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About Minority & Friends Network


The Oshkosh Placement Exchange is committed to the field of higher education and is privileged to guide the future efforts of the Minority and Friends Network. Launched over 25 years ago by a dedicated group of employers, the Minority and Friends Network was focused on the development and success of traditionally underrepresented candidates. Today, the Minority and Friends Network offers robust mentorship, support, and networking to all Oshkosh Placement Exchange candidates and employers.

We ask employers to consider serving as a Minority & Friends Network Sponsor. Your sponsorship of $250 provides direct support to OPE candidates as well as access to several benefits for your campus. You can register to become a sponsor via MFN Sponsorship Registration. Additional information about MFN sponsorship and registration details are attached to this message. The deadline for registration has been extended. Registrations are due on or before January 25, 2019.

If you have colleagues who have mentioned their interest in becoming a Network sponsor, please forward this information to them so they can join our illustrious group of Network sponsors!


To provide a resource network to assist candidates in their career search within the field of higher education.


The Minority and Friends Network seeks to meet the needs of candidates by:

  • Sharing information on interviewing and resume writing;
  • Serving as mentors to candidates;
  • Hosting a social networking opportunity at the Oshkosh Placement Exchange for  candidate and employers to exchange thoughts and ideas in a relaxed setting.



The Minority & Friends Network was founded in 1992 at the Oshkosh Placement Exchange.  The original purpose was for candidates of color to come together in a social setting to network with seasoned professionals.  The first Minority & Friends Network social was sponsored by Western Illinois University.

In 1993, Illinois State University and Michigan State University joined the Social and more structure was given to the mentor and mentee process.

In 1994, Arizona State University and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh, joined the social.  That year the event had a record number of candidates attending and provided them with the opportunity to ask questions from the mentors on a variety of issues.  The increased participation in the social facilitated its move to Reeve Memorial Union on the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh campus.

Today what was once only a social is now called the “Minority & Friends Network.”  The network includes the following:

  • Network Mentors
  • OPE/Minority & Friends Network Social
  • Travel Grant for new professionals: See past award winner HERE!
  • Advice Booth:  Resource room with network members who can answer questions and give advice
  • Mentor/Mentee Program:  Program that allows mentors to provide some guidance and direction for the candidates/mentees with the search process

MFN has grown to feature as many as 60 active sponsoring institutions a year.  We look forward to growing and assisting new and seasoned professionals as we network and celebrate diversity!

NOTE:  We invite Colleges and Universities to assist with sponsorship of the Minority & Friends Network.  Sponsorships allow individual institutions to participate in the network by supporting expanding programs for our candidates, which serves to strengthen our professional network.  The Minority & Friends Network reserves the right to accept sponsorship on an as needed basis.

Questions:  Sarah Martin Krihas at

Mailing Address:
Oshkosh Placement Exchange
Gruenhagen Conference Center
208 Osceola Street
Oshkosh, WI 54901

OPE Registration Office:
Phone: 920.424.3226