MESA is a group of students of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds who are interested in encouraging the F&ES administration, faculty and students to better address issues of cultural diversity. In addition, MESA exists as an avenue for discussion and support for students of color. MESA also represents F&ES through relationships with other multi-cultural student groups on the Yale campus and collaborates closely with the Admissions and Dean’s Offices at F&ES. Overall, MESA intends to create a welcoming space and a supportive environment for students of diverse ethnic backgrounds to discuss concerns and experience; however, students of all backgrounds are encouraged to participate. MESA hopes to encourage increased ethnic diversity among our teaching faculty and visiting speakers, and the student body. In addition, MESA facilitates campus events with a focus of diversity. Examples of sponsored events include hosting speakers, screening films, organizing a Regional TGIF, and orchestrating informal gatherings between faculty and students.