Jump Start

Program Overview

Jump Start is a seven-day 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


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 25 – Saturday, August 31, 2019

Cost: $70

Please make checks payable to Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs. Cash can be dropped off in the Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) office but we will NOT accept it via mail. Only checks can be mailed in. 

If you have any questions or concerns about this program please feel free to contact Rosa Serrano at serranor@uwgb.edu or at (920)465-2021. 


Previous Participants

Andrew Vaughn, Freshman

Jump Start 2018 Participant
Hometown: Delavan, WI
Major: Undecided

I had heard about the Jump Start program from one of my older sisters who had a similar program at the university that she had attended. She insisted that I should join it because it had many different benefits. At first, I was really skeptical about joining the program because I usually never do anything like that. Although I was a bit out of my comfort zone, I do not regret anything. The Jump Start program was a major help. They let students move in early which relieves the pain of doing it on freshman move-in day. You get time to explore the UW- Green Bay campus and learn where your classes are before they start. You also get to learn about the different resources available on campus. But the most memorable thing about the Jump Start program is that you get to meet other individuals and build friendships. Some of my closest friends I had met in Jump Start. So, if you are deciding whether or not this program is for you, just go for it. I assure you that you will not regret it!

Joy Russ, Sophomore

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.

Elijah Mada, Junior

Jump Start 2016 Participant
Hometown: Fort Campbell, KY
Major: Computer Science

I participated in Jump Start because it allowed me to move in early free of charge
which would get rid of the chaos of me moving in with all the other freshman. Aside from that I had no idea what to expect from Jump Start, at least that I can remember. I am really glad that I did decide to participate because it made starting college so much easier. I was able to meet faculty that are important to know throughout your college career. It was also good way to get to learn the campus and more specifically where your classes will be. Other than that, the people that you meet in Jump Start will be people you become close with, I am still friends with people I met in Jump Start today. Plus, it gives you a really cool place to hang out other than your room, the MESA. If you are considering doing Jump Start, stop thinking and just do it. There are no consequences and there are multiple benefits. You won't regret it.