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Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program

Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, Virginia Tech

Note: Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP) has moved to the Media Annex Building and no longer resides in Femoyer Hall. We are now at 130 Otey Street.

Hello and welcome to MAOP!

We are excited to announce we will be back in person, full time, in the fall.

We look forward to seeing and working with you!

Spring 2021 MAOP Workshops

  • February 9, 2021, 5:30 – 6:30 PM
    “Fall in Love with Credit”
      Hokie Wellness
  • February 16, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
    "Job Search & Interviewing Resources"
     Career and Professional Development

  • March 10, 2021, 5:15 - 6:15 PM
    "Developing a Growth Mindset"
    Hokie Wellness

    What are your personal beliefs about intelligence and talent? What do you say to yourself when you make a mistake? Often when we’re struggling, our inner monologues can become critical and it takes practice to shift our mindsets. Believe it or not, the mindset we have and the way we talk to ourselves when we’re approaching difficult tasks has a big impact on our academic success and personal well-being. In this workshop we will learn how to develop a growth mindset and reframe our automatic thoughts that can often be negative.

  • March 23, 2021, 12:00 -  1:00 PM
    "Food for Thought"
    Kevin Stephenson, Hokie Alum

  • March 29, 2021, 5:00 - 6:00 PM
    "Research Isn't Just for STEM Majors"
    Office of Undergraduate Research

  • April 1, 2021 , 4:00 - 5:00 PM
    VT Academic Support Services
    Student Success Center

  • April 7, 2021, 5:30 - 6:30 PM
    "Student Loans and Managing Debt"
    Hokie Wellness

    Debt can be a huge stressor for anyone. This workshop explores strategies that you can use for any form of debt that you can personalize to fit your specific situation and debt load. In addition to discussing general debt management strategies, this workshop also provides an overview of the student loan repayment process, repayment plans, forgiveness programs, and anything else related to undergraduate federal student loans.

    Please read below, some rules for workshops have changed, it is important to note the information below.

*All workshops will take place via Zoom. The Zoom link will be shared before the workshop.*
*All Undergraduate Scholars and LSAMP students must attend 3 workshops this semester to fulfill part of their requirements.
*All students must submit a workshop summary form after attending the workshop. 
****In the event that you cannot attend the scheduled monthly meeting workshop, you will need to find a substitute activity (i.e. academic workshop/presentation or lecture) to take the place of the workshop you missed.

This form must be and filled out in its entirety, in order for the absence to count. Please click below to download the form.


Now accepting applications for The Undergraduate Scholar Application. See the MAOP Undergraduate Scholars Program (UGS) for more information and to access the application. The deadline to apply is April 30, 2021.

The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) application is now open. Please click here for more information. The deadline to apply is May 1, 2021.

Supporting diverse students

Through partnerships with various academic colleges and departments at Virginia Tech, other colleges and universities, governmental entities, and various organizations, MAOP provides support for diverse students who demonstrate a clear commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence.  

We assist both undergraduate and graduate students in their transition to Virginia Tech and provides academic guidance, emotional, social, and financial support until they graduate. For undergraduates interested in graduate education in the future,  MAOP provides opportunities for students to engage in summer research.  

MAOP is committed to:

  • Creating an environment that supports and retains students to graduation from Virginia Tech
  • Develop students to become productive citizens and leaders in today's global society
  • Building partnerships with faculty at Virginia Tech and other higher education institutions, who are willing to financially support and mentor undergraduates through research opportunities
  • Assisting graduate students in navigating the graduate education process, especially students who are historically underrepresented in their disciplines

Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation