Who We Are

The Black Male Initiative is a safe space for Black male students to freely discuss their problems and issues in an open, familiar, and understanding environment without reproach or fear of embarrassment.

Through sharing experiences, discussing problems, and crafting solutions, the BMI bolsters confidence, supports its community, and keeps black male students actively engaged in the journey to graduation and future success.

As a group, Black male students at SUNY Empire’s Manhattan location experience the greatest amount of difficulty completing their university degrees. In 2009, SUNY Empire faculty, staff, and students set out to identify causes and develop solutions, and the Black Male Initiative was formed.

Black male students experiencing any barrier to completing their degree are encouraged to reach out to BMI members and faculty advisors for assistance, guidance, and solutions.

The BMI supports black male students, but you don't have to be black or male to support this community.
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David A. Fullard, Ph.D., LMHC
Program Coordinator and Faculty Advisor
Empire State University
4 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10016