Through its focus on one of the most severely underrepresented populations in higher education, The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) represents one important expression of CUNY's commitment to access and diversity. As a CUNY-wide initiative, CUNY BMI's mission is to create model student development projects throughout the University that provide direct services to CUNY students in a coordinated effort that is intended to increase, encourage, and support the inclusion and educational success of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, in particular African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males. Although CUNY BMI funded projects target these under represented groups, no project supported by CUNY BMI will discriminate on the basis of race or gender and all projects will serves as models for improving educational outcomes for all students.
The BMI project at Baruch has launched various activities under the umbrella of BMI. These include:
BMI Transfer Student Bridge Program with Borough of Manhattan Community College
The BMI Transfer Student Bridge is a pipeline program that enables under represented males who are enrolled at BMCC and wish to pursue a bachelor's degree at Baruch to make a smooth transition when they transfer to Baruch. BMCC students work with staff at BMCC as well as at Baruch who guide them with curricular advisement, the transfer process and academic support while at BMCC and later when they transfer to Baruch. Students are invited to orientation sessions as well as professional and personal development workshops at BMCC and Baruch. Interested BMCC students can contact Ashtian Holmes. Students in College Discovery can contact Adrian Solomon or Nelson Izquierdo.
Percy E. Sutton SEEK Urban Male Leadership Academy
The Percy E. Sutton Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) aims to empower and support young Black and Latino male students through rigorous academic and personal support over the course of their college careers. UMLA provides mentoring, networking, and leadership opportunities to its students. (Watch video to learn more.)
Collaborations with Student Clubs and Organizations
BMI partners with black student clubs and organizations to support them in planning, promoting and implementing educational, career, and social events with their own unique voice and perspective. It is our hope that students will feel empowered as they learn the value of collective action and collaboration thereby building a strong Black community on campus. This will add to the richness and diversity of Baruch's community.
BMI Faculty and Staff Advisory Board
This advisory board consists of faculty and staff at Baruch who are aligned with the aims and purpose of BMI. Advisory board members have volunteered their time to serve as student mentors, faculty advisors to clubs, BMI advocates, and members of the Black History month Planning committee.