Urban Male Initiative (UMI)

Contact Information

UMI Student Resource Center
524 West 59th Street, 
New York, NY 10019
T: 646.557.4557
F: 646.393.6428
E: umi@jjay.cuny.edu  

Office Hours:
Learning Lab L73.01

Mon. - Fri. 9am – 5pm

Student Lounge L74.02
Mon. - Fri. 
10am – 5pm

Resource Room L74.01

Photo Gallery

View Photos of the Peer Advocates Mentoring Program

Questions or Comments with respect to the information presented on this webpage should be directed to Maria Vidal - mvidal@jjay.cuny.edu or 646-557-4557


Our Mission

The Urban Male Initiative (UMI) program provides personal, social, academic and professional support for underrepresented groups, specifically African American and Latino males at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. UMI seeks to increase the retention and graduation rates of these students while fostering a meaningful college experience. The UMI Team encourages its students to continue onto graduate and professional studies after completing their baccalaureate degree. All programs and activities of the Urban Male Initiative are open to all students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin, or other characteristics.

Peer Advocates Mentoring Program

Urban Male Initiative's Peer Advocates Mentoring Program is to empower men of color at John Jay College of Criminal Justice while creating a meaningful college experience. The UMI Peer Advocates have the desire to improve academic performance, retention and the graduation rates of male students of color. Through participation in mentoring activities and support programs, mentors encourage academic excellence, self-esteem and personal growth. Advocates are expected to meet with their assigned mentees at least three times a month on campus during the academic school year. This position requires a nine month commitment during the fall and spring semesters. Advocates will seek to gain a better understanding of their mentees' strengths and weaknesses while facilitating activities towards their success. Some outcomes for mentees include increased self-knowledge and improved self-esteem in social, academic and professional settings and  retention through graduation from John Jay College. 

Apply to be a Peer Advocate Here

Student Opportunities

The UMI team welcomes all students to volunteer in the office. This invitation goes out to both students who receive Federal Work Study and those who do not. Students will be able to build their resume and professional portfolio by completing various administrative tasks.

Academic Advisement

The UMI team has academic advisors trained by The Academic Advisement Center. These advisors are available to meet with UMI students for advisement to ensure academic and personal success. Choosing a major/minor Calculating Credits (i.e. electives) Understanding the college bulletin as well as requirements to achieve baccalaureate degree.