This initiative is intended to increase, encourage and support the inclusion and educational success of under-represented groups in higher education, in particular black males. All programs and activities of the Black Male Initiative are open to all academically eligible students, faculty and staff, without regard to race, gender, national origin or other characteristic.
Based on a report to the Chancellor by a University Task Force on the Black Male Initiative, the program seeks to:
• Provide strong University leadership on the challenges facing black youth and men;
• Strengthen the school-to-college pipeline to enable many more black male students to move into higher education;
• Increase admission and graduation rates at CUNY colleges;
• Improve teacher education to prepare professionals for urban education;
• Improve employment prospects for black males;
• Contribute to the reduction of the incarceration rate for black men;
• Establish an Institute for the Achievement of Educational and Social Equity for Black Males;
• Involve experts in the implementation of the recommendations; and
• Establish benchmarks and hold CUNY colleges accountable for implementing these recommendations.
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