The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) www.cuny.edu/bmi http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html
The City University of New York •
CUNY is the nation’s largest urban public university with twenty-three (23) institutions: eleven (11) senior colleges, six (6) community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, and the Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education.
The University is led by a Chancellor who reports to a Board of Trustees and is appointed by the Governor of the State of New York and the Mayor of the City of New York. The CUNY Chancellor oversees all of the colleges of the CUNY system from the University’s Central Office.
Dr. Matthew Goldstein, Chancellor, The City University of New York (CUNY)
The City University of New York â€˘
The Executive Vice Chancellor and University Provost manages the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs which oversees University policies governing the academic programs of the University and its twentythree (23) colleges and more than a hundred research centers. Among its numerous special programs, the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs is responsible for the development and implementation of The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI).
As the CUNY Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, Dr. Frank D. Sanchez supervises CUNY BMI staff and manages the implementation of the program throughout the University.
Dr. Frank D. Sanchez , Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, The City University of New York (CUNY)
CUNY BMI: History and Purpose - I •
Based on promising models at Medgar Evers College, a CUNY college in central Brooklyn led by President Edison O. Jackson, the University created a BMI program.
In May 2004, the Board of Trustees of The City University of New York unanimously approved its Master Plan for 2004-2008. This comprehensive planning document included for the first time in the University's history a Chancellor's Initiative on the Black Male in Education.
In fall 2004, Chancellor Matthew Goldstein established a University Task Force on the Black Male Initiative. Key faculty members and administrators with relevant I knowledge and expertise were asked to serve on the Task Force.
During the 2005-2006 academic year that funds projects throughout the CUNY system that are designed to increase the enrollment and retention rates of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education. For a detailed explanation of CUNY BMI, including a link to our History and Purpose Statement and a list of BMI campus project directors and campus projects, please visit: http://www.cuny.edu/bmi or http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html
CUNY BMI: History and Purpose - II â€˘
The Task Force was charged with developing recommendations that would include a series of actionoriented projects to help black males overcome the inequalities that lead to poor academic performance in the K12 system, the attendant weak enrollment, retention, and graduation from institutions of higher education, and high rates of joblessness and incarceration.
During its six months of deliberations, the Task Force was presented with convincing evidence that black males in New York City and beyond face patterns of ongoing and distinctive discrimination in many aspects of their lives, most evidently in education, in treatment by the criminal justice system, and in employment.
CUNY BMI: History and Purpose - III •
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In 2005, the CUNY BMI Task Force issued a comprehensive report that listed nine (9) recommendations that should guide CUNY BMI’s work and the program’s agenda. The nine (9) recommendations are: Provide strong University leadership on the challenges facing black youth and men; Strengthen the school-to-college pipeline to enable many more black male students to move into higher education; Increase admission and graduation rates at CUNY colleges; Improve teacher education to prepare professionals for urban education; Improve employment prospects for black males; Contribute to the reduction of the incarceration rate for black men; Establish an Institute for the Achievement of Educational and Social Equity for Black Males; Involve experts in the implementation of the recommendations; and Establish benchmarks and hold Colleges accountable for implementing these recommendations.
CUNY BMI: History and Purpose - IV â€˘ After hearings before the Higher Education Committee of the New York City Council chaired by the Honorable Charles Barron, the University was awarded funding from the New York City Council and began to implement some of the aforementioned recommendations. â€˘ With the generous support of six (6) consecutive grants from the New York City Council, CUNY BMI has created projects throughout the University that provides direct services to CUNY students. Left: Dr. Edison O. Jackson, Former President, Medgar Evers College, The City University of New York Right: Council Member Charles Barron, The New York City Council
CUNY BMI: History and Purpose â€˘
Now, in its sixth year, the CUNY BMI program funds 29 projects throughout the University
Professor Floyd Weatherspoon, Capital University School of Law, and Former Commissioner and Vice Chairman, Ohio Commission on African American Males with Third Annual CUNY BMI Conference participants
CUNY BMI: The Program â€˘ CUNY BMI is a CUNY wide initiative comprised of 29 campus-based BMI projects that are designed to increase the enrollment and retention rates of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education, including African, African American, Caribbean and Latino males. â€˘ Though targeted towards African American males, these 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 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: The Program â€˘
CUNY BMI has funded projects throughout the CUNY system that focus on the following 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.
Tyron Tyler, Student, The New York City College of Technology (City Tech)
CUNY BMI: Leadership
CUNY Central Office Administrators
Frank D. Sanchez –Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Deborah Douglass - Executive Director of Education and Training Opportunity Programs Ian James - VC Office of Student Affairs Liaison to CUNY BMI and University Coordinator for Student Grievances and Inquires
BMI Project Administrators - Senior Colleges •
Baruch College Ben Corpus - Vice President for Student Affairs Huthaifah Kareem - Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Financial Aid Services Angela Anselmo - SEEK Director
BROOKLYN COLLEGE - ERIS Program Noel S. Anderson - Professor, Department of Political Science Joseph Wilson - Professor, Department of Political Science Floyd Patterson - MSW
THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK- Black Male Leadership and Mentorship Program (BMLMP) Claude Brathwaite - Project Administrator, New York City Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Co-Director, Black Studies Program Malita Esnard - BMLMP Program Coordinator
THE CITY COLLEGE OF NEW YORK-Retention, Achievement, & Professionalism Success Institute (RAP-SI) Gordon Thompson - Director of the Black Studies Program
COLLEGE OF STATEN ISLAND- College Success Initiative Debra Evans-Greene - Director, Office of Minority Access Programs and Dean of Science & Technology Office
HUNTER COLLEGE- Brothers for Excellence John Rose - Office of the President Marcia Cantarella - Associate Dean of Student Opportunities Joshua Xavier - Coordinator, Black Male Initiative
JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE- Urban Male Leadership Berenecea Johnson Eanes, Ph.D. - Vice President of Student Development
CUNY BMI Central Administrators Elliott Dawes - University Director, CUNY BMI Jermaine Wright - Associate Director, CUNY BMI Alan Newton - CUNY BMI Research Associate
BMI Project Administrators - Central Office Projects •
CUNY ADULT LITERACY/GED Leslee Oppenheim - Director of Language and Literacy Programs Gayle Cooper-Shpirt - Staff/Curriculum Development /BMI Project Coordinator Frannie Rosenson - Director Brooklyn College Adult Paul Wasserman - ALC Director Lehman College
CUNY CREATIVE ARTS TEAM (CAT) - Success by Degrees Linda Zimmerman - Executive Director Keith Johnston - Program Director
CUNY MIDDLE GRADES INITIATIVE (MGI)/GEAR UP Ciji Gardner - Director, Middle Grades Initiative/GEAR UP Julia Pujols - Family Outreach Coordinator/BMI Program Coordinator
The College Initiative Michael Carey - Director of the College Initiative Benay Rubenstein, Founder of the College Initiative
CUNY BMI: Leadership BMI Project Administrators - Community Colleges •
LEHMAN COLLEGE -Center for Urban Male Leadership (UMLP) John Holloaway - Associate Dean Michael A. Deas, MSW - Director, Urban Male Leadership Program, Division of Student Affairs Stacey Williams, UMLP Academic Advisement, African American Studies Department Mozelle Goodwin, UMLP Coordinator Medgar Evers College Targeted GED Program Male Ladders Educational Initiative Jonathan Bissell, Adult and Continuing Education Ella Russell, Adult and Continuing Education
Medgar Evers College -The Male Development and Empowerment Center (MDEC) Larry B. Martin - Project Director Paul Washington
NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY- STEM Sonja Jackson - Dean of Curriculum and Instruction Reginald Blake - BMI Project Director, Assistant Professor, Physics Department and City Tech Joan Schwartz, BMI Project Coordinator
QUEENS COLLEGE - Excellence, Equity and Inclusion June Bobb - Assistant Provost Irving Macario - Academic Advisor Ronald Sanchez - Project ExCELProgram Coordinator
YORK COLLEGE – Men’s Center Jonathan Quash – Director, York College Male Initiative Program & Men's Center
BOROUGH OF MANHATTAN COMMUNITY COLLEGE (BMCC) Urban Male Leadership Program Michael Gillespie - Associate Dean, Academic Affairs Ashtian Holmes - BMI Coordinator
BRONX COMMUNITY COLLEGE - SLASE George Sanchez, VP of Academic Affairs Bernard J. Gantt – BMI Executive Director , Dean of Enrollment Management Clifford Marshall, II - CR Manager, Director of VA/Director of BMI
HOSTOS COMMUNITY COLLEGE – Youth Leadership Model Weldon C. Williams III - Professor Coordinator, Black Studies Unit Department of Humanities Sandy Figueroa – Professor, Business, Hostos BMI Steering Committee Cynthia Jones – Professor, Humanities, Hostos BMI Steering Committee
KINGSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE- Student Leadership Initiative Paulette Dalpes, Dean for Student Affairs Michael Rodriguez, Student Leadership Initiative
LAGUARDIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE-Empowerment and Success Program Renee Butler - Senior Administrator for Student Affairs John Lee Baker, Jr. - Associate Director of Student Services and Black Male Empowerment and Cooperative Program Facilitator Terik Tidwell - Retention Coordinator Office of Student Development
QUEENSBOROUGH COMMUNITY COLLEGE – MALES Warren Soare - College Discovery Program, BMI Project Director Brian A. Kerr – Director of Office for Academic Advisement Nidia Gonzalez – Academic Advising, BMI Project Coordinator
CUNY BMI: Leadership BMI Project Administrators – Access to Graduate and Professional School Opportunities •
CUNY GRADUATE CENTER Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP) Donald Robotham, Professor of Anthropology and Executive Officer, OEODP
CUNY LAW SCHOOL - Pipeline to Justice Mary Lu Bilek - Associate Dean and Professor of Law
JOHN JAY COLLEGE OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE - Ron Brown Pre-Law Program Jodie G. Roure, J.D., Ph.D. - Project Director , Assistant Professor, Latin American and Latina/o Studies Department and Principal Investigator Francois Restrepo, Assistant Director Brown Pre-Law Program
SOPHIE DAVIS SCHOOL OF BIOMEDICAL EDUCATION THE CITY COLLEGE - Medical Career Success Program Jerrold Erves - Associate Director of Admissions
CUNY students at graduation
Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs
CUNY BMI Central CUNY BMI Central
Executive Director Executive Director COPE/POISED COPE/POISED University Director CUNY BMI University Director CUNY BMI
Associate Director CUNY BMI Associate Director CUNY BMI
Research Associate Research Associate
Program Manager CUNY BMI/TALP Program Manager CUNY BMI/TALP
Teacher Development Teacher Development
Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP)
V C Liaison to CUNY BMI V C Liaison to CUNY BMI
Enrollment/ Enrollment/ AcademicSuccess Success Academic Baruch BMI Baruch BMI
TargetedGED GED Targeted
BMCC –Urban Male Leadership BMCC –Urban Male Leadership Academy Academy
BCC – SLASE BCC – SLASE
Brooklyn College - ERIS Brooklyn College - ERIS
City College- BMLMP City College- BMLMP
City College- RAPSI City College- RAPSI
CSI - College Success Initiative CSI - College Success Initiative
CUNY CAT- Success by Degrees CUNY CAT- Success by Degrees
CUNY MGI/ GEAR UP CUNY MGI/ GEAR UP
Hostos BMI Hostos BMI
Hunter- Brothers for Excellence Hunter- Brothers for Excellence
JJC- UML JJC- UML
KBCC- Student Leadership Initiative KBCC- Student Leadership Initiative
LaGuardia/ BMI LaGuardia/ BMI BMEC BMEC
Lehman - Urban Male Leadership Lehman - Urban Male Leadership Program Program
Medgar Evers - MDEC Medgar Evers - MDEC
NYCCT- STEM NYCCT- STEM
QC– –ExCel ExCel QC
QCC- MALES QCC- MALES
York College – Men’s Center York College – Men’s Center
Professional Professional /GraduateAccess Access /Graduate
ReentryProgram Program Reentry
CUNY Adult Literacy/GED CUNY Adult Literacy/GED
City College- Sophie Davis City College- Sophie Davis
Medgar Evers – Ladders Initiative Medgar Evers – Ladders Initiative
CUNY Graduate Center-OEODP CUNY Graduate Center-OEODP
CUNY Law Pipeline to Justice CUNY Law Pipeline to Justice
JJC-Ron Brown Pre-Law Program JJC-Ron Brown Pre-Law Program
The College Initiative The College Initiative
CUNY BMI: Core Areas • Enrollment/Success • Graduate /Professional School Opportunities • Targeted GED • Teacher Awareness • Reentry Program
Professor Kwando Kinshasa, African American Studies Department, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, The City University of New York
The campus-based BMI projects involved in this core area are: Senior Colleges Baruch- SEEK Program Brooklyn College – ERIS City College - Black Male Leadership and Mentorship Program (BMLMP) City College - Retention, Achievement, Professionalism Success Institute (RAP-SI) College of Staten Island - College Success Initiative: Learning by Teaching Hunter College - Brothers for Excellence John Jay College - Urban Male Leadership (UML) Lehman College - Urban Male Leadership Program (UMLP) Medgar Evers College - Male Development & Empowerment Center (MDEC) New York City College of Technology - STEM Queens College - Project ExCEL York College - Men's Center Community Colleges Borough of Manhattan Community College - Urban Male Leadership Academy Bronx Community College - Student Leadership Academy for Social Entrepreneurs (SLASE) Hostos Community College - Youth Leadership Model Kingsborough Community College - Student Leadership Initiative LaGuardia Community College - Empowerment and Success Program for Underrepresented Groups Queensborough Community College – MALES CUNY Central Office CUNY Creative Arts Team (CAT) CUNY Middle Grades Initiative - GEAR UP
Graduate /Professional School Opportunities
The campus-based BMI projects involved in this core area are: Senior Colleges John Jay College - Latin American and Latina/o Studies Ron Brown Summer Pre-Law Program for Undergraduates Sophie Davis School of Biomedical Education, The City College - Medical Career Success Program CUNY Graduate and Professional Schools CUNY Graduate Center - Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity Programs (OEODP) CUNY School of Law - Pipeline to Justice
Targeted GED â€˘ Gives individuals without a high school diploma an opportunity to enroll in GED courses oriented towards college preparation. Senior College Medgar Evers College - GED/Educational Ladders Initiative CUNY Central Office CUNY Adult Literacy/GED Program
Teacher Awareness Teachers as Leaders Project â€˘
With the generous support of the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation and The Schott Foundation for Public Education , CUNY BMI has created the Teachers as Leaders Project (TALP) which offers CUNY students: (1) full scholarships; (2) New York State Teacher Certification Examination (NYSTCE) workshops; (3) career development and public policy workshops; (4) clinical education experiences and (5) mentorship from current and former New York City public school teachers. The campuses that are involved in TALP are: Senior Colleges Brooklyn College City College College of Staten Island Hunter College Medgar Evers College New York City College of Technology Queens College York College Community Colleges Borough of Manhattan Community College Professor Floyd Weatherspoon delivers morning keynote address at the Bronx Community College Third Annual CUNY BMI Conference held at Medgar Evers College on October 3, 2008. Queensborough Community College
Reentry Program The College Initiative • Provides support for formerly incarcerated individuals to enroll in college. • College Initiative, A College Access and Reentry Program based at LaGuardia Community College. • www.collegeinitiative.org
CUNY BMI: Program Components • Diversity Recruitment Involves strategies that increase enrollment of underrepresented students in higher education, including African American males. • Structured Mentorship/Tutoring Mentorship can include both peer advisors and faculty/ administrators. • Academic Programming University-wide and campus based projects provide an additional lay of support in the form of academic programming, workshops, and lending libraries.
CUNY BMI: Goals • • • • • •
Increase the recruitment of underrepresented students. Increase retention of underrepresented students. Increase the course completion rate of underrepresented students. Reduce the number of class withdrawals for underrepresented students. Improve the overall grade point average of underrepresented students. Increase the graduation rate of underrepresented students.
CUNY students at graduation
The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) www.cuny.edu/bmi http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html