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Wednesday, October 11 • 11:45am - 12:15pm
Implementing Black Male Initiative Programs: A Model for Promoting African-American Male Success at a Metropolitan University (30 mins)

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The impetus behind this presentation is to provide practitioners the transparency of executing a Black Male Initiative and Fellows Program. The Black Male Initiative & Fellows Program (BMI) is a first-year retention program at the University of Central Oklahoma that provides curricular and co-curricular experiences for black males that ensures their success academically, professionally, and socially. During the three years of its existence, BMI has reported a 68% retention rate for first-time, full-time Black male students, a 20% retention increase, as well as a grade point increase of 12% compared to students who are not in the program.

By focusing on the areas of messaging, monitoring, ministering/mentoring and money, The University of Central Oklahoma has created a framework for institutions of higher learning – specifically predominantly white, metropolitan institutions – that could be implemented to combat the social and cultural barriers that African-American males encounter during or before their college experience.

Using Critical Race Theory and Dr. Shaun Harper’s anti-deficit framework as the theoretical structure for the Black Male Initiative program, this presentation will further report the planning for the program, illustrate the significance of recruiting, retaining and graduating Black males and the transformative implications of African-American male success.


MeShawn Conley

Director, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Central Oklahoma

Stevie Johnson

Assistant Director, Diversity & Inclusion, University of Central Oklahoma

Wednesday October 11, 2017 11:45am - 12:15pm MDT
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