AACC_MinMaleRetProgs: Houston Community College System - Minority Male Initiative

Program Name

Houston Community College System - Minority Male Initiative  


Charles Hebert 

First Name

Dr. Charles 

Last Name


Contact Title

Special Assistant, Deputy Chancellor 


Houston Community College System 


3100 Main 

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Program Description

The Minority Male Initiative (MMI) is a gender specific program designed to support the development of new structures in primary, secondary and post-secondary educational environments. These new structures will seek to optimize the performance, retention and graduation rates of minority males (specifically African-American and Hispanic) and provide them with the opportunity to experience a seamless transition into higher education, improve problem solving skills, develop social and emotional competencies, build character, and ultimately become reputable and respectable citizens that impact the 21st Century workforce.

Program Services

Mentoring; Tutoring; Counseling 

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Program Initiated

MMI was originally initiated at the request of former Chancellor Bruce Leslie in 2005. Dr. Leslie charged Dr. Charles Hebert with organizing a system-wide committee to develop strategies and activities to implement a Minority Male Initiative to increase the access, retention and matriculation rates of minority males at HCC. Currently, HCC Trustees including the Chairman of the Board Dr. Michael P. Williams who also Chairs MMI's Steering Committee, are providing leadership for MMI.

Program Funded

The program is funded through institutional funds, grants and corporate sponsorships.

College President and Administrators Involvement

They are involved in advisory capacities and other areas of support such as providing staff support.

Program Success Story

Testimony of Ismael Benitez, HCC Student
Minority Male Initiative, Men of Honor Organization

When I came to HCC I had faced many challenges in my life. I had been in a gang and saw many of my friends killed in front of me. When I decided to turn my life around, I did not have any family support. My family abandoned me and told me I was crazy for going to school.  

But even with all the challenges I was determined to attend school. 

Then I had a chance to join the HCC Men of Honor Organization and go to the Black Brown College Bound Conference in Tampa, Florida with the group. That trip turned out to be a very valuable experience for me. When we returned from the conference I felt like a new person.  My advisor helped me get a part-time job at HCC. She also helped me get some scholarships. She and others involved with the MOH were always there when I needed advice and they gave me constant support and encouragement.

I plan to obtain a degree in education and become a high school math teacher. I owe a lot of my success to the HCC Minority Male Initiative Program. I am very grateful for their support.
Created at 4/6/2010 2:48 PM  by System Account 
Last modified at 4/12/2010 11:37 AM  by System Account 
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