Ilitch School’s MPREP Scholars named Learning Community of the Year

Every year, Wayne State University selects one of its learning community programs to be recognized for their outstanding achievements. This year, the PwC MPREP Scholars program was named Learning Community of the Year. MPREP (Multicultural Professional Readiness Education Program) is a Mike Ilitch School of Business learning community designed to encourage, support, develop and retain multicultural undergraduate business students with a special emphasis on accounting and finance majors. 

“The PwC MPREP learning community was a shoe-in for Learning Community of the Year 2020, thanks largely to the amazing work of Lynita Taylor,” said Amy Cooper, manager of the Learning Community Program at WSU.   

Taylor began building MPREP in 2018. Her goal was to get 20 accounting and finance students engaged and connected to the learning community. MPREP surpassed this goal in its first year with 39 participating students. “The mentors, the supporting companies and I all want the best for the MPREP Scholars, and that focus has allowed us to make great things happen well past what we initially hoped for,” said Taylor.  

In MPREP’s second year, Taylor expanded to support business students of all majors. Over half of the learning community students had above a 3.0 GPA and an internship, a leadership role or full-time job offer with the support of Taylor and her partners across the Ilitch School.  

“Lynita has also been very active in the learning community program events and activities this year. She has encouraged her peer mentors to actively engage in our training. She is a crucial member of the VIP Coalition, a group of learning communities on campus that work to serve traditionally marginalized students,” said Cooper.  

Taylor and the MPREP Scholars are thankful for the recognition of their program.  

“The students and I are ecstatic, grateful and beyond proud! It was an amazing surprise, especially given the current climate. I think what led to this recognition is the genuine care and effort put forward for the MPREP Scholars,” said Taylor.  

For more information about Wayne State learning communities, visit their website.   

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