2006-2007 Funded Projects

The City University of New York Black Male Initiative

Summary of Funded Projects, 2006-2007

With a second round of funding from the New York City Council, CUNY has established projects to support the enrollment and retention of students from underrepresented groups in all five boroughs of New York City, at all senior and community colleges and at the Graduate Center. While these projects target Black males they do not exclude participation by women or other ethnic groups in staffing or program services. It is expected that the entire University will benefit from what is learned from efforts with this target population. Through all efforts, approximately 1,250 students will be served through December 31, 2007. For general information about the Black Male Initiative, please contact Elliott Dawes at 212 794-5651. To find out about specific projects funded under the BMI, please contact the campus representative


Project Description

Bernard M. Baruch College

Penelope Terry, Director of Admissions
646 312 1375

The College will continue its work in developing a stronger connection to diverse communities to increase awareness of the institution among Black, Hispanic and Asian communities in NYC. Market penetration efforts begun with the first round of funding are being gradually institutionalized and will be more focused in the coming year on initiatives that realized high impact. A mix of media, campus visits, direct mailings, and connections with high schools and community college personnel will enable the college to build further momentum and results.

Borough of Manhattan Community College

Michael Haynes, VP of Student Life
212 220-8130

Funds will be used to establish a Leadership Academy, which will provide a broad array of services aimed at empowering participants to achieve academic success. The Academy will establish high benchmarks aimed at identifying talented students and provide expanded and individualized academic support services as well as a wide range of activities (including cultural activities, mentoring and leadership training) aimed at preparing them to serve as future leaders, contributing to their communities and serving as role models for others.

Bronx Community College

George Sanchez, VP of Academic Affairs
718 289-5141

The program will identify, train and employ a cadre of high-performing college students to mentor, advise and tutor high school students with the goal of increasing their enrollment at BCC, and "at-risk" BCC college students to increase their retention. Focus groups will be used to identify and synthesize most common problems and possible solutions, and select administrators, faculty and staff will be brought together with prospective students to discuss risks, barriers, and motivating success stories.

Brooklyn College

George Cunningham, Professor
718 951-5350

The College will continue to work to foster retention through academic success and to implement new and more aggressive strategies to recruit underserved populations in the coming year. Proposed activities include recruiting 30 high school students, providing a week-long summer institute during which cohort groups will be formed, expanding on themes during semester seminars, and offering a tutorial program.

City College of New York

E. Maudette Brownlee, SEEK Director
212 650-7955

This project will continue to offer college students different types of learning experiences within the context of supportive relations in order to strengthen students' commitment to college and motivation to succeed. A new component will target pre-college students to develop an applicant pool for admission to the College.

The Graduate School and University Center

Julia Wrigley, Acting Associate Provost
and Dean for Academic Affairs
212 817-7282

This new project is designed to address the severe under representation of the target population in graduate programs at CUNY. Recruitment visits by promising applicants traveling from other regions will be sponsored, and two events will be hosted to bring promising undergraduates attending local colleges to the Graduate Center.

CUNY Adult Literacy Mentoring Program

Leslee Oppenheim, Director of Language and Literacy Programs
212 794-5437

Three campus-based adult literacy programs, at Brooklyn College, Bronx Community College and Lehman College, will develop new structures and processes designed to reach out to, and support students, with college potential who are at risk of dropping out of CUNY GED programs, in order to increase the number of students from under-represented groups, in particular Black males, who complete their course of study at these programs, receive their GED diplomas, and continue their education at CUNY. The project, built around a mentoring structure at each of the three programs, will serve as a pilot that can be extended to other CUNY literacy/GED programs in the future.

Eugenio Maria de Hostos Community College

Daniel Voloch, College Now Coordinator
718 518-6750

This continuation project includes a faculty-student mentoring program, open to all HCC students; a male mentoring group which pairs college students with faculty mentors and in which the students serve as mentors to high school and middle school male students; a new component to provide similar services to female students; and a Young Men's Leadership Institute for 9th and 10th grade students in schools partnering with College Now at Hostos.

Hunter College

Marcia Cantarella, Associate Dean
of Student Opportunities
212 772-4825

Last year's effort was a collaboration by several departments to develop a framework to successfully recruit, retain and graduate high achieving Black male students. This continuation project focuses on recruitment efforts and on nurturing and developing students from underrepresented groups in their freshman and sophomore years. Recruitment activities will include a scholarship program, small media campaign, community outreach. Retention and success activities will include access to weekly meetings with peers, faculty or staff; academic counseling; a buddy program; a mentor; leadership development; tutoring; parent and special events.

Hunter College School of Social Work

Darrell Wheeler, Associate Professor
212 772-4825

This academic-community partnership and learning community will engage Hunter students in an active learning experience that focuses on issues of health disparities within male populations. This new project builds on Hunter's faculty and research strengths and collaborations among basic sciences, social sciences and professional schools.
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Rubie Malone, AVP Strategic Planning
212 237-8810

This continuing project will further develop partnerships with high school administrators, counselors and students to target outreach to underrepresented groups and encourage them to use college support programs. Goals include understanding student perspectives, research, creating a web of support, development of special instructional programs, and developing a mentoring program. A second continuing project will enhance existing college support programs to specifically target and meet the needs of underrepresented groups. A network of "first responders" from faculty, staff and counselors will work with at risk students, and a career development component will be incorporated. The goal is to increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who successfully complete a degree program at the college.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Douglas Thompkins, Professor
212 484-1118

This new project will expand a research project begun as part of the College's initial BMI program to include other CUNY colleges and populations of CUNY students. Focus groups will be conducted among current John Jay students, NYC high school students, and students in three other CUNY colleges. Two additional groups who will be surveyed or interviewed are Black males who are not in school or employed, who are involved in the criminal justice system, and/or who are attending Princeton University and other institutions of higher education. The research team includes a diverse group of more than 20 undergraduate and graduate students who are actively involved in carrying out parts of the research design and gaining skills that will allow them to compete for funded positions in graduate programs and research positions in the labor market.
Kingsborough Community College

Stuart Suss, Provost
718 368-5661

This new program is designed to enroll and retain students from under-represented groups through a series of targeted interventions, including a focused recruitment effort, pre-enrollment counseling and support, involvement in a pre-freshman academic program and registration into a learning community appropriate to their program of study in their first semester. The program will also continue to expand activities of a pilot group.

Fiorello H. LaGuardia Community College

Renee Butler, Senior Administrator for Student Affairs
718 482-5292

This new project will expand a program that addresses under-represented student populations in terms of participation, satisfaction, and critical outcomes (e.g., retention and GPA). Tutoring and counseling services will be provided to students from under-represented groups who are identified as "at-risk" for not passing their courses and persisting in their programs of study. The goal of the project is to both identify those barriers which may impede the students’ success and to enhance those experiences that involve, engage and connect students to the College.

Lehman College

John Holloway, Associate Dean
718 960-8242

This new project is a collaboration between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs to assist full-time first-time freshmen in transitioning from high school to college. Activities include a mentoring program that assigns each participant both a faculty/staff mentor and an academically successful upper-division student mentor , a modified freshman seminar, a service learning project, a speaker series, formation of a club, support from an affinity group composed of alumni and friends of the college and sophomore assistance.

CUNY Prep @ Night

Derrick Griffith, Director and Principal

718 839-8862

This continuing project aims to increase the number of college students from underrepresented groups by preparing adults for success on the GED with the goal of college matriculation. The program will meet evenings Monday through Thursday, and schedule tutoring/college planning Saturday workshops through the year.

New York City College of Technology

Sonja Jackson, Dean of Curriculum and Instruction
718 260-5560

This continuing project is a coordinated initiative to attract, retain and graduate students in STEM disciplines. In addition to student success, campus climate issues will be a focus of the program and will be addressed through a series of faculty development seminars. Activities will take place at various levels: institutional, departmental, and student, and outreach and recruitment to high schools will be enhanced.

Queens College

June Bobb, Acting Assistant Provost
718 997-5780

Working with academic departments, programs and support services dedicated to promoting excellence in undergraduate education and student success, this new project is designed to address issues of equity and inclusion and to mobilize the College community to put in place strategies and practices to address problems of enrollment and retention, and to create a climate of access.

Queensborough Community College

Christina Johnson, Director of Sponsored Programs
718 281-5385

This continuing project will provide support services for its initial cohort as well as recruit, enroll and support the success of a new cohort of students through a variety of activities, including personalized outreach, parent involvement, a summer immersion/enrichment program, formal and informal faculty contact, a mentoring program, and e-portfolios.

The College of Staten Island

Debra Evans-Green, Director of C-STEP
718 982-2638


This project will increase the number of students from underrepresented groups who enter college by providing tutors, mentors and teachers who are themselves members of underrepresented groups and will function as role models. Intervention begins in high school, continues through college, and is enhanced by a number of existing related projects.

York College

Jonathan Quash, Men's Center Director
718 262-2248

This continuing project is designed to increase enrollment and assist students to develop and achieve the academic, personal and professional skills that are needed to succeed in college and beyond. Activities include focused recruitment of freshmen into the college's flagship programs of study, recruitment of transfer students from CUNY community colleges, various retention activities, tutoring opportunities, offering of a credit-bearing Student Development course, and creation of a Men’s Center that will provide services including counseling, mentoring, internships and job placements, career and personal development seminars. Partnerships will be promoted with alumni and public and private organizations.