AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Prince George's Community College - Diverse Male Student Initiative

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Prince George's Community College - Diverse Male Student Initiative 


Mona Michelle Rock 

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Manager, Diverse Male Student Initiatives 


Prince George's Community College 


301 Largo Road 

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Program Description

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.

Program Services

Academic Advising; Service/Community Learning Opportunities; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

Dr. Charlene Dukes, President of Prince George's Community College, Dr. Tyjaun Lee, vice president for Student Services, and Brian Hamlin acknowledged that college retention rates for diverse males, especially black and Latino males were dropping. The trio began program development and sought funding from the Presidents' Roundtable, the American Association of Community Colleges and Prince George's Community College. Organizers researched best practices and national success stories. Focus groups and on-campus student interviews were conducted that directly spoke to the specific needs of Prince George's Community College students.

Program Funded

Diverse Male Student Initiative is funded by Prince George's Community College and The Maryland Higher Education Commission.

College President and Administrators Involvement

Dr. Charlene Dukes and several college administrators serve on the Diverse Male Student Initiatives Advisory Board to assist with program guidance, resources and development.

Program Success Story

Michael Harley joined the Diverse Male Student Initiative (DMSI) in 2009. Prior to attending Prince George's Community College and based on the academic success of his older siblings, Michael was home-schooled through 12th grade. He eventually selected PGCC because it was a smoother transition from the home school environment and it made financial sense. Harley immediately began to take advantage of the college's student clubs and organizations, joined the track team, Men Moving Forward and DMSI. He joined DMSI because he saw that the organization stood for self-improvement, success, and male empowerment. Michael graduated from Prince George's Community College in 2011 and is majoring in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland, College Park on full scholarship. Since his graduation, Harley has been involved in a routine internship at the University of Arkansas working in the field on nano technology.
Created at 8/13/2012 5:57 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 8/31/2012 12:57 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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