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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 undergraduate 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
  • Groups that are historically underserved in the field of Engineering or Computer Science. This includes students who upon admission to Cal Poly, categorized themselves as:
    • Black/African American 
    • Hispanic/Latinx 
    • Native American/American Indian
    • Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders 
  • 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: 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 #3: 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

Katie Jennings

Katie Jennings

Engineering student services assistant director & mep coordinator

Identities that inform my work: First-generation, financially self-supported student.

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

Jeremiah Finley

Jeremiah Finley

MEP advisor

Favorite activity to do in SLO: I love driving down to the beach and watching waves crash, I love shopping and visiting the farmers market in downtown SLO. 

What I am looking forward to: I am excited for the chance to connect with students that are passionate about their educational journey! I have a deep love for helping other thrive and I am looking forward to bringing those skills into this new role!

Preferred pronouns: He / They


Katie McGuire

Emily Dandekar

Retention advisor

Identities that inform my work: First-generation, transfer student. Part of the LGBTQ+ community. First in my immediate family to pursue graduate school.

Favorite activity to do in SLO: You can usually find me at the Vans store in SLO/Pismo admiring all the shoes I want to buy, at McConnell’s getting ice cream, in line at Dutch Bros in Arroyo Grande for coffee, or at Gus’ Grocery waiting for a sandwich! Besides shoes and food, I love seeing plays/musicals at the SLO Rep Theater or Melodrama and going on hikes.

Best part about working with MEP students: I love being part of a student’s support system and MEP students are no different! Helping them along their academic journeys as they discover, refine, and achieve their goals feels so special and I feel lucky for the opportunity. They are unique individuals that the field of engineering needs!

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers




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