The Black Male Initiative Program (BMI) provides African American/black males and other underrepresented populations, as well as all interested students, with mentoring and advising services that will contribute to their academic and professional success on campus.
What we do: The BMI program at Queens College takes a collaborative approach to ensuring academic success. This initiative brings together faculty, staff, and administrators from offices and support programs across the campus to address the college's lack of a critical mass of black male and other underrepresented students.
How we do it: BMI implements specific recruitment strategies, providing mentoring in the key areas of academic and personal development--including career identification--and fostering a community of support across the campus.
CUNY BMI History and Purpose: In May 2004, the Board of Trustees of the City University of New York unanimously approved its Master Plan 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 its final report to the chancellor, the task force made nine major recommendations:
- 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.