Since 2009, the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative has worked to improve the successful transition, retention and graduation of black male students in the collegiate environment.
Leaving home and transitioning into a predominately white collegiate environment can be especially challenging for our young black men. Each year, 30 freshmen are chosen to participate in the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative. Throughout the year, the students engage in leadership activities, networking events and community service opportunities. Additionally, support from the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative Leadership team, which includes graduate assistants, teaching assistants and peer mentors, provide our freshmen with a solid foundation to excel during their time at the University of Missouri.
In 2015, the Mizzou Black Men's Initiative was awarded the Outstanding Men’s Program for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA), and the Outstanding Program by the University of Missouri Division of Student Affairs. The program was also featured in the St. Louis American newspaper in the summer of 2015.
Gifts to the Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative will help expand the program and ensure we are offering these diligent and hardworking young men the best college experience possible.