African American Mutual Assistance Network, Inc.

Multi-cultural Exposure to Corporate America - M.E.C.A. Program


317 South 4th Street, Suite 289 - La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601 - 608-519-2367

IRS Federal Tax Exempt No. 870722089 - Wisconsin Tax Exempt No. 049955 - Minnesota Tax Exempt No. 8368073

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In an increasingly competitive marketplace business cannot afford to carry any additional weight that doesn't help them to succeed. So how does having a diverse workforce further a company's goals?


The Answer


A diverse workforce can provide tangible benefits to a company besides just fulfilling legal compliance and good faith efforts. In fact, as markets expand nationally and globally being able to understand and reach out to the individual needs of people from other cultures and regions will be paramount. A multicultural, talented, and trained employee base gives companies that key advantage. Innovation is the source of your company's future, and diversity is the foundation. Future leading companies and employers are looking for diverse employees today and now with your participation, you can look at AAMAN's MECA Program to place them.

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Diversity recruitment is one of the hottest topics in corporate America today. The latest census results firmly established that the ethnic make-up of the U.S. is changing at a rate faster than anyone has anticipated and La Crosse is no exception. Corporate America is already aware of the changing demographics;    in fact, many corporate front-runners established diversity initiatives back in the   mid-90s. More than a decade later, the bottom-line results have not been measured in dollars, but rather in the demographics of women and minority recruitment, retention and supplier diversity.


Early identification, internships, and ongoing leadership development create the long-term relationships vital to recruiting and retaining talented student interns and candidates. La Crosse's innovative nonprofit; AAMAN, creates and recruits talented students and adults from ethnically and culturally diverse backgrounds and prepares them to excel in corporate careers and community involvement. You can rely on AAMAN to find, place, mentor and develop the best student interns and candidates, transforming them into future frontrunners with established business competencies, proven leadership abilities, and civic responsibilities. The MECA Program is also a valuable recruiting and retention tool used by Universities and colleges to diversify their faculty, staff and student body.

In managing a diverse workplace, organizations should be careful to avoid the following common mistakes:

  • Failure to communicate how diversity relates to the company's objectives and key business strategies.

  • Inconsistent policy application.

  • Insufficient training.

  • No senior management "buy-in."

  • Lack of accountability.

  • Allowing diversity to be used as a euphemism for affirmative action.

  • Rejection of diversity initiatives because of complexity.

A Diverse Workforce Enhances:

- Connection with the customer: The needs of diverse customers need to be understood Employee motivation: Employees  

  maintain productivity when they are treated with dignity and respect.

- Employee innovation: A work environment open to diversity remains flexible and favorable to employee innovation.

- Employee recruitment and retention: A workplace that emphasizes interest and concern for its employees as people first is able  to attract a higher-quality    


MECA Eligibility Requirements:

Participants must be an individual from an under-represented group, i.e. African-American, Asian-American, Hmong, Mexican-American, Native-American, Native Pacific Islanders and/or under-represented groups in Higher Education and in the workforce and who are making satisfactory progress towards graduation and currently enrolled in or has been accepted into an accredited, college, graduate or medical school pursuing a certificate, and are in good academic standing or an adult entering or returning to the workforce.


- College students must be a College Junior or Senior with a minimum of a 2.5 GPA.

-They must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident or have appropriate work authorization.


Corporation's investment in Student Internships are:

- $1,000.00 per month for the summer months of June, July and August for each intern.

- Providing summer internships at your location(s).

- Providing possible employment of interns successfully completing their Internship.

- Provide training and employment opportunities for adult MECA Participants.

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CEO and Founder

Mr. Cecil Adams, Junior.

Companies in La Crosse are increasingly understanding the value of recruiting and retaining ethnically diverse employees. Ethnically diverse workers can play a critical role in the company's ability to promote inclusion, grow and sustain a competitive advantage in the modern business industry.


Unfortunately, some companies fail to recognize the benefits of having an ethnically diverse workforce. Factors such as prejudice and stereotypes towards certain racial or ethnic groups, whether conscious or unconscious, can lead to discriminatory practices in hiring.


What’s more, to combat prejudice and internal resistance, companies need to create a business case for ethnic diversity and inclusion by outlining the benefits of a racial and ethnically diverse workplace such as:

  • Gains in worker welfare and efficiency

  • Reduced turnover costs

  • Fewer internal disputes and grievances

  • Improved accessibility to new and diverse customer markets

  • Higher productivity and increased revenue

  • Increased innovation

  • Development of new products and services

  • Improved company reputation management

  • Greater flexibility and adaptability in a globalized world

  • More efficient risk management (e.g. legal risks due to non-compliance)

  • Prevention of marginalization and exclusion of categories of workers

  • Improved social cohesion


Companies are more likely to reap these benefits when they go beyond meeting the minimum requirements for legal compliance. Companies should strive to understand both the social and cultural complexities inherent in embracing ethnic diversity and strive to be diversity leaders in their industry and in our city of La Crosse, Wisconsin and the surrounding areas.


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