Mission, Vision, and Goals


The Urban Male Initiative started its initial program development efforts in the fall of 2012. Vice President, Dr. Corey A. King saw a need for programming, which focused on the development and retention of minority men. As a result of several planning meetings with faculty, staff, and students to determine the direction and needs for this program on our campus; in the fall of 2014 UMI launched its first retreat. Over the past several years the program under the leadership of the Vice President for the Division of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management has continued to grow into a comprehensive academic and retention program.


The mission of the Urban Male Initiative at Florida Atlantic University is to develop and motivate urban male students, to successfully identify and utilize pathways to a timely graduation and job placement. This will be accomplished through interactive, inclusive programming focused on mentorship, peer accountability, academic and social-based events; all while developing a strong sense of purpose, self-identity, and community.


The Urban Male Initiative will create a community of urban male students who are academically driven, self and socially aware, and motivated to make a difference within themselves, as well as their campus and global communities.


  • Foster a sense of community on the FAU campus
  • Establish positive mentoring and peer advising relationships
  • Assist students in identifying resources on and off campus for both academic and social success
  • Help students develop a plan for academic and career achievement
  • Assist students in focusing on and sharpening academic skills

Program Overview

  • One on One mentoring
  • Discussion/rap sessions
  • VIP lunch series
  • Community service opportunities
  • Access to research, internship, conference, and travel opportunities
  • Signature Events (UMI Institute and UMI Retreat)
  • Guest speaker series/literature series
  • Assistance with Graduate School Application Process


“Empowering, Redefining, and Becoming Men of Content and Character”