Mission, Vision, and Goals

History

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.

Mission

Our mission in Urban Male Initiative at FAU is to enhance the well-being of the urban male student through a four section curriculum that pays close attention to students Academic Success, Career Development, Community Engagement, and Personal Enrichment.

Vision

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.

Goals

  • 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

Motto

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