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Mission, Vision, & Learning Outcomes


As a division of Engineering Student Services, the Multicultural Engineering Program (MEP) is an academic support program designed to retain and graduate students who have been historically underserved in engineering. MEP leverages a strong support network to build a community and provide the necessary bridges for students academic, personal, and professional success.


In efforts to create an equitable society and enhance diversity in education and engineering, MEP partners with campus and industry to encourage the development of students who:

  • Feel a sense of belonging within their undergraduate education, at Cal Poly, and in the workforce.
  • Perform as high caliber engineering students and professionals.
  • Lead within Cal Poly and the workforce.
  • Create positive change.
  • Exemplify confidence through self-advocacy and consistent personal growth. 
  • Value collaboration and diversity in teams. 
  • Are socially responsible and global citizens.

Learning Outcomes

Services and support provided by the Multicultural Engineering Program result in… 

  • A sense of belonging and community for underrepresented students in the College of Engineering 
  • Enhancement to students’ academic progress 
  • Fostering students’ professional and leadership development

Who We Serve

The main population of students served within MEP include but are not limited to the following: 

  • First generation students
  • Low income students
  • Cal Poly Scholars
  • EOP students
  • Groups that are historically underrepresented in engineering 
  • Transfer students 

MEP provides services such as academic advising, mentoring, and events designed to create community and connect students to industry. MEP also advises the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). 

MEP students holding Cal Poly branded water bottles

Interested in learning more about MEP? Explore our services & programs page and join the MEP mailing list. 


Meet the MEP Team

Meghan Schuler-Jones

Meghan Schuler-Jones

MEP Coordinator
805-756-1433 (Please email us as we are currently telecommuting.)

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
805-756-5101 (Please email us as we are currently telecommuting.)

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
805-756-5407 (Please email us as we are currently telecommuting.)

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

Nadine Spingola-Hutton

Nadine Spingola-Hutton

Retention Advisor

CliftonStrengths: Positivity. Empathy. Strategic. Responsibility. Arranger

Favorite activity to do in SLO: Taking my Chesapeake Bay Retriever puppy, Mowgli, to the beach!

Best part about working with MEP students: I enjoy getting to know students and learning about their unique backgrounds, interests, and goals. The best part of working with MEP students is helping them throughout their journey at Cal Poly and supporting them through their challenges and victories!

Preferred pronouns: She, her, hers

Visit Us

Due to COVID-19, Building 40 is currently closed. 
1 Grand Ave. Bldg 40
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
Select the button below to schedule a virtual appointment with an advisor from the MEP Team.
 Building 40 map

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