CUNY Black Male Initiative
UMI Student Resource Center
524 West 59th Street,
New York, NY 10019
Learning Lab L73.01
Mon. - Fri. 9am – 5pm
Student Lounge L74.02
Mon. - Fri. 10am – 5pm
Resource Room L74.01
CUNY BMI Mission Statement
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.
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CUNY BMI - Brief Program Description
Based on promising models at Medgar Evers College, a CUNY college in central Brooklyn, the University created CUNY BMI during the 2005-2006 academic year as a CUNY Central Office program that funds projects throughout the University that are designed to increase the enrollment, retention and graduation rates of students from underrepresented groups. Though targeted towards African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males and other underrepresented groups, CUNY BMI projects do not discriminate based on race or gender and will serve as models for improving educational outcomes of all students. 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.
CUNY BMI Vision Statement
CUNY BMI’s vision is to create model projects throughout the University that are intended to provide additional layers of academic and social support for students from populations that are severely underrepresented in higher education, particularly African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males. It is expected that this program activity will be institutionalized and absorbed into academic departments and student affairs offices throughout the University for the benefit of students from underrepresented populations including African, African American/Black, Caribbean, and Latino/Hispanic males and, ultimately, all CUNY students.
To realize this vision, CUNY BMI has funded student development projects throughout the CUNY system since the 2005-2006 academic year with the generous support of eight (8) consecutive grants from The New York City Council. These CUNY BMI funded projects focus on the following six (6) program areas:
(1) Increasing enrollment of diverse populations through diversity recruitment;
(2) Promoting academic success and improving retention and graduation rates through structured mentorship programs and the development of academic learning communities;
(3) Facilitating access to higher education for students who have fallen out of the traditional K-12 education pipeline to college through support of targeted GED programs;
(4) Exposing CUNY students to graduate and professional school opportunities;
(5) Supporting reentry programs that assist formerly incarcerated individuals in making the transition to higher education, and
(6) Encouraging CUNY students, particularly African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males, to pursue careers as New York City public school teachers.