2013-2014 Funded Projects

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative

Summary of Funded Projects 2013-2014

With a ninth 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 four (4) 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 - Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA); Coalition of Black Clubs

Angela Anselmo,
Director of BMI
(646) 312-4628

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

Timothy London
Assistant Director of Baruch BMI
(646) 312-4622

Rebecca Quainoo
SEEK Counselor
Assistant Director of Baruch BMI

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 underrepresented males who are currently enrolled at Borough of Manhattan community college 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. The third focus is on supporting students from underrepresented groups at Baruch College such as Bridge students once they are accepted to Baruch. 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
(212) 220-8323

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 the academic year 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

Future Now

Elizabeth Payamps
Director, Future Now at Bronx Community College
(718) 289-5852

Claudia B. Ramirez
Assistant Director, Future Now at Bronx Community College
(718) 289-5850

The mission of Future Now at Bronx Community College is to assist GED students in making successful transitions into as well as persisting through college. The goal is to empower out-of-school and formerly incarcerated youths, by facilitating the most effective support systems that will allow them to complete their high school education requirements, transition into post-secondary education, and graduate in a timely manner with a college degree.

Future Now uses “Community Mentoring” as an effective support system, where peer mentors provide tutoring and counseling to current GED students and to current BCC college students.

Bronx Community College

Leadership Empowerment Network (LEN) formerly The Student Leadership Academy for Social Entrepreneurs (SLASE)

Melissa Kirk
Director of Student Life
(718) 289-5193

Kimberly Roberts
Director of BMI
(718) 289-3732

Dwayne Brown BMI

The mission of BCC BMI Leadership Empowerment Network (LEN) formerly The Student Leadership Academy for Social Entrepreneurs (SLASE) program is to recruit, retain and graduate Black and Latino males. The program aims to equip students with the skills, vision, and long-range plan for obtaining an Associate’s Degree and beyond.  The focus is on the academic, professional and personal development of each student; to build leadership, to improve Bachelor’s degree attainment, employment prospects, to address issues in the community, as well as build a network among the students, faculty and staff that will help members reach their academic and life goals.

Brooklyn College

BC Bound: GED to Degree

Sharona Levy
Acting Associate Provost for Academic
(718) 951-5771

The BC Bound: GED to Degree Program is designed to provide students who have received a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) with the opportunity to attend Brooklyn College as a first-time freshmen. Students earning their GED with minimum scores of 500 in the Writing and Mathematics portions and an overall GED score of 2,700 or more are eligible for this program. BC Bound will give students the opportunity to take full-time coursework towards their bachelor’s degree by providing the students with academic advisement, tutoring and peer mentoring via a specially-designed 12-credit Learning Community (LC) consisting of INDS 1011 (Foundations for College Success), ENGL 1010 (English Composition 1), MATH 1021 (PreCalculus A), a Pathways General Education course, and another course (e.g., an elective or introductory course in the major).

Students must meet with an advisor throughout the semester and attend 20 hours of tutoring, to continue at Brooklyn College students will need to pass both ENGL 1010 and MATH 1021 with a grade of “C” or better and have an overall CPA of 2.0 or better. Students who are not successful will be individually counseled on their options at other CUN’Y colleges.

Brooklyn College

Brooklyn College’s Black & Latino Male Initiative (BLMI) formerly E.R.I.S. (Empowering, Recruiting, Investing and Supporting)

Terrence Cheng
Associate Provost/Assistant VP
(718) 951-5771

Robert Scott
Liaison for Campus & Community Partnerships
(718) 951-5766

Nicole St.Clair
Assistant Director of First College Year Programs Brooklyn College, CUNY
(718) 951-577

Lawrence Patterson,
Workshop and Mentorship Coordinator
(718) 951-5766

The CUNY BMI funded project at Brooklyn College entitled Brooklyn College’s Black & Latino Male Initiative (BLMI) formerly E.R.I.S. (Empowering, Recruiting, Investing and Supporting) is a Campus Community Approach to Academic Access and Personal Success of Underrepresented Groups.

The goals for BLMI include:

Goal 1: BLMI seeks to create a community on campus where students feel academically and socially supported, especially for Black and Latino men
Goal 2: BLMI seeks to increase the retention, graduation rates and GPA for Black and Latino male students
Goal 3: BLMI seeks to increase their engagement in academic and leadership workshops/seminars and high impact learning practices.
Goal 4: BLMI seeks to increase campus awareness of and involvement in the initiative
Goal 5: BLMI seeks to implement a Learning Community with General Education courses focused on the Urban Experience.

City College of New York

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

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

Nadine Bennett and Vanessa Sanchez
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
RAP-SI Director
(212) 650-8549

Trevaughn Bynum
RAP-SI Program Coordinator
(212) 650-5100

Chuck Frye
RAP-SI Student Activities Coordinator
(212) 650-7914

Geraldo Ramirez
RAP-SI Program Assistant
(212) 650-5253

Ted Dorset
RAP-SI Retention Specialist
(212) 650-5394

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

Maurizio Trevisan
(212) 650-5275

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

Jerrold Erves
Associate Director of Admissions/BMI Director
(212) 650-7707

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

A. Ramona Brown
Vice President of Student Affairs
(718) 982-4122

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

Alicia Murray
OASP / BMI Project Coordinator
(718) 982-2571

Olaniran Asanbe
OASP / BMI Support Staff
(718) 982-2005
Fax: (718) 982-2616

The College Success Initiative: Learning by Teaching program has both high school and college students participating in Mathematics, Science and English Language arts tutorial program; The students are from Curtis and Port Richmond high school and CSI BMI. The project has three (3) primary and two (2) secondary goals.  The primary goals are: (1) promoting academic success; (2) diversity recruitment or increasing enrollment of students from underrepresented populations through pipeline to college programs; (3) 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 has created an academic Learning Community to support students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education and to strengthen the programs in the Office of Access and Success.

CUNY Black Male Initiative – Central

Teachers as Leaders Project

Elliott Dawes
University Director, CUNY BMI
(646) 664-8851

Jermaine Wright
Associate Director, CUNY BMI
(646) 664-8852

Alan Newton
Research Associate, CUNY BMI
(646) 664-8853

With a ninth 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 four (4) 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.

CUNY Fatherhood Academy

Deborah Douglass
Executive Director, ETOP
(646) 664-8019

Program staff:

Beth Lord  blord@lagcc.cuny.edu
Raheem Brooks  rbrooks@lagcc.cuny.edu
David Speal dspeal@lagcc.cuny.edu

The CUNY Fatherhood Academy (“CFA” or “the Academy”) is a holistic program model designed to promote responsible parenting and foster economic stability for young fathers.  While increased parental engagement, GED completion and employment are important goals, the central focus of the program is to encourage fathers to prepare for, enroll in, and graduate from college with the understanding that a college degree is the most effective means to provide long term economic support for themselves and their families.

The Academy serves young fathers, age 18 – 24 in a sixteen week program that meets three days per week.  Services start with a three -week Boot Camp of up to 50 participants, with the goal of selecting 40 to join the Academy.  Of the 40 finalists, 10-15 may be high school graduates or GED holders.  The program offers 15 hours per week of on-campus activities consisting of 9 hours of academic instruction (GED prep or college prep), and 6 hours of parenting and personal development workshops, including a men’s support group.  Fathers also have the opportunity to be placed in part-time employment or internships for 15 to 20 hours per week.  The program is managed out of the CUNY Central Office and implemented at LaGuardia Community College’s Division of Adult and Continuing Education.

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

Widening the Doors to Academia Project

Herman Bennett
Executive Officer, Officer of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs, OEODP/BMI Project Director
(212) 817-8435

Alida Rojas
Assistant Program Officer
(212) 817-7540

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

Cheryl Howard
Program Director
(718) 340-4487

Ryan Dooley
Pipeline to Justice Assistant
(718) 340-4188

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
(212) 794-5427

Kate Brandt,
Professional Development Coordinator (212) 541-0399 kate.brandt@mail.cuny.edu

Frannie Rosenson
Director, Brooklyn College Adult
(718) 951-4117

Jaye Jones, PhD
ALC Director, Lehman College
(718) 960-2460

Two campus-based adult literacy programs, at Brooklyn College and Lehman College, developed 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 programs, served as a pilot that extended to other CUNY literacy/GED programs.  Additionally, the project has focused 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

Keith Johnston
Program Director
(212) 652-2835

Aabha Adhiya
Grants and Development Manager
(212) 652-2812

David Mitnowsky
Operations Manager
(212) 652-2817 David.Mitnowsky@mail.cuny.edu

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 interactive learning model, issues related to healthy social, academic and workplace achievement. Under the guidance of CAT's professional actor/teachers, CUNY students, particularly BMI participants, engage in a range of theatrical strategies and techniques –– as they explore choices, decisions and consequences related to life challenges.  Success by Degrees provides a safe space for students to voice, practice and discover the skills to succeed.

Project CHANGE, the BMI funded structured mentorship project, brings 20 students from CUNY’s York and Medgar Evers Colleges together to use interactive drama as the starting point for a multifaceted campaign to generate broad-based community support for comprehensive sexual health education and health care services for young people.

CUNY Office of Academic Affairs

Collaborative Programs

Young Men’s/Women’s Leadership Academy (YM/WLI)

Sarah McConnell
Assistant Director
(718) 254-7198 Sarah.mcconnell@mail.cuny.edu  

Julia Pujols
Family Outreach Coordinator/BMI Program Coordinator
(718) 254-7179

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 created for female students. 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

Brothers on a new direction (bond)

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

David Johnson
Director of Early College

Brothers on a New Direction  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.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College

Hostos College Initiative Summer Program

Sandy Figueroa
(718) 518-6512

The program will be sited at Hostos, thus allowing the students to receive an orientation to college life, and combined academic and non-academic preparation, aiming at not only preparing students for the CUNY placement tests but also preparing them for a successful college career.

Objectives of the Hostos College Initiative 2014 Summer Program:

To pass at least one of the CUNY placement exams;

To structure the program so that students can participate without fear of compromising their other commitments, such as work or parole or probation supervision;

To create a transportable model that can be implemented on other CUNY community colleges and beyond.

Hunter College

Brothers for Excellence

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

Marcia Cantarella

Shawn Best
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 subject matter experts as well as the CUNY Creative Arts Team. Additionally, the project sponsors a number of outreach and diversity recruitment activities.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice



Anne JacobsDirector of the Prisoner Reentry Institute
(646) 557- 4532

Michael Carey
Executive Director of the College Initiative
(347) 998-5861

Charlene Griffin
Data Manager
(347) 871-0215

Ray Tebout
Director of Counseling and Mentoring
(347) 450-8214

College Initiative (CI) is a community of successful, positive and supportive students, alumni and staff dedicated to creating pathways from criminal justice involvement to college and beyond.  CI is dedicated to creating life-changing college opportunities for men and women in New York City with criminal history and a high school diploma or GED. CI's mission is: To create pathways from criminal justice involvement to college and beyond and to establish and support communities invested in their own success. The work reflects a deep passion and strategic commitment to empowering men and women involved in the criminal justice system to become stabilizing forces in their communities, advocates for change, role models and engaged citizens working for a safer New York City.

Central to CI's model is a collaborative and evolutionary approach to program design that captures the collective intelligence and experience of CI's community. Using this approach, CI develops transportable strategies, tools, relationships and networks aimed at increasing students' resilience in navigating barriers and challenges on the pathway into and through higher education.In the process, CI generates and elevates the work of transformative leaders, from formerly incarcerated students to peer mentors to program staff to faculty to university and community administrators – committed to building the pathway from criminal justice to college.

CI's strategies include: outreach and recruitment, including on-site presentations at correctional facilities and correspondence with those preparing for release; orientation and assessment, including an overview of the program and baseline testing of academic skills; academic and social preparation including tutoring, and a college preparation program; academic and financial aid counseling and referrals to other reentry services; scholarships; and a student-designed peer mentoring program that has been used as a national model.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

The Ron H. Brown Law School Prep Program

Lisandro Perez
Chair/Professor Latin American and Latina/o Studies

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
(212) 237-8710

The Ron H. Brown Law School Prep 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.

John jay college  of criminal justice


Lynette Cook-Francis
Vice President of Student Development

Kenneth Holmes
Dean of Students
(212) 237.8211

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.

Kingsborough Community College

Men's Resource Center - The Kingsborough Student Leadership Initiative

Peter Cohen
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
(718) 368-5563       

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

Brian Mitra,
Director of Career Development, Transfer/New Start, and Scholarship Opportunities
(718) 368-5115

The Kingsborough Student Leadership Initiative, the CUNY BMI funded project at KBCC, grew out of an inaugural project that began 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 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

Terik Tidwell
BMI Project Associate Director Engagement Manager
(718) 482-5175

Andrew Russell
BMI Program Coordinator
(718) 482-5175

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.

Lehman College

The Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP)

John Holloway
Associate Dean
(718) 960-8242 john.holloway@lehman.cuny.edu

Michael A. Deas, MSW
Director, The Urban Male Leadership Program
Division of Student Affairs
(718) 960-8802 michael.deas@lehman.cuny.edu

Mozelle Goodwin
Program Coordinator
The Urban Male Leadership Program 

Dwight Stephenson, MSW
Outreach and Diversity Recruiter
(718) 960-8801 dwight.stephenson@lehman.cuny.edu  

Julette Sanchez
Academic Intervention and Success Coordinator

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.

Medgar Evers College

The Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC)

Vincent Banrey
VP Enrollment Management & Student Support Service
(718) 270-6046

Larry B. Martin
Project Director
(718) 270-6405

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 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.
Medgar 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

Dr. Bonne August
Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs
(718) 260-5560

Pamela Brown
Associate Provost

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

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.

Queens College

Excellence through Community, Education, and Leadership (ExCEL)

June Bobb
Assistant Provost
(718) 997-5780

Emmanuel Thelusma
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.

Queensborough Community College

Men Achieving and Leading in Excellence and Success (MALES)

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

Gisela Rivera
Project Director
(718) 6281-5749

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 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.

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.