Jump Start


Program Overview

Jump Start is a multicultural intensive preparatory program for first-year students from multicultural backgrounds interested in learning how to be successful at UW-Green Bay. During the seven-day program students will:

  • Move-in early and live in their assigned UW-Green Bay housing and meet other first-year students
  • Learn about UW-Green Bay office resources, and strengthen time management/study skills
  • Discover how to navigate the city of Green Bay and understand more about Green Bay’s community resources
  • Gain insight on intercultural differences, increase intercultural competency and strengthen multicultural growth and development
What is JumpStart at UW Green Bay?
Click Here to learn more from our Multicutural Student Success Managers Cindy and Miriam and current students Yeli and Luis: 


Jump Start underlines UW-Green Bay’s Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) office commitment toward the support of multicultural college students and our efforts to develop and retain diversified college students and is committed to implementing appropriate and proactive outreach and early intervention practices. Jump Start aims to promote and increase the recruitment, participation, and success of underrepresented students at UW- Green Bay.

The summer experience is organized around five main goals:

  • Increase college preparatory skills and study skill abilities
  • Enhance social skills for a successful college experience
  • Familiarize participants with UW-Green Bay and the student services offices and their processes
  • Develop students’ knowledge of their multicultural identities
  • Validate students’ sense of themselves as college learners


  • Enrolled at UW-Green Bay as a first-year student with 12 credits or more
  • Identify as being a part of an underrepresented ethnic minority group
  • Available to start program on Sunday, August 28 – Saturday, Setember 3rd, 2022
  • Must be attending Main Campus (Green Bay)

Cost: $50

Please make checks payable to Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. Cash and checks accepted, checks can be mailed in or handed in to a MESA Staff member durning buisness hours. 
Payment due date Friday, August 5th, 2022

MESA mailing address: 
UW–Green Bay
Multi-Ethnic Students Affairs (MESA) 
University Union, Suite 112​​
2420 Nicolet Dr.
Green Bay, WI 54311

Application is now closed 

If you have any questions or concerns about the program please contact MESA office at email: mesa@uwgb.edu or phone: (920) 465-2522


Previous Participants

Bresa Vuittonet, Sophomore   

Jump Start 2020 Participant
Hometown: Fond du Lac, WI
Major: Social Work 

Jump Start helped me become more comfortable with my culture and what it means to me. The Jump Start program is a great opportunity for students to meet peers, move in early, become more culturally aware, and have some fun getting to know the Green Bay area.

Byron GarciaOrtiz, Junior  

Jump Start 2019 Participant
Hometown: De Pere, WI
Major: Communications

Jump Start for me meant an edge over other students who would be coming in on move in day. It also meant that I would be able to get out my first day jitters before hand. I think this program is important for all students who wish to be more ready for their first year of college.

Alan Vang, Senior 

Jump Start 2018 Participant
Hometown: Weston, WI
Major: Human Biology

I initially participated in Jump Start so that I could move in early and get to know my way around campus. However, I learned a lot about different challenges I could potentially face in college such as microaggressions. Another thing I got out of this program is getting to know people before school started.

Joy Russ, Alumnus 

Jump Start 2017 Participant
Hometown: Menomonee Falls, WI
Major: Psychology
Minors: Human Biology and Human Development

I had originally heard about Jump Start when I came to UWGB for my R&R session. I thought it would be nice to move in and get to know the campus better before everyone else got to. I didn’t know that Jump Start would be one of the greatest and most beneficial experiences I would ever have. I made a lot of my friends through Jump Start and I got a lot of academic and personal help from the wonderful people who worked in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs) Office. Jump Start also taught me about the issues I may face as a POC (Person of Color) on a predominately white campus. I think Jump Start really gives its participants a “jump start” into being a student here at UWGB and allows you to make connections and relationships in a comfortable environment. If you’re thinking about applying, just do it! I promise you won’t regret it.