Contact Skaidy Mieses, Senior Assistant Director of Multicultural Recruitment

What is EMPOWER?

EMPOWER is community; EMPOWER is support; EMPOWER is you, and us, working together.

Our Commitment to Our Community

EMPOWER is an initiative that focuses on support services and resources for our multicultural constituents: students, families and educators. UMass Lowell (UML) Undergraduate Admissions is committed to providing access and opportunities for all, while actively prioritizing and including the needs of historically underrepresented communities. The principles of diversity, equity and inclusion are embedded in all our efforts and outreach. We strive to engage, educate and empower by going beyond traditional practices and connecting with our community to ensure students’ success and persistence at UMass Lowell.

Visit the Office of Equity & Inclusion to learn more about the university’s commitment to cultivating a climate of respect, dialogue and collaboration.

Our Impact

As a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, UMass Lowell is proud to be part of a community of professionals that share evidence-based practices and resources, troubleshoot challenges, generate knowledge and continue to advance the success of first-generation students across the country. The Center for First-Generation Student Success is the nation's first recognition program acknowledging higher education institutions for their commitment to first-generation student success.

Upcoming Events

We attend and host many events through the year to support the community, including the CAP/CBO Summit for Educators, focused admissions sessions in Spanish and UML Spotlight Events. You can explore these events and more at the EMPOWER event resource.

UML Initiatives & Programs

    • Aaron’s Presents - a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization giving young kids an opportunity to dream up and carry out a project that benefits others, gaining valuable leadership and project management skills in the process
    • A Better Chance - the preeminent resource for identifying, recruiting and developing leaders among underrepresented young people of color throughout the United States
    • Bottom Line - a nationally recognized nonprofit organization with a mission to partner with degree-aspiring students of color from under-resources communities as they get into college, graduate, and go far in life
    • Crossroads C5 - serves over 500 students in grades 8-12 and in their first two years of college
    • DC College Access Program (DCCAP)
    • One Goal - a postsecondary access and success organization working with schools and districts to transform postsecondary advising and support 
    • TRIO - a federal outreach and student services programs in the US designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds
    • And many more...

Diversity (HEED) Award

Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award logo

Again in 2023, UMass Lowell received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine for outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion.