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CAE provides an enriching, inclusive community and academic support for L&S students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education, including first-generation and low-income students, and students of color. CAE offers a variety of engagement opportunities, including high-touch advising, tutoring programs, health and wellness events, social events, graduate school preparation, and connections with high impact life changing opportunities.
CAE’s Academic and Peer Mentoring programs holistically support students’ social and academic success at UW-Madison.
CAE works in collaboration with L&S Deans’ Services unit to provide satellite academic deans’ services to support the academic success of L&S students.
CAE advising staff provide high-touch advising services for CAE Scholars, supporting students in the co-creation of their Wisconsin Experience.
CAE has been my backbone at this university whenever I needed guidance or a shoulder to lean on... CAE has truly been my family on campus.CAE Scholar Psychology/Pre-Med
CAE offers connections to leadership and high impact learning experiences on campus, which are integrated into students’ customized Wisconsin Experience.
The Summer Collegiate Experience (SCE) is a high impact first-year experience for students entering the university. SCE is a six week residential summer program with curriculum designed to advance students’ skills in writing, critical thinking, mathematics, and cultural awareness. Through SCE, CAE Scholars have the opportunity to get a head start on their Wisconsin Experience, earning in six college credits towards their degree in the summer prior to their first year at UW-Madison.
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The Academy is a pre-professional pipeline program for scholars who aspire to continue their education on a pre-professional, pre-graduate school pathway. The Academy is a learning community which connects likeminded undergraduate scholars with an interest in medicine, nursing, dentistry, law, and graduate careers and provides a hub for students to connect with advising, tutoring, mentoring, and career-planning resources.
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SySTEM will provide students with an extensive science-based support network and access to unique opportunities that will develop, advance and enrich their learning experience and prepare them for future science careers. SySTEM will also serve as a resource to academic departments pursuing initiatives to increase the number of underrepresented students declaring their major, and earning degrees in their respective disciplines.
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The CAE Career Ready Internship Program matches current L&S juniors and seniors with for-profit and non-profit employers based on employers’ talent needs and students’ career interests. The goal of the CAE Career Ready Internship Program is to diversify the workforce through the development of talented low-income students, with an emphasis on students of color, preparing them to be business and community leaders.
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The Lawton Undergraduate Minority Retention Grant is an incentive-based retention grant for L&S students, offered through collaboration between CAE and the Office of Student Financial Aid. This need-based grant is awarded to Wisconsin resident students from four targeted student populations (African-American, Hispanic, Native American (or American Indian), and Southeast Asian of Vietnamese, Cambodian or Laotian descent.
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Kevin Bannerman Hutchful
What advice do you have for students who want to increase their cultural competency?
Try to learn about different people and enculturate yourself. Since moving here from Ghana, I have tried to expose myself to people of different cultures and backgrounds. I joined different student orgs and was open to learning about other people from different walks of life. You will learn about other dimensions of life and open your eyes to a much broader world.