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PACE Multicultural Mentorship Program

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Augustana's PACE Multicultural Mentorship Program is for first-year students of color. PACE starts on campus even before Welcome Week, and continues throughout your important first year.

PACE stands for Preparation, Awareness, Community and Engagement, and PACE stands for YOU. Here are some of the ways it happens.


Preparing you for college is the first goal of PACE. Watch for an invitation to come to campus early for an orientation introducing you to each other, to mentors and leaders, and to resources on your new campus. It’s a lot of fun, too.


You will find many identity-building, learning and leadership opportunities through the Office of Student Inclusion and Diversity and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. An experienced Augustana student will be your PACE mentor, keeping you aware of the opportunities before you.


Your supportive Augustana community begins with PACE, and continues throughout your time on campus. Many of the college’s 160 student groups are focused on specific cultural backgrounds, experiences and values. The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American House, Black Culture House, Casa Latina and the You Belong Here Lounge all provide spaces for meetings, events and hanging out.


Engaging with your community—in class, on campus and in the broader world—is how you will develop confidence as a student and as the citizen you most want to be. It all starts by engaging with PACE.

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Orientation and welcome

PACE 2024 orientation is Sunday, Aug. 25-Thursday, Aug. 29.

During this special orientation, students of color meet each other, their mentors and other campus leaders; learn about resources and opportunities on campus; experience an unforgettable welcome to Augustana; and make some of their best friends. Housing and meals during orientation are provided at no cost.

Hear from students like you

Nishal Weems '23

Nishal Weems '23

History major, biology minor
Augustana’s student laureate of The Lincoln Academy of Illinois

"I will miss PACE and the friends I made throughout my time. Come with an open mind ready to learn. You will meet so many new people in the upcoming years."

Karla Collazo '27

Karla Collazo '27

Secondary education–French teaching
First-generation college student

"I came early to campus for the PACE program. That was the best experience.... PACE helped me develop lasting friendships with diverse people. I thank PACE for helping me meet amazing individuals, receive support services information, and helping me feel familiarized and welcome on campus."


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