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 A team from Governors State University partnered with their counterparts at Prairie State College to explore the possibility of expanding our Dual Degree Program partnership to link the Male Success Initiatives on both campuses to multiply their impact. Our collaborative efforts culminated in the creation of the Dual Degree Program-Male Success Initiative. The DDP-MSI goals are:

  • To increase the number of men of color who enroll in the DDP at one of our partner community colleges, earn their associate degrees, transfer to Governors State University (or any other accredited, not-for-profit university that best meets their academic needs), and graduate with their baccalaureate degrees.
  • To become a model for the community college-to-university pathway for men of color. 

Team members conducted research on effective strategies to enhance the success of men of color in college and embraced the work of Dr. Shaun Harper, Executive Director of the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania and a leader in research and practice in this field.  As we began developing a comprehensive DDP-MSI Strategic Plan, we were guided by his “Eight Standards for Black Male Campus Initiatives.” 

The GSU-PSC Core Team for the DDP-Male Success Initiative represents faculty and student development leaders on both campuses:

  • William Berkley, Advisor and Coordinator, Male Success Initiative, PSC
  • Robert Clay, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs, GSU
  • Dr. Rupert Evans, Associate Professor, Chairman, and Program Director, Department of Health Administration, GSU
  • Roshaunda Ross, Director of the Dual Degree Program, GSU
  • Felix Simpkins, Dean of Student Development and Campus Life, PSC
  • Dr. Greg Thomas, Vice President of Student Affairs, PSC
  • Dr. Linda Uzureau, Assistant to the President for Community College Partnerships, GSU
  • Elighie Wilson, Professor of Communication and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts, PSC

shaunharper We were delighted that Dr. Harper was present at the Dual Degree Program-Male Success Initiative Summit on October 1st, 2015, in the Center for the Performing Arts at Governors State University.  The event included a keynote address by Dr. Shaun Harper, a ceremonial signing of the GSU-PSC MSI Agreement, and an engaging special student panel.

For more information about the Male Success Initiative call 708.534.4551, or email msi@govst.edu.

 

DDP-MSI Events

MSI Symposium featuring Dr. Frank Harris III and Dr. Luke Wood (April 2016)

The Male Success Initiative (MSI) is an intergenerational enrichment program designed to help male students, particular men of color, create a game plan for their success at GSU and beyond.  On April, 12th, 2016 Governors State University held the Male Success Initiative Symposium to discuss strategies to assist in the retention and graduation of male students of color.  Drs. Frank Harris III and Luke Wood, from San Diego State University were invited to GSU’s campus to discuss their premier research on men of color: who they are, the challenges they face while in college and strategies that university personnel can implement on their campuses to help them succeed. 

Drs. Harris and Wood implored faculty, staff and students to delve further into the research and take the opportunity to expand on their learning to assist men of color on college campuses. For those that wish to continue to develop in this area, an all online certificate training program, “Teaching Men of Color in the Community College” is being offered through the Center for Organizational Responsibility and Advancement.

 

Formation of the Core Team and Planning Activities (2014-2015)

Formed GSU-PSC Core Team for the DDP-Male Success Initiative, representing faculty and student development leaders on both campuses:

  • William Berkely, Advisor and Coordinator, Male Success Initiative, PSC
  • Robert Clay, Director of Intercultural Student Affairs, GSU
  • Dr. Rupert Evans, Associate Professor, Chairman, and Program Director, Department of Health Administration, GSU
  • Roshaunda Ross, (Previous) Director of the Dual Degree Program, GSU
  • Felix Simpkins, Dean of Student Development and Campus Life, PSC
  • Dr. Greg Thomas, Vice President of Student Affairs, PSC
  • Dr. Linda Uzureau, Assistant to the President for Community College Partnerships, GSU
  • Elighie Wilson, Professor of Communication and Interim Dean of Liberal Arts, PSC

Sent a delegation (DDP Transfer Specialist from GSU and an advisor from PSC, led by Dr. Greg Thomas), to the Black, Brown, and College Bound conference to study and report back on men of color initiatives throughout the country.

Conducted research on effective strategies to enhance the success of men of color in college; identified the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania (Dr. Shaun R. Harper, Executive Director) as the leader in research and practice in this field.

Initiated “Strengths Finder” training for DDP staff to enable them to utilize this positive tool in advising, particularly when advising men of color.

Four Core Team members attended the Penn Summit on Black Male College Student Success, hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. 

President Terri Winfree, PSC, hosted the Core Team at a webinar entitled “Aspirations to Achievement: Men of Color and Community Colleges,” based upon the CCCSE report of the same name.

Core Team members presented their preliminary plans and received approval from the GSU and community college presidents at the Fall 2014 meeting of the Chicagoland Alliance for Degree Completion.

Two Core Team members attended the White House Summit on Educational Excellence for African Americans, hosted by the Center for the Study of Race and Equity in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.

Core Team began developing a comprehensive DDP-MSI Strategic Plan, guided by “Eight Standards forBlack Male Campus Initiatives” (Harper and Kuykendall, 2012) to achieve our goals by:           

  • identifying additional members, including faculty and students, to serve on the extended team from both campuses.
  • compiling and sharing the data on the current status of enrollment, retention, and graduation of men of color on both campuses.
  • identifying the effective strategies and activities that are already in place for men of color on both campuses and exploring ways to collaborate on those strategies and activities.
  • engaging men of color in activities on both campuses.
  • encouraging men of color at PSC to enroll in the DDP and to develop a four-year plan to earn their associate degree, transfer, and complete their baccalaureate degree.
  • encouraging men of color to serve as Peer Mentors in the DDP.
  • securing preliminary support from campus stakeholders—from students, to faculty, to academic/student development leaders, to the presidents—for our Strategic Plan to achieve our goals.
  • planning a DDP-MSI Summit.
  • joining the National Consortium on College Men of Color (NCCMC), led by Dr. J. Luke Wood of San Diego State University, and sending a delegation of four Core Team members to their Working Group meeting in July, 2015.

Eight Standards for Black Male Campus Initiatives

  1. Inequities are transparent and data are used to guide institutional activities.
  2. Black undergraduate men are meaningfully engaged as collaborators and viewed as experts in designing, implementing, and assessing campus initiatives.
  3. Actions are guided by a written strategy document that is collaboratively developed by various institutional stakeholders, ranging from undergraduate students to the college president.
  4. Learning, academic achievement, student development, and improved degree attainment rates are prioritized over social programming.
  5. Initiatives are grounded in published research on college men and masculinities in general and on Black male undergraduates in particular.
  6. Efforts are enhanced by insights from Black male student achievers.
  7. Institutional agents engage in honest conversation about racism and its harmful effects on Black male student outcomes.
  8. At every level, institutional agents are held accountable for improving Black male students retention, academic success, engagement, and graduation rates.

Source: S.R. Harper and J.A. Kuykendall, “Institutional Efforts to Improve Black Male Student Achievements: A Standards-Based Approach, “Change 44, no. 2 (2012): 23-29.