The Diverse Male Student Initiative (DMSI) is a college retention program that targets the diverse male population enrolled at Prince George’s Community College. DMSI has three primary goals: 1. Increasing participants’ retention and academic achievement; 2. Developing participants’ self-knowledge, focus, and initiative in plotting and implementing a plan for personal success; and 3. Improving participants’ career readiness. This is accomplished through weekly Gathering of Men workshops, Individual Consultation Sessions, Peer Mentoring, Community Service opportunities, Academic Advising, the Summer Institute and exposure to a variety of cultural activities both on campus and within the community.
Students can participate in the program for two years. The first year is focused on developing a personal vision and setting academic and life goals. The second year is focused on applying the concepts covered in the first year. This involves completing a project-based assignment and, for some, becoming a peer mentor.