AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI)

Program Name

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI) 

Submitter

Jermaine  

First Name

Wright  

Last Name

Wright  

Contact Title

University Director, CUNY Black Male Initiative  

College

The City University of New York (CCNY)  

Address

CUNY Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI)  

Address 2

The City College of New York (CCNY), 160 Convent  

City

160 Convent Avenue at 138th Street, New York City  

State

NY 

Zip

10031 

Email

jermaine.wright@cuny.edu 

Phone

212 650 8294 

Phone Ext

 

Fax

 

Program URL

http://www.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html 

Program Description

Based on promising models at Medgar Evers College, a CUNY college in central Brooklyn, the University created a BMI program during the 2005-2006 academic year that funds projects throughout the CUNY system that are designed to increase the enrollment and retention rates of students from groups that are severely underrepresented in higher education including African American males.  Through its focus on one of the most severely underrepresented populations in higher education, CUNY BMI represents one expression of CUNY’s commitment to access and diversity.  Though targeted towards African American males and other underrepresented groups, CUNY BMI projects do not discriminate based on race or gender and will serve as models for improving educational outcomes of all students.  All programs and activities of the Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic.

CUNY BMI - Program Areas
With the generous support of five (5) consecutive grants from the New York City Council, CUNY BMI has funded projects throughout the CUNY system that focus on the following six (6) areas:
1.Increasing enrollment of diverse populations through diversity recruitment;
2.Promoting academic success and improving retention and graduation rates through structured mentorship programs and the development of academic learning communities;
3.Facilitating access to higher education for students who have fallen out of the traditional K-12 education pipeline to college through support of targeted GED programs;
4.Exposing CUNY students to graduate and professional school opportunities;
5.Supporting reentry programs that assist formerly incarcerated individuals in making the transition to higher education, and
6.Encouraging CUNY students, particularly African American, Caribbean and Latino males, to pursue careers as New York City public school teachers.

CUNY BMI – Recommendations of the CUNY BMI Task Force
– September 2005
The aforementioned six (6) program areas represent the implementation of recommendations made by the CUNY BMI Task Force organized in 2004 by Chancellor Matthew Goldstein, through the CUNY Office of Academic Affairs.  In 2005, the CUNY BMI Task Force issued a comprehensive report that listed nine (9) recommendations that should guide CUNY BMI’s work and the program’s agenda.  The nine (9) recommendations are:
1. Provide strong University leadership on the challenges facing black youth and men;
2.Strengthen the school-to-college pipeline to enable many more black male students to move into higher education;
3.Increase admission and graduation rates at CUNY colleges;
4.Improve teacher education to prepare professionals for urban education;
5.Improve employment prospects for black males;
6.Contribute to the reduction of the incarceration rate for black men;
7.Establish an Institute for the Achievement of Educational and Social Equity for Black Males;
8.Involve experts in the implementation of the recommendations; and
9.Establish benchmarks and hold CUNY colleges accountable for implementing these recommendations.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Academic Advising/College Survival Skills 

Program Start Month

September 

Program Start Year

2005 

Current Number of Students

3000 

Program Initiated

In May of 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."

For a short history of The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI), please visit: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi/history.html

Program Funded

Funding
• CUNY BMI is supported by funding from the New York City Council, private foundations and corporate giving programs
• Since the 2005-2006 academic year, CUNY BMI has received five (5) consecutive grants from the New York City Council
• Over the course of the last two (2) years, CUNY BMI administrators have been able to leverage the support CUNY BMI receives from the New York City Council to secure funding from private foundations and corporate giving programs such as the Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, the Schott Foundation for Public Education, and the Goldman Sachs Foundation. 

College President and Administrators Involvement

The City University of New York
CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs/Division of Student Affairs
The City University of New York Black Male Initiative (CUNY BMI)

The City University of New York (CUNY) is the nation’s largest urban public university with twenty-three (23) institutions: eleven (11) senior colleges, six (6) community colleges, the William E. Macaulay Honors College, the Graduate School and University Center, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism, the CUNY School of Law at Queens College, and the CUNY School of Public Health.  The University serves more than 230,000 degree-credit students and 230,000 adult, continuing and professional education students.  The CUNY Central Office of Academic Affairs and the CUNY Central Division of Student Affairs are responsible for the development and implementation of CUNY BMI.  One of a wide array of University-wide programs dedicated to academic achievement and student success, CUNY BMI supports the enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented groups, particularly African American, Caribbean and Latino males, at all of the University’s senior, comprehensive and community colleges as well as the Graduate Center and the CUNY School of Law.  Though targeted towards African American males and other underrepresented groups, CUNY BMI does not discriminate based on race or gender and will serve as a model for improving educational outcomes of all students.  All programs and activities of the Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristics.  For the 2009-2010 academic year, CUNY BMI funds twenty-seven (27) projects including student development programs at the University’s six (6) community colleges.  For specific project descriptions and contact information of BMI project directors and coordinators, please visit: http://www.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi/campuses/2010projects.html

Program Success Story

Please visit the CUNY BMI webpage at: please visit: http://www.cuny.edu/bmi or
http://web.cuny.edu/academics/oaa/initiatives/bmi.html 
Attachments
ProgramBrochure.pdf    
Created at 12/1/2009 12:27 AM  by System Account 
Last modified at 2/2/2015 10:38 AM  by KEVIN CHRISTIAN 
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