The Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program (MAOP), is an academic success community founded upon the principles of self- efficacy, mentoring, and peer support. Central to the goal of MAOP is the promotion of diversity and inclusion within the student body of Virginia Tech. Through partnerships with various academic colleges and departments at Virginia Tech, other colleges and universities, governmental entities, and various organizations, MAOP provides support for students diverse students who demonstrate a clear commitment to the pursuit of academic excellence.
MAOP assists 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 during the summer.
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