AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Male Empowerment Network (MEN)

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Male Empowerment Network (MEN) 


Ray Ostos  

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Dr. Ray 

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District Director for Student Affairs 


Maricopa Community Colleges  


2411 West 14th Street 

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Program Description

The Male Empowerment Network (MEN) provides a multi-faceted approach to support the academic success of minority male students. MEN goals are to increase the retention, graduation,and transfer rates; connect minority male students with academic and professional support resources and services; and to create a culture of leadership, success, and empowerment.

MEN Chapters have been established at each of the 10 Maricopa Community Colleges. The Chapters are led by student officers and supported by a MEN adviser. The MEN Advisor Council meets monthly to share best practices, develop programming, and guide the program. MEN Chapters meet regularly to host/participate in activities aligned with the programmatic themes of Empowerment, Engagement, Academic Success, Leadership, and Brotherhood.

Program Services

Academic Advising; College Survival Skills; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

In 2008, the Minority Male Initiative (MMI) was created to improve the retention and degree completion rates of minority male students attending the Maricopa Community Colleges. National and local data indicated that minority males are not attending and/or graduating from college at the same rate as their femaleor male counterparts.

In 2013, the MMI program was redesigned to provide a more structured and outcome-based approach to better support our students. The DistrictOffice of Student Affairs collaborated with the ten colleges to establish Male Empowerment Network (MEN) Chapters at each site. The MEN Chapters are led by student officers and supported by a staff adviser(s).
MEN provides a multi-faceted approach to support the academic success of our minority male students. The primary goals of MEN are to:
• Increase the access, persistence, and graduation rate of
minority male students
• Connect students with academic and professional support
• Create a culture of success and empowerment

Program Funded

MEN receives institutional funding to support events, meetings, and activities including the annual MEN Student Leadership Conference and MEN Induction Ceremony.

College President and Administrators Involvement

The MMI program was established through the leadership of Dr. Maria Harper-Marinick, Chancellor of the Maricopa Community Colleges. The program is provided guidance and support by Felicia Ganther the Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs.  The Associate Vice Chancellor works with the Vice Presidents for Student Affairs at each of the 10 colleges to keep them informed on MEN and to seek their support on MMI events and activities.

Program Success Story

•The MENs pilot cohort has proven that creating an environment, where male students can express their needs, and ask for help can make a difference both to the individual lives of the students and to the MCCCD marginalized male community as a whole.
In focus groups conducted with all MEN Chapters, students:
•described their MEN chapter as a “brotherhood,” a “united front,” a “supportive group,” a “family.
•shared that their chapters are a safe environment for them to articulate the challenges they experience.
•felt their MEN chapter created connections to their community college.
•Indicated that they had the confidence to access and utilize college support resources
Created at 5/23/2013 6:31 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 10/7/2016 1:18 PM  by System Account 
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