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Mission Statement

As a division of Engineering Student Services, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is a retention program designed to provide equitable opportunities to students who have been historically underserved in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. MEP leverages a strong support network to build a community and provide the necessary bridges for students' academic success.

MEP Student Population (Who do we serve in CENG?)

MEP automatically adds the following student groups to our program every academic year upon admission to Cal Poly: 

  • First generation students
  • CENG students in the following campus programs:
  • Groups that are historically underserved in the College of Engineering at Cal Poly. These include students who identify as:
    • Black/African American 
    • Hispanic/LatinX 
    • Asian/Pacific Islander 
    • Native American 
  • Transfer students who participate in ENGAGE

MEP also advises the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

FAQ #1: How do I know if I'm part of MEP?
Answer: The MEP Team emails MEP students prior to fall quarter to welcome them to MEP. Additionally, MEP students receive our Bi-Quarterly Newsletters, as well as other MEP emails throughout the quarter.
FAQ #2: What if I'm not a part of the groups above but would like to be a part of MEP?
Answer: Students are always welcome to join our mailing list. However, some services and scholarships are only for MEP students. 
FAQ #3: Do I need to attend MEP meetings to stay in the program?
Answer: No, MEP does not host required meetings. All of our services are optional.
FAQ #4: I'm a transfer student who is not in MEP. Where can I get transfer-specific support? 

Answer: Engineering Student Services is passionate about helping transfer students! Their transfer page has helpful information for CENG transfers.


Additionally, the Cal Poly Transfer Center opened in January 2020 and is committed to serving the particular needs of transfer students at Cal Poly. They offer many services including a weekly newsletter, transfer events, drop-ins, and more.


MEP students holding Cal Poly branded water bottles 

Meet the MEP Team

Meghan Schuler-Jones

Meghan Schuler-Jones

MEP Coordinator

CliftonStrengths: Woo. Communication. Adaptability. Positivity. Empathy

Favorite activity to do in SLO: Enjoy the perfect evening in downtown SLO - dinner, movie at The Palm, and ice cream. 

Best part about working with MEP students: Where do I start?! The absolute best part about working with MEP students is having the privilege of being a cheerleader/supporter/coach/partner through the highs and lows of their respective academic journeys, and then watching them graduate with their engineering degrees. It's the absolute best. :)

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers

Candy Janiam

Candy Janiam

MEP Advisor

CliftonStrengths: Woo. Empathy. Connectedness. Responsibility. Maximizer

Favorite activity to do in SLO: Going to Avila beach with my dogs and getting some ice cream at NITE Creamery!

Best part about working with MEP students: I love being a part of such a special community and building a support network for my students. The best aspect of my job is seeing students grow and helping them reach their academic and professional goals. There's nothing better than seeing MEP students from the beginning of their academic career until graduation and hearing about all the amazing things alumni are doing and the positive impact they have on the world after Cal Poly!

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers

Katie McGuire

Katie McGuire

Retention Specialist

CliftonStrengths: Includer. Arranger. Achiever. Positivity. Empathy

Favorite activity to do in SLO: Hiking and eating great food at our local restaurants

Best part about working with MEP students: Our students is why we love our jobs so much! I love having the opportunity to hear how life is going and support them through the ups and downs that come with the twists and turns of college. MEP students especially have diverse and varied experiences that make the earning of an engineering degree so much more significant. It is awesome to be a part of that journey with our students.

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers

Visit Us

Visit ESS's front office:

Summer 2022: In Person, Tuesdays & Thursdays and Virtual, Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays

  • 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Monday - Thursday)
  • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. (Friday)

Use our 24-hour MEP Study Room and Computer Lab. (Closed for Summer 2022)

1 Grand Ave. Bldg 40
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

Select the button below to schedule an appointment with an advisor from the MEP Team.


 Building 40 map


Interested in learning more about MEP? Join the MEP mailing list. 

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