The Office of Multicultural Affairs supports WPI students through networks and groups, financial aid information, outreach programs, and more.

Community Networks

ALANA Support Network
The ALANA (African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Support Network consists of a network of administrators from colleges and universities within the Worcester area. While we come from different areas of college administration, we all make a concerted effort to support the retention of ALANA students.

The ALANA Support Network’s committee is made up of higher education administrators from Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, WPI, and Worcester State University that focus on diversity and inclusion.

The Network has proven to be an excellent means for its members to support each other through the sharing of information and resources. One of the goals of the Network is to develop a stronger connection between all the ALANA students in the Worcester Consortium of Colleges and Universities. Our hope is to expand support and resources for our ALANA students, provide opportunities for them to meet, and for them to develop genuine, supportive relationships with each other.

Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
The overall mission of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is to contribute to the national agenda by increasing the number of underrepresented minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

The Alliance is comprised of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Connecticut, Northeastern University, The University of Rhode Island, and WPI.

Financial Aid Information

The WPI Office of Multicultural Affairs recognizes that with the ever-increasing cost of higher education, many are in need of financial assistance. Therefore, we’ve gathered a collection of resources for students and parents to help them navigate the financial aid process.

Our Programs

The mission of the Connections pre-orientation program is to increase access to educational opportunities at WPI for first-generation college students and underrepresented students of African, Latino, and American Indian descent. Connections empowers students by helping them make a smooth transition from high school to college, increasing their potential for college success. Eligible students will receive an invitation to participate in Connections in mid-June of each year.

Middle & High School Outreach
WPI offers an outstanding selection of K-12 outreach programs, some of which are listed here. Middle school students and their parents can participate in hands-on science and engineering activities during STEM Saturdays; girls interested in engineering or the sciences are encouraged to sign up for Camp Reach or Tech Girls; the EPICS Program is perfect for high school students who are interested in math and science.

RAD for Women
The Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) system is a comprehensive course for women that begins with awareness, prevention, risk reduction, and avoidance, and also covers realistic self-defense tactics and techniques.

Society of Women Engineers
The Society of Women Engineers (SWE) is a nonprofit educational, professional, and service organization that empowers women to succeed and advance in the field of engineering, and be recognized for their life-changing contributions as engineers and leaders.

As well as holding general meetings, SWE officers and members participate in a wide variety of programs and outreach activities such as professional development workshops, social events, and more.