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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.

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Services

Mentoring and Learning Support

CAE’s Academic and Peer Mentoring programs holistically support students’ social and academic success at UW-Madison.

Deans Services

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.

Advising

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

Our Programs

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 of Learning Communities (TALCO) is a pre-professional pipeline program for scholars who aspire to continue their education on a pre-professional, pre-graduate school pathway. TALCO 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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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.

Click here for more information about the CAE Career Ready Internship Program.

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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Student Spotlight

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.

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