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Diversity and Inclusion

Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence 

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The M.A.D.E. (Minorities Achieving Dreams of Excellence) Peer Mentoring program is designed to assist participants in successfully transitioning to life as a University of Montevallo student. The program will help participants adjust to the academic, social, personal and professional challenges experienced by first year students. The program serves first-year, minority students enrolled at the University of Montevallo.

Program Goals:

  1. To ease the academic, personal and social transition from high school to the University.
  2. To cultivate meaningful interactions with mentors, faculty, staff and alumni who encourage and support mentees through their unique cultural journey through college.
  3. To connect academic, personal and social resources to help them successfully navigate university systems and processes.
  4. To offer opportunities for students to engage in high-impact learning experiences facilitated by the various on-campus resources (i.e. Harbert Writing Center, Career Development Center, and Student Life)
  5. To successfully retain and graduate participants within 4 years at the University of Montevallo.


The M.A.D.E. Summer Bridge Program is for first-time freshmen who have been admitted to UM. Eligibility for the program includes the following:

  1. Students must be admitted to the University of Montevallo;
  2. Students must represent an underrepresented minority (i.e. Hispanic/Latinos, African Americans, Native Americans, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders, and those of two or more races) at the University of Montevallo;
  3. Students must apply for Federal Financial Aid;
  4. Students will be invited to participate in the M.A.D.E. program based on their academic need and their potential to benefit from the program;
  5. Students must complete all application materials by the indicated deadline(s).