed to making such an experience accessible to all interested students – regardless of their social, cultural or educational histories.
The goals of the center are to promote academic success for all University students and empower students to succeed by enhancing inclusive excellence, social support, and equity
The three focus areas of the center are:
- Academic Enrichment- This Division will promote academic engagement and the rewards of deep learning through involvement in undergraduate research and other creative work. (area director- Dr. Audrey Cramer)
- Multicultural Inclusion and Support- This Division will develop and implement educational programs, services and activities that enhance access and inclusion across the institution and social support for underrepresented groups. (area director- Chicora Martin)
- Graduation and Post-Graduation Success- This Division will develop and implement programs and services that support academic success and the transition from the University to professional careers, graduate school, and post-graduate activities. (area director- Dr. Jane Irungu)
For more information about any of these developing areas please contact the staff directly or email CMAE@uoregon.edu