AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Eastfield College - M.A.L.E.S. Mentoring & Retention Program

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Eastfield College - M.A.L.E.S. Mentoring & Retention Program 


Dawna Wilson 

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Professor of Speech Communication 


Eastfield College  


3737 Motley Drive 

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Program Description

The Men’s Achievement, Leadership, Empowerment, & Service (M.A.L.E.S.) Mentoring & Retention Program supports the Dallas County Community College District’s (DCCCD)“Men of Color” Initiative, aimed at increasing the graduation rates of African-American & Latino male students within the DCCCD. M.A.L.E.S promotes student success and engagement through mentorship, interpersonal relationships, community outreach and service, campus programs, and out-of-town conference attendance.Participation is open to all male students who:1. Are currently enrolled at EFC2. Complete the on-line application or you can complete an application in person at a scheduled MEC meeting.3. Pay your club dues of $20 per year (this fee is only for students who join the club).

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Mentoring; Leadership and Professional Development 

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Program Initiated

The M.A.L.E.S Mentoring Program was initiated at Eastfield College to encourage male achievement, leadership, empowerment, and service.  The program was initiated by Courtney Brazile, Speech Faculty and Romilio Castillo, our campus’ previous Upward Bound Director.  Our vision is to provide mentoring and support to male students, while helping them develop personally and professionally as future college graduates.  Our mission is to engage and retain male students by involving them academically, socially, culturally, and professionally in their campus and the community.  The students in the program are encouraged to join the Men’s Empowerment Coalition, a student organization that meets weekly and provides applicable workshops that will enhance the personal growth of the male participants.  The program specifically addresses the unique needs of African-American and Latino male students.

Program Funded

The program is funded by the campus’ Office of Student Engagement & Retention (OSER).  The OSER office generally funds travel opportunities for students in the program to attend national conferences such as the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference at Texas A & M University—and the Black Brown and College Bound Summit in Tampa.

College President and Administrators Involvement

Dr. Jean Conway, president of Eastfield College, meets with the M.A.L.E.S Program advisor every year to discuss the itemized budget request for travel and other expenses needed to sustain the program.  The president and campus administration schedule time to visit Men’s Empowerment meetings when the group host special programs and/or speakers.

Program Success Story

M.A.L.E.S. is an Eastfield student organization focused on strengthening a student’s skills so they can become better leaders. As part of the club, students have the opportunity to participate in multiple community activities and events.  This past January, I, along with other group members and Professor Courtney Brazile and Professor Brett Wilkinson attended a national conference at Texas A&M University. In the workshops we learned from different professionals who shared their knowledge and skills about various topics with students. Some of the topics included were, personal power, college education tips, the value of networking, and obviously leadership, among others. The presenters were prepared and knew how to connect with us to get their message across, which differed depending on the workshop. Furthermore, the group managed to speak personally with some of the speakers while receiving advice, and a method of keeping in touch like their email or website. On a personal note, I met Miss Jacqueline Twillie, a federal contractor from Atlanta, Georgia, whose workshop “The Secret World of Savvy Networking” educated me on the power of networking, showing the class how to put it to use in our careers to build relationships with professionals that are ultimately beneficial.
Created at 5/3/2016 10:15 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 5/3/2016 1:55 PM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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