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History and Goals

CUNY Black Male Initiative

The Urban Male Leadership Academy at Borough of Manhattan Community College is proud to continue its affiliation with the City University of New York (CUNY) Black Male Initiative (BMI). Through funding from the New York City Council, CUNY BMI has established projects to support the enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented groups in all five boroughs of New York City and at all the CUNY senior, comprehensive and community colleges including the CUNY Graduate Center and the CUNY Law School. Funds from CUNY BMI also support several targeted CUNY High School Equivalency (HSE) programs. Though CUNY BMI projects target African, African American/Black, Caribbean and Latino/Hispanic males and other underrepresented groups, it is expected that the entire University will benefit from what is learned from efforts with these targeted populations.

Project Goals

The overall project goals for the Urban Male Leadership Academy (UMLA) at Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) for the academic year are a continuation of the program’s emphases since its inception during the 2005-2006 academic year. UMLA remains devoted to accomplishing the following objectives:

  1. To increase retention and graduation rates of underserved students, particularly African American and Latino males at BMCC
  2. To ensure that underserved students graduate from BMCC with the academic and vocational skills to be successful in future schooling and the workplace
  3. To work collaboratively with identified high schools and community-based organizations to recruit and sustain the number of underserved students in the pipeline to higher education
  4. To increase the transfer rate to baccalaureate programs among underserved students
  5. To increase the number of underserved students, particularly African American and Latino males, who major in elementary or mathematics and/or science education and pursue careers in teaching in New York City public schools

Women students are actively encouraged to participate in all programs and activities sponsored by UMLA. In addition, all programs and activities of the BMCC Urban Male Leadership Academy are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic.

Urban Male Leadership Academy

199 Chambers Street, Room S430E
New York, NY 10007

Phone: (212) 220-8000 ext 7276

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