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Rap Sessions

The Urban Male Initiative host engaging sessions with various topics to enhance the success of our students and provide resources.

The Urban Male Initaitive Program

The Urban Male Initiative program is focused on enhancing the well-being of First-Generation, minority male students, through a comprehensive development program focused on Academic Success, Career Readiness, Cultural Competency, Financial Literacy, and Personal Enrichment. The overall goal of the Urban Male Initiative program is to 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.

2020 The Urban Male Institute

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Students who successfully complete the program success points may receive a $300.00 book stipend ($150.00 Fall and Spring allocation), which can be used to purchase books or other academic materials pertinent to their success.

In addition, students may also be eligible to apply for Emergency GAP funding, allocated to program participants on a case-by-case basis, to help alleviate financial barriers that may be impeding their persistence towards graduation.

Program Eligibility

In order to participate in UMI, a student must be:

  1. A First-Generation College Student (neither parent nor guardian has completed a bachelor’s degree within the United States)
  2. A first-time in college freshman
  3. Identify as either an African American or Latino male
  4. Complete the UMI program success points every semester to maintain eligibility*

*Note: Students who do not complete the program success points will have a financial hold placed on their account and may be held liable for the repayment of the stipend.

Program Success Points

Cultural Competency Financial Literacy Career Readiness Office Check-ins UMI Program Core

Attend (1) cultural competency and (1) First Generation event within the year:

Celebrating Hispanic/ Latinx Heritage Address

Coming out Monologues

First-Gen Welcome Reception

Tunnel Vision or Visit any events that are sent out via the weekly calendar

Attend 1 “Owl Making Cents” Financial Wellness Workshop

Meet with your financial Aid Advisor

Career Consultation (Fall): Create a Career Action Plan

Career Readiness (Spring): Create a Resume and complete a Mock Interview

Two formal check-in per semester

1st Check-in: Complete an Academic Goal

2nd Check-in: Complete an academic Progress Report*

*Students who are within a 2.0-2,4 GPA range will be paired with a
Peer Academic Coach (PAC)

Attend two UMI events per semester:

  • Kickoff*
  • Social
  • RAP Session
  • UMI Institute*
  • UMI Retreat*
* Required for all program participants