The college’s focus on the Black male resulted from review of research and analyses that impact this segment of America’s population. Collectively, the results of this review indicated dire conditions for the Black male and the need for a sense of urgency to address contributing causes.
The mission of MBK evolved from discussions with Black male professionals in the college: Increase participation, retention and graduation of Black males at Santa Fe College. The initiative required a comprehensive plan that was based on analyses of issues that affect Black males and effective strategies to address these issues. Planning, evaluation and intervention strategies occurred within a context of collaboration, a culture of inquiry and a culture of evidence.
A Steering Committee was charged by the College President to develop a draft of a research-based long-range plan for implementing, evaluating and institutionalizing MBK. A draft of the plan was shared with Academic Affairs and Student Affairs for review and suggestions for refinements. The final plan was presented to the Board of Trustees and the initiative was implemented fall of 2006.