The Equity & Inclusion office provides enriching and educational opportunities for students to engage in be supported in the academic journey, enhance their understanding and global awareness and contribute to the creation of an inclusive and multicultural campus community. 

E&I is home to:

  • UML is committed to closing the educational equity gap and lowering barriers to higher education.  We work in collaboration with community-based organizations (CBOs) to advance accessible education for all students in areas of college preparedness, affordability, student success, and empowering students to achieve their goals and aspirations.
    The College Access & Success initiative consists of three major components: 

    College Access: Pre-College Connections

    • Connect with UML:  student-led tours to visit classrooms, residence and dining halls, faculty/staff presentations, student panels, and an introduction to an array of resources are available.  Interested high schools and youth programs can start their virtual exploration and register for an on-campus Admissions tour.  
    • Chat with a UML student or peer mentor on what to expect, how to navigate campus in your first week, or ways to get involved.
    • Connect with key campus partners along each step to help you start the college preparation process and to answer any questions.

    College Success: Transition

    • Engage with our office through UML Welcome Days, our summer activities lineup and optional meet and greets 
    • Attend one or more E&I onboarding experiences prior to start of new term:
      • Student Success Summit (fall and winter)
      • First to Launch Summer Program
    • Complete FERPA authorization allowing UML to share information about academic progress with CAP/CBO counselor

    College Success: Student Cohorts and Pathways

    • Academic skills and college preparation is provided through group study, tutoring, and supplemental instruction
    • Students build their campus networks to participate in campus engagement, service, and leadership activities
    • Dedicated success coaches and advisors are provided to help troubleshoot or answer questions. Common support topics: college transition, goal mapping, and academic, personal, and professional development
    • Aid in annual renewal of financial aid applications (FAFSA) and financial literacy support for families and students
    • Aid in obtaining student employment, internships, career connected work experiences, summer opportunities, and support in developing a professional resumé before graduation
    • Create long-lasting connections with your scholars and program cohort
    College Access organizations represent a diverse group of enrollment programs that in partnership with UML prepare students to succeed in college and continue to provide support to their program alumni while enrolled at UML. If your organization is interested in becoming a UML College Access Program partner, please call 978-934-3931 or email to learn more.
    • Student Success Summit provides new students with a two-day experience focused on a seamless transition to college. Students gain important tools and resources for success for both in and out of classroom and are connected to their peer community before they start classes. Participants connect with faculty, staff, and current UML students throughout the experience.
    • First To Launch provides incoming first-year, first-generation students at UMass Lowell with a six-week experience that will enable them to transition to college in a supportive environment and empower them to achieve success.
    • UML Launch! Summer Programs highlight a campus array of summer programs that prepare students for college, build community and get a jumpstart on classes.
    • River Hawk Scholars Academy provides academic opportunities inside and outside the classroom, meaningful activities, and holistic support to first generation students.
    • Asian American Success Program provides academic, career and wellness services to help Asian American students thrive at UMass Lowell.
    • Rising 360 helps develop your individualized pathway to success while providing the tools and support each year to help you achieve your goals and feel confident in your pursuits. Students can select to join a specific cohort or engage with peers who share similar interests, identities, etc. (LGBTQ, International, Multicultural, College Access, Transfers)
    • Medical Profession Admission Gap Initiative & Collaboration (MAGIC) enhances the success rate of students who aspire to become healthcare professionals and scientific researchers. This program supports students in achieving their goals through elevating academic performance and guiding early career development.