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

Community Networks and Outreach

ALANA Support Network

The ALANA (African-American, Latino/Hispanic, Asian, and Native American) Support Network consists of a network of administrators from Anna Maria College, Assumption College, Clark University, College of the Holy Cross, WPI, and Worcester State University that focuses on diversity and inclusion.

Network members share information and resources to support each other and their students. They provide a foundation for a stronger connection between all the ALANA students in the Worcester Consortium of Colleges and Universities so they may meet each other and develop genuine, supportive relationships with each other.

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 may 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.

Academic Development

Students experiencing academic difficulty are encouraged to work with the Office of Academic Advising to create an Academic Development Plan (ADP). The ADP is designed to help students learn strategies necessary for academic success. Components of the ADP include...

  • Performance goal contracts
  • Performance monitoring and feedback
  • Time management and study skills development
  • Increased contact with advisors and Instructors
  • Participation in regular study sessions
  • Tutorial assistance
  • Letters of support for financial aid (if appropriate)

Key to the Academic Development Plan is the individualized contract designed by the students and the Office of Academic Advising. The contract is based on the skills and strategies that will help each student achieve academic success.

Financial Aid Information

The WPI Office of Multicultural Affairs has gathered a collection of resources for students and parents to help them navigate the financial aid process.

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Student and member of OMA in Alden Hall giving a presentation