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Outreach Team

Deciding which college to attend is a uniquely personal choice. If a sense of belonging at your future college is an important factor in your decision, then we invite you to explore further. Academy grads are standing by to help!

Academy Minority Outreach Team

Members of the Academy Minority Outreach Team (AMOT), volunteer to share their educational, career, and life experiences with prospective cadets. Most are Academy graduates on active duty. Each cares deeply about diversity and, together, they are committed to paving the way for a seamless transition into Academy life.

Please contact the Outreach Team member of your choice for an authentic conversation about their experience at the Coast Guard Academy.

Outreach Team Members

Campus Diversity

Nothing beats a visit to see what campus life is all about. Consider the following specialized programs when you make plans to visit. Financial assistance may be available – just ask!
  • Genesis Invitational: An overnight program for prospective students of color and first generation college students
  • Academy Experience Program: An overnight orientation for admitted students
  • International Orientation: A four-day orientation for matriculating international cadets, taking place immediately before you report
  • Respect and Inclusion Summer Experience (RISE): Get the jump on Swab Summer with this two-day program taking place immediately before you report. Intended for first-generation students, students of color, and first-time visitors plus their parents.
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Sponsor Family Program

Contact Information

Katy Robbins
Associate Director for Diversity, Outreach and Student Engagement
860-701-6177
Katy.A.Robbins@uscga.edu

Sponsor Family Application

Thank you for submitting your application to be part of the Sponsor Family Program. Your application will be processed in the upcoming week. Coast Guard Academy’s policy on background screening now requires all adults (everyone 18 and older living in the home) who volunteer to mentor, teach, coach or sponsor cadets, whether on or off Coast Guard Academy grounds, to be screened every 5 years. They are required to provide personal information (name, birth date and social security number) for the purpose of conducting a criminal background check.

The Security Officer at the Coast Guard Academy, CWO2 Gina Polkowski, is overseeing this process. Her email is: Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.

Sponsor Family designations fall into several different categories. Below are the guidelines to help you determine how best to meet the background screening requirement:

  1. If you are Coast Guard active duty you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  2. If you are a Civilian working for the Coast Guard you do not need to apply for an additional Background Check. You will be vetted through the Coast Guard system by CWO2 Polkowski.
  3. If you are non-Coast Guard Active Duty, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  4. If you are non-Coast Guard civilian who has a current security clearance or National Agency check, you are required to provide proof of your current security clearance or National Agency Check that is to be emailed by your Command Security Officer (CSO)/ Security Office to CWO2 Polkowski at  Gina.M.Polkowski@uscg.mil.
  5. All civilians in the families who are 18 years or older and do not have a security clearance or a National Agency Check are required to be vetted through Mind Your Business, the third party vendor hired by the Coast Guard Academy for the vetting process.

After you complete your application, please e-mail the Sponsor Family Program Coordinator at CadetFamilySponsorProgram@uscga.edu. In your e-mail, you must include the e-mail address and phone number of every adult living in the home. The Sponsor Family Coordinator will then initiate the background check process and you will receive an email with further instructions.

Important things to note:

There is a Sponsor Family Training that is a one-hour training which we ask sponsors to attend once every four years. This training is designed to give you an overview of the program, what is expected of you as a sponsor, and what you can expect from your cadets. This training will also help familiarize you with the cadet regulations onboard CGA. You will be notified via e-mail once the training is scheduled.

The matching process of swabs to families will occur during July and August. Please bear with us and remain flexible through this process. There will be a meet and greet scheduled on Campus, typically in late August. This will give families an opportunity to formally meet their cadet if they have not already done so. Details on this will also be via email.

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