The Mizzou Black Men’s Initiative (MBMI) is a two-year leadership development program provided by the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center. We understand that leaving home can be challenging, therefore, the purpose of the program is to assist in the successful transition of Black freshmen males into the collegiate environment. There are three pillars that guide the operation of the program: Support, Development, and Involvement
Students are supported through one on one meetings with professional staff members and peer mentors to allow time for goal setting, academic monitoring, and social support.
Leadership skills are developed through the SSC 1150, SSC 2100, and EDLPA 3100 courses, participation in leadership activities, and community service opportunities.
Lastly, students are encouraged to get involved through various campus lectures, exposure to campus resources, and our networking events with faculty/staff, and community leaders.
The MBMI program was awarded the 2015 Outstanding Men’s Program for the American College Personnel Association (ACPA). The MBMI program was also awarded the 2015 Outstanding Program by the University of Missouri Division of Student Affairs. In 2016, MBMI was recognized by the Legion of Black Collegians Student Government as the organization of the year.
Learn more about the MBMI program by downloading our brochure here.
If you have any questions about the MBMI program contact Donald D. Gilliam, Program Instructor at the Gaines/Oldham Black Culture Center at 573.882.2664 or GilliamDD@missouri.edu