Thank you for your interest in the MEC’s Student Leadership Program (SLP). The SLP was designed to empower emerging student leaders who have a passion for social justice education, community development, and cultural competency. Students selected for this program will work within one of six MEC agencies along other dedicated student leaders to produce University-sponsored programs and initiatives that have a positive impact on campus. Appointments will be decided in the Spring semester with tenure beginning in May 2021 for one year.
The Student Leadership Program is a year‐long leadership and professional development program aimed at all full‐time students at UT-Austin. Through our Agencies, students are tasked with developing programs and events with the aims of promoting community development, social justice education, as well as professional and personal leadership. Agency officers work within a diverse team of peers to engage with their respective communities, collect and assess community needs, and create programs, initiatives and campaigns throughout the academic year. Each year, our Agencies produce over 35 programs for the UT-Austin community. Some programs/initiatives include:
★ 6 Annual Welcome Programs for Incoming Freshmen
★ 5 Leadership Institutes
★ Annual Conferences/Symposiums
★ Latinx & Black Graduation
All of our agencies are university-funded and student-led. Founded in 1988, the MEC and its agencies are backed by a team of full-time staff advisors who are steeped in social justice education, community building, and leadership development.
We are recruiting and accepting applications from current students with a passion for community building, cultural enrichment, social justice, and leadership development, all within a fun, fast-paced environment. Although our programming centers undergraduate students, we also welcome applications from current UT graduate students.
The MEC agencies are:
Afrikan American Affairs (AAA)
Asian Desi Pacific Islander American Collective (ADPAC)
Latinx Community Affairs (LCA)
Native American and Indigenous Collective (NAIC)
Queer & Trans People of Color Agency (QTPOCA)
Students for Equity and Diversity (SED)
To learn more about the positions available in each agency, please visit this link here.
Application Timeline for 2021-2022:
- Friday, February 12: Application opens on Qualtrics
- Wednesday, March 17: Applications due by midnight
- Week of March 22: Applicant Selection/Interviews begins
- Week of March 29: Applicant Selection/Interviews ends
- Monday, April 5: Notifications Sent to Applicants by this time
- Tuesday April 13 at 5pm: Mandatory Transition Meeting for New/Returning Officers
- Thursday, April 29: MEC Multicultural Student Leadership Awards (All MEC Officers Invited)
- August 17-19: MEC Officer Fall Retreat – Mandatory – All Agency Officers Required to Attend
Application and Officer Requirements:
- Applicant must be a current student at time of application
- If selected, applicant must be enrolled for at least 6 credit hours each semester of the program
- Applicants must have at least a minimum 2.5 GPA
- Selected officers must be able to dedicate 6-10 hours per week towards their agencies (i.e. internal meetings, community meetings, program planning and implementation, and MEC-wide workshops, meetings and outreach).
- All positions will have a one year term limit.
(Exceptions may be requested on a case-by-case basis.)
- All officers are required to attend the MEC transition meeting, fall retreat and monthly meetings.
MEC Transition Meeting: Tuesday April 13 at 5pm
Fall Retreat: August 17-19 (all day)
Monthly MEC Meetings (The 3rd Monday of each month at 4pm)