History, Mission & Vision
The Urban Male Initiative started its initial programming development efforts in the fall of 2012. The Interim Vice President for Student Affairs saw a need for programming, which focused on the development and retention of minority men therefore, in the spring of 2014 he re-introduced the initiation of these efforts. As a result, in the summer of 2014, three planning meetings were held with faculty, staff, and students to determine the direction and needs for this program on our campus. In the fall of 2014, we launched our first retreat with about 10 men in attendance and we are growing 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
“Empowering, Redefining, and Becoming Men of Content and Character”