2011-2012 Funded Projects

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative

Summary of Funded Projects 2011-2012

With a seventh consecutive grant from the New York City Council, The City University of New York (CUNY) has established projects to support the enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented groups in all five boroughs of New York City and at all the CUNY senior, comprehensive and community colleges including the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY Law School.  Funds from the New York City Council also support two (2) targeted GED programs.  All programs and activities of The CUNY Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic.  Though CUNY BMI projects target African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males and other underrepresented groups, it is expected that the entire University will benefit from what is learned from efforts with these targeted populations. 

For general information about the CUNY Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI), please visit: http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html.   To find out about specific projects funded under the BMI, please contact the CUNY campus representatives listed below.  For the CUNY BMI central administrators, please visit:  http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi/staff.html


Project Description

Baruch College

Transfer Bridge Program

Angela Anselmo,
SEEK Director
646 312-4628

Kristy Perez
Director of SEEK Urban Male Leadership Academy
646 312 4630

Ben Corpus,
Vice President for Student Affairs
(646) 312-4580

The Baruch College BMI project supports two initiatives: a Transfer Bridge Program and the other an Urban Male Leadership Academy.  The Transfer Bridge Program seeks to create a pipeline from community to senior college that would enable a smooth transition for under represented males who are currently enrolled at Borough of Manhattan and Queens borough community colleges and wish to pursue a BBA degree at Baruch.  The other initiative, the UMLA is housed in the SEEK Program and is specifically designed to develop and promote the academic excellence, social consciousness and leadership skills of black and Latino male college students at Baruch College. Students from both programs share multiple commonalities and benefit from an exchange of information and ideas.  Furthermore, in addition to serving as a positive support system for each other, the UMLA students mentor BMI Transfer Bridge students and are a direct link to the Baruch College community.

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC)

Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA)

Michael Gillespie
Associate Dean,
Academic Affairs

Ashtian Holmes
BMI Coordinator
(212) 220-7276

Everton Barrett
Academic Affairs
(212) 220- 5059

The overall project goals for the Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) for 2011-2012 are a continuation of the program’s emphases since its inception during the 2005-2006 academic year.  They are 1) to increase retention and graduation rates of underserved students, particularly African American and Latino males at BMCC; 2) to ensure that underserved students graduate from BMCC with the academic and vocational skills to be successful in future schooling and the workplace; 3) to work collaboratively with identified high schools and community-based organizations to recruit and sustain the number of underserved students in the pipeline to higher education; 4) to increase the transfer rate to baccalaureate programs among underserved students; and 5) to increase the number of underserved students, particularly African American and Latino males, who major in elementary or mathematics and/or science education and pursue careers in teaching in New York City public schools.  Women students are actively encouraged to participate in all programs and activities sponsored by the CUNY BMI funded UMLA.  Several BMCC students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.  

Bronx Community College

Student Leadership Academy for Social Entrepreneurs (SLASE)

Clifford Marshall, II CR Manager
Director of VA/Director of BMI
(718) 289-5708

Howard Wach
Interim VP of Academic Affairs
(718) 289-5141

Bernard J. Gantt
Dean of Enrollment Management &
Executive Director of the Black Male Initiative Program
(718) 289-5887

The Student Leadership Academy for Social Entrepreneurs (SLASE) is a learning community whose chief aim is to equip Bronx Community College students with the skills, vision, long-range plan for obtaining a bachelor's degree. To foster this objective, SLASE provides a host of programmatic activities which can better position students to successfully transfer to a four-year institution once they complete their terminal degree at Bronx Community College. Centered on the idea of "social entrepreneurship,” these activities are designed to provide participants with the opportunity to explore careers in the nation’s nonprofit sector. Students are given the chance to participate in a leadership development workshop curriculum as well as to avail themselves of a number of personal and academic support services available at the college. 

Brooklyn College

Empowering, Recruiting, Investing and Supporting (E.R.I.S.)

Noel S. Anderson
Department of Political Science
(718) 951-1741

Joseph Wilson
Department of Political Science

George Cunningham
Africana Studies Chairperson
(718) 951-5597

Floyd Patterson, MSW

The CUNY BMI funded project at Brooklyn College entitled E.R.I.S. (Empowering, Recruiting, Investing and Supporting) is a Campus Community Approach to Academic Access and Personal Success of Underrepresented Groups.  Two major goals of E.R.I.S. are to: (1) increase the first-time, full-time bachelor degree seeking black male freshmen by 10% and (2) maintain the first and second year retention rates for E.R.I.S. scholars that exceeds by 10% the retention rate of first-year students at Brooklyn College generally.  Project activities and resources include: (1) E.R.I.S Reading Room and Reference Library; (2) the Peer Mentorship Program; (3) the E.R.I.S. Profile for Success training and counseling; (4) Tutoring in Writing; (5) Social Services Safety Net counseling under the direction of an experienced social worker; (6) the www.ERISProgram.org website; (7) the E.R.I.S. Lending Library Program; (8) promoting Opportunities for Academic and Career Success such as Research Internships, Summer Study Abroad, pipeline programs to graduate and professional schools; (9) an E.R.I.S. Speakers Series; (10) E.R.I.S. diversity recruitment activities; (10) a teacher awareness and development program dedicated to encouraging BC students to pursue careers as New York City public school teachers; (11) E.R.I.S. Research and Curriculum Development will be encouraged by Africana Studies and Political Science faculty and institutional researchers. Several BC students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.

City College of New York

Black Male Leadership and Mentorship Project at The City College (BMLMP)

Daniel Lemons
Senior Advisor for  Undergraduate Studies
212) 650-6638

Claude Brathwaite
Project Administrator, New York City
Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation
(212) 650-8850

Sherry Paredes
BMLMP Program Coordinator
(212) 650-8856

The primary goals of the Black Male Leadership and Mentorship Project at The City College (BMLMP) are to: (1) strengthen underrepresented students’ sense of community and connection to the institution by expanding their network of peers who share common academic goals, (2) expand this group of students’ knowledge and awareness of the varied career opportunities that are available to them, (3) increase their exposure to successful, mainstream role models, (4) strengthen their positive sense of self by helping them to improve their social competency and leadership skills, (5) connect project participants to mentors who will encourage them to stay in college until they graduate.  Further, this project will continue to offer college students different types of learning experiences within the context of supportive relations in order to strengthen students' commitment to college and motivation to succeed. Several City College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.   

City College of New York

Retention, Achievement, & Professionalism Success Institute (RAP-SI)

Gordon Thompson
Director of the Black Studies Program
212) 650 6365

Donald Kingston
RAP-SI Program Coordinator
(212) 650-5100

RAP-SI is committed to the improvement of retention and academic performance of students from underrepresented groups enrolled at CCNY/CUNY.RAP-SI will expand the social opportunities, academic resources, counseling, mentoring programs, support systems and learning communities throughout City College available to two groups of students:  1) Freshmen needing academic intervention, and 2) sophomores and juniors with GPA’s between 2.3 and 2.5.  

RAP-SI is also committed to promoting strategies that will encourage and prepare BMI students for successful enrollment in graduate and/or professional school. RAP-SI is further committed to encouraging BMI students to enroll in service learning courses, particularly those developed by RAP-SI in conjunction with the Black Studies Program.

City College of New York

Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education

Medical Career Success Program

Jerrold Erves
Associate Director of Admissions
(212) 650-7706

Maurizio Trevisan
(212) 650-5275

Dani McBeth
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
(212) 650-7727 / 8485

The Medical Career Success Program, proposes to enhance the academic performance and retention of students in the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education and also in the pre-med program of The City College.  The program is divided into career enhancement efforts and support services programs.  Career enhancement will include monthly Skills Development Workshops, facilitation of professional networking opportunities and exposure to medical professionals. 

The College of Staten Island- College Success Initiative

Deborah Vess
Associate Provost
(718) 982-2558

Debra Evans-Greene
OASP - Project Director
Office of Academic Affairs
(718) 982-2638

Alicia Murray
OFAS-Project Coordinator

Olaniran Asanbe
College of Staten Island
BMI Support Staff
(718) 982-2005
Fax: (718) 982-2616

The College Success Initiative: Learning by Teaching program have both high school and college students participate in this mathematics, science and English language arts tutorial program involving Curtis and Port Richmond high school students and CSI BMI college student mentors/tutors. The project has three (3) primary goals and two (2) secondary goals among the primary goals are: (1) promoting academic success; (2) diversity recruitment or increasing enrollment of students from underrepresented populations through pipeline to college programs; and diversifying the teaching profession by recruiting underrepresented students, particularly African American males, into the teaching profession.  As for its secondary goals, the BMI funded project at CSI seeks to create a supportive academic learning community to support students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education and to strengthen CSI’s Office of Minority Access Programs. Several students from the BMI Project at CSI have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders project. 

CUNY Black Male Initiative – Central

Teachers as Leaders Project

Elliott Dawes
University Director, CUNY BMI
(212) 650-8294

Jermaine Wright
Associate Director, CUNY BMI 
(212) 650-5394

Alan Newton
Research Associate, CUNY BMI
(212) 650-7087

With the generous support of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and The Schott Foundation for Public Education, CUNY BMI created the Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) which offered CUNY students: (1) full scholarships; (2) New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) workshops; (3) career development and public policy workshops; (4) clinical education experiences and (5) mentorship from current and former New York City public school teachers.  The grant period for TALP ended in January 2011.

CUNY Graduate School -
Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP)

Widening the Doors to Academia Project

Donald Robotham

Executive Officer, Officer of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs, OEODP/BMI Project Director

Alida Rojas
Assistant Program Officer

The Widening the Doors to Academia Project is designed to enhance underrepresented student recruitment into doctoral programs and academic success of those who are already enrolled. The project ensures that the Graduate Center’s goals of enrolling, retaining and graduating underrepresented groups in the doctoral program are accomplished.  The Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP), through BMI funds, support the Graduate Center’s recruitment and retention goals which are to: 1) increase the number of groups traditionally underrepresented in higher education; and 2) increase their graduation rate and time to degree.  The project services all graduate students enrolled at CUNY, in particular students from underrepresented groups and it also serves all 27 students in the CUNY Pipeline undergraduate program. 

CUNY Law School 
Pipeline to Justice Program

Mary Lu Bilek  
Associate Dean and Professor of Law

Cheryl Howard
Program Director

The CUNY School of Law Pipeline to Justice Program is designed to give a second chance at law school admission and preparation for academic success in law school to college graduates from groups traditionally underrepresented in the legal profession. The program is designed to: (1) raise their LSAT scores, (2) improve critical reading, analytic thinking, and professional-level writing skills, (3) provide general student counseling, and (4) provide consistent, individualized academic counseling, structured cohort support, and mentoring throughout the three years of law school.

CUNY Office of Academic Affairs

Adult Literacy Mentoring Program

Leslee Oppenheim
Director of Language and Literacy Programs

Gayle Cooper-Shpirt                  
Staff/Curriculum Development /BMI Project Coordinator
(646) 344-7323   

Frannie Rosenson
Director, Brooklyn College Adult

Paul Wasserman
ALC Director, Lehman College

Two campus-based adult literacy programs, at Brooklyn College and Lehman College, will develop new structures and processes designed to reach out to, and support students, with college potential in CUNY GED programs, in order to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups, in particular black males, who complete their course of study at these programs, receive their GED diplomas, and continue their education at CUNY.   The project, built around a mentoring structure at each of the three programs, will serve as a pilot that can be extended to other CUNY literacy/GED programs in the future.  Additionally, this year, the project is focusing on developing a curriculum and transitional courses designed to assist students who pass the GED with college entrance examinations. 

CUNY Office of Academic Affairs

Creative Arts Team (CUNY CAT)

Success by Degrees

Linda Zimmerman
Executive Director
(212) 652-2830

Jane Savitt Tennen
Director of Resource Development
(212) 652-2850

Keith Johnston
Program Director
(212) 652-2835

Success by Degrees, the BMI funded project implemented by the CUNY Creative Arts Team (CUNY CAT), provides students with the opportunity to examine, through an active learning model, issues related to academic and workplace success. Under the guidance of CAT's professional actor/teachers, CUNY students, particularly BMI participants, will engage in a range of strategies and techniques – dramatic vignettes, role-play, tableaux, music, movement, rap, and drama games and exercises – as they explore and practice the habits and habits of mind they need for success in school and in life.

CUNY Office of Academic Affairs

GEAR UP/Middle Grades Initiative 

Ciji Gardner
Director, Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP

Sarah McConnell
Assistant Director
(718) 254-7198

Julia Pujols
Family Outreach Coordinator/BMI Program Coordinator

In the Fall of 2007, CUNY Office of Academic Affairs received in funding from the CUNY Black Male Initiative to pilot the Young Men’s Leadership Institute (YMLI) at South Bronx Preparatory, a CUNY Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP (MGI/GU) partner school.  Based on the success of the pilot program, CUNY MGI/GEAR UP, a college/school consortium project housed in the University’s Office of Academic Affairs Collaborative Programs unit, will expand YMLI to two additional partner colleges and two secondary schools.  The structured mentoring program for 9th-grade Black, Latino, and under-represented male students would be implemented at South Bronx Preparatory (Lehman College), East Side Community High School (Hunter College), and Queens Gateway to the Health Sciences (Queens College).  A comparable program, Young Women’s Leadership Institute (YWLI), was piloted for female students last year and will be included in the expansion.  

The Young Men’s and Women’s Leadership Institutes will be comprised of three primary components:  (1) a group mentoring program; (2) guest speakers’ series; and (3) community service project.

The goals of the YMLI and YWLI remain consistent with those of the pilot program.  The five (5) goals of the Institutes are to: (1) develop students’ academic and personal growth skills; (2) increase students’ awareness of the opportunities offered through College Now; (3) increase the number of Black, Latino, and underrepresented students who enroll in and successfully complete College Now courses and workshops; (4) to maintain high retention rates of students enrolled in the program; and (5) to increase student awareness of careers and college programs in STEM and education.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College

Youth Leadership Model

Christine Mangino
Acting Associate Dean and BMI Director
(718) 518-6753

Rupert Phillips

David Johnson

Sandy Figueroa
(718) 518-6512

Cynthia Jones
(718) 518-6807

The Youth Leadership Model has four goals to: (1) improve retention of Hostos Community College students and increase their graduation rates (with a special attention paid to the graduation rates of male students of color); (2) strengthen academic skills of students at Hostos (with a special attention paid to the academic performance of male students of color); (3) increase the enrollment of males in College Now and provide early intervention for 9th and 10th grade males enrolled in participating high schools and (4) and maintain high retention rates for 6th, 7th  and 8th grade students enrolled at the Hostos Lincoln Academy (the Hostos campus school) to ensure that they move into high school and graduate with college-bound aspirations.  The BMI funded project at Hostos Community College also operates two mentorship programs, Brothers on a New Direction which targets male students and Helping Other People Excel, which focuses on young women.  Several Hostos Community College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.  

Hunter College

Brothers for Excellence

John Rose
Office of the President
(212) 650-3262

Marcia Cantarella

Michael Partis
Coordinator, Black Male Initiative
(212) 650-3458

Brothers for Excellence, the Hunter College Black Male Initiative for Recruitment, Retention and Success, aims to offer historically underrepresented students and black males in particular, a personalized educational experience in which they receive varied forms of support, academic, financial and emotional.  The project offers students academic advisement, mentorship, community-building service experiences, and workshops conducted by the CUNY Creative Arts Team.  Additionally, the project sponsors a number of outreach and diversity recruitment activities. Several Hunter College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.  

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Urban Male Initiative (UMI)

Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Ph.D.
Vice President of Student Development

Maria E. Vidal
Urban Male Initiative Coordinator

Urban Male Initiative (UMI), the BMI funded project at John Jay College, will enhance existing college support programs to specifically target and meet the needs of underrepresented groups. A network of "first responders" from faculty, staff and counselors will work with at risk students, and a career development component will be incorporated. The goal is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who successfully complete a degree program at the college.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Ron H. Brown Pre-Law Program

Jodie G. Roure, J.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department and Project Director and Principal Investigator, John Jay College component Ron Brown Pre-Law Program
Direct line: 212-237-8672 Main office,

Francois Restrepo,
Assistant Director Brown Pre-Law Program

The Ron H. Brown Pre-Law Program is a collaborative program of The Ronald H. Brown Center for Civil Rights and Economic Development of the St. John's University School of Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Department of Latin American and Latina/o Studies/CUNY, Medgar Evers College/CUNY, the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) and York College/CUNY.  It is designed to help increase the representation of underrepresented groups in legal education by providing eligible John Jay students with an intensive summer program in the study of law at St. John’s University School of Law.  CUNY BMI supports that John Jay College component of the Ron H. Brown program; however, students from Medgar Evers College and York College are also eligible to participate in this intensive pre-law program that features, among other benefits, LSAT preparation.

Kingsborough Community College

Men's Resource Center - The Kingsborough Student Leadership Initiative

Paulette Dalpes
Dean of Student Development
(718) 368-5563

Angela Alvarado Coleman
Senior Director of Student Support
(718) 368-5563

Michael Rodriguez
Black Male Initiative Director
(718) 368-5339

The Kingsborough Student Leadership Initiative, the CUNY BMI funded project at KBCC, grew out of an inaugural project begun in the summer of 2006.  The overall goal of the project has remained consistent since its inception to: (1) increase the enrollment of male students representing underserved and underrepresented groups utilizing various enrollment resources, including, but not limited to, local high schools, community based organizations, churches, GED programs, and the Kingsborough Office of Enrollment Management; (2) assist students enrolled in the initiative in accessing the support services offered at the college, including counseling, academic advisement, supplemental instruction, and mentoring.  In addition to the aforementioned goals, the project offers to each student a mentoring component that provides a source of information, informal advisement and role modeling for students.  The project has developed a network of mentors from among Kingsborough faculty and administration who have established supportive relationships with BMI students.  Peer mentors, including BMI alumni, have provided an important source of additional assistance to project enrollees.

During the 2011-12 academic year, emphasis will be placed on activities designed to promote a closer relationship between the project and academic departments and faculty members.  The goal of this new initiative is to ultimately strengthen BMI student relationships with faculty members and promote their pursuit of shared academic and research interests.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College

Empowerment and Success Program for Under-Represented Students

Renee Butler
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
(718) 482-5292

John Baker
Student-Engagement Coordinator
(718) 482-5919

Terik Tidwell
Retention Coordinator
Office of Student Development

The Empowerment and Success Program for Under-Represented Students is modeled to support the retention of students from the perspective of persistence. The project will implement strategies for increasing the retention and course completion rate of underrepresented students by identifying student needs, providing peer-to-peer experiences, mentoring and tutorial/academic interventions.  The project will continue to focus on the following objectives:  (1) identifying students facing academic difficulty through a mid-semester review (Early Alert Program): (2) providing outreach and recommend appropriate intervention strategies and referrals: (3) focusing on supporting ethnic identification, socio-economic/financial issues and addressing educational/ cultural stereotypes; (4) cultivating peer to peer study groups; (5) increase student awareness of personal responsibility in their educational experience and college expectation and offering mentorship. 

Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College

The College Initiative - A University-wide program based at Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College

Michael Carey
Director of the College Initiative
Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College,Division of Adult and Continuing Education
(212) 691-7554

Tanisha J. Miles
Senior Academic Counselor/COPE Coordinator

Charlene Griffin
Data Manager

The College Initiative (CI) is a reentry education project for men and women retuning to the New York City area who want to begin or continue higher education upon release.  At its every core, CI is dedicated to easing the transition from prison by welcoming prospective students to become part of a vibrant learning community.  There is no other program in the New York City area open to all men and women who want to begin or continue higher education upon release whether or not they have had prior college experience.  CI features a free Bridge to College program to prepare students for the CUNY placement examinations. 

CI's mission is: to connect men and women in the New York City area who have been incarcerated or have had involvement with the criminal justice system with opportunities for higher education; to provide a range of academic and support services that promote successful enrollment in college and completion of degrees; to serve as a guiding force for students to realize their full potential as individuals, family members, informed citizens and community leaders.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, CI anticipates a substantial increase in the numbers of students we serve as well as enhancements to the services offered, including: expanded linkages to employment, housing and other services; an expanded Bridge to College program; increased outreach within the prison system and during pre-release planning; and additional tutoring opportunities.

Lehman College

The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP)

John Holloway
Associate Dean
718 960-8242

Michael A. Deas, MSW
Director, The Urban Male Leadership Program
Division of Student Affairs
(718) 960-8151 - Office

Mozelle Goodwin
Program Coordinator
The Urban Male Leadership Program

Prof. Stacey Williams stacey.williams@lehman.cuny.edu

The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) is designed to facilitate the successful transition of first-year and transfer students to Lehman College. The program also provides support to continuing students by strengthening academic skills, personal development, and character enrichment. The program is committed to developing the whole student both in and outside the classroom. The Center seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of all students while fostering a meaningful college experience with specific emphasis on the experiences of historically underrepresented students including African American and Latino males. 

The Urban Male Leadership Program is also committed to working closely with the Division of Enrollment Management to increase outreach and recruitment efforts of Black and Latino males graduating from high schools located in close proximity to Lehman College. Through school visits, on-campus programming, open houses, prospective student receptions and phone outreach/follow-up, the Center hopes to boost the number of applications from populations underrepresented in higher education including African American and Latino males.   

Medger Evers College

The Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC)

Vincent Banray
VP Enrollment Management & Student Support Service
(718) 270-6646

Larry B. Martin 
Project Director             
(718) 270-6405              lmartin@mec.cuny.edu

Paul Washington
(718)270-5074               pwashington@mec.cuny.edu

The Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC) at Medgar Evers College is an academic success initiative designed to counsel and mentor male students who have enrolled at the college. The Center intends to address the area of academic success both directly and indirectly.  Directly by providing mentoring/coaching, training and academic support to students and indirectly by providing group settings for social development and information exchange, as well as cultural enrichment.

The project goals for the 2011-2012 academic year are as follows:

  • Provide coaching and academic support to a cohort of 75 students to realize their education goals.
  • Coordinate four (4) student services related activities aimed at providing academic support and information to students.
  • Coordinate two (2) community service related activities and two (2) cultural activities.
  • Provide leadership/mentoring training to all 75 students.
  • Work in partnership with the School of Science, Health and Technology to provide mentoring/coaching to 25 male STEM discipline students.

Medger Evers College -Targeted GED Program

Educational Ladders Initiative

Jonathan Bissell
Adult & Continuing Education
(718) 804-8848


Ella Russell
Adult & Continuing Education
(718) 804-8873


Educational Ladders Initiative will continue develop an educational pathway for students from underrepresented populations with academic deficits in order to prepare them to pass the GED and enroll in higher education.

Project administrators will continue to empower students with the information needed to succeed through workshops, seminars and mentorship.  A new goal for the 2011-2012 academic year will be mentorship. Tutoring sessions will be transformed into group mentorship sessions. Students will be grouped based on their readiness to pass the GED exam and their aptitude to become college bound. Former students who have successfully completed the program will provide the mentorship through encouragement and assistance with participants’ transition to college. This strategy should help the college increase retention of these students; as well as, foster a positive self image within these individuals.

Additionally, project administrators and instructors will continue to prepare students for the CUNY ACT Tests.

New York City College of Technology

Increasing African American Males and Other Underrepresented Students Success in STEM

Sonja Jackson
Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
(718) 260-5560

Reginald Blake
Associate Professor of Physics
(718) 254 – 8582

Sonia Johnson

This CUNY BMI funded project is designed to increase the enrollment and success of African American males and other underrepresented groups in STEM disciplines.  The New York College of Technology, or City Tech as it is commonly called, has chosen this focus because these disciplines are the institution’s signature programs and because African Americans are notably underrepresented among baccalaureate and advanced degree recipients in these disciplines. Through a coordinated program of enhancements and support, City Tech, high school, and elementary school students interested in STEM will receive the support, encouragement, and enrichment they need. City Tech’s BMI is also quite aware of the acute shortage of African American Males who pursue careers in K-12 education. The project, therefore, develops focused and structured activities that will enhance and encourage City Tech student participation in K-12 and GED teacher/mentor education, especially for STEM courses. Special emphasis is also placed on undergraduate mentoring via STEM research activities. Several City Tech students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.  

Queens College

Excellence through Community, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL)

June Bobb
Assistant Provost
(718) 997-5780

Irving Macario
Academic Advisor
(718) 997-5759

Ronald Sanchez
Project ExCEL
Program Coordinator
(718) 997-5924

Project ExCEL: Excellence through Community, Education, and Leadership: A Collaborative Approach to Ensuring Success for Black Males and Underrepresented Students works with academic departments, programs and support services dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate education and student success, this new project is designed to address issues of equity and inclusion and to mobilize the College community to put in place strategies and practices to address problems of enrollment and retention, and to create a climate of access. Several Queens College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.  

Queensborough Community College

Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success (MALES)

Paul Jean-Pierre
Associate Dean Student Affairs
(718) 631-6314

Warren Soare
College Discovery Director
(718) 631-6210

Brian A. Kerr
Director, Office of Academic Advisement
(718) 281-5483

Wendell Haynes                       (718)281-5174

Queensborough Community College (QCC) has received BMI funding since 2005 to increase the enrollment of and support services for African American Males and other underrepresented groups.  This funding was used to create an initiative, QCC Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success MALES, which has been extremely successful.  Student participants have received mentoring from faculty, peers, and staff; attended workshops related to retention and academic success.

Eight (8) main goals of the QCC MALES Initiative for the 2011-2012 academic year are to: (1) expand counseling and mentoring by both staff, faculty and peer mentors to improve the retention of black males and other underrepresented students; (2) provide direct services, advising, counseling and additional social and academic support to prospective and currently enrolled at risk students; (3) offer career counseling and employment encouragement for black males and under-represented students; (4) increase by 5% the enrollment of underrepresented groups with a particular focus on African American males, Hispanic males and other at risk groups through targeted recruitment efforts; (5) increase the success rates of these newly enrolled students as measured by a 5% increase in the retention rates of first-time, full and part-time freshmen; (6) increase the institution’s long-term awareness of the barriers to enrollment that many black males and other underrepresented groups face; (7) support CUNY’s development of recommendations for colleges across the region and nation regarding the recruitment and enrollment of underrepresented students;(8) offer a new teacher education component, which is described in detail in this proposal. Several Queensborough Community College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.

York College

Men’s Center

Jonathan Quash
Director - York College Male Initiative Program & Men's Center
(718) 262-3772

Thomas Gibson
Assistant Dean
Division of Student Development
(718) 262-2415

The goal of the Male Initiative at York College implemented through the York College Men’s Center is to increase the enrollment of underrepresented groups, particularly African-American male students at York College, and to create an environment to assist these underrepresented students in developing and achieving the academic, personal and professional skills that are needed to succeed in college and beyond.  The CUNY BMI funded project at York College features three (3) main programs: (1) a teacher development initiative, known as the “Back On Track Program,” (2) a recruitment initiative through which York College students, particularly participants in Men’s Center programs, will be conducting workshops at high schools in southeast Queens and (3) a V.I.T.A. Program through which accounting majors and high school students will provide free tax return preparation to low-income residents of southeast Queens. Several York College students have participated in the CUNY BMI Teachers as Leaders Project.

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